Mark Sturtevant wrote:
This is one of the younger nymphs of the marmorated stink bug. A very common species, but they look very different as nymphs. Another invasive species, btw.
I believe these are being predated on by one of our Specid wasps.
Food for larva. They end up parasitized.
These do not seem(to me ) to be as bad as what they are replacing. I don't see the damage the other stink bug caused on fruit.
As do many stink bugs, they hibernate. Our houses are a hibernation shelter for them.
Difficult to kill with insecticides. Try hand(in a glove) picking and drop in soapy water.
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
This is a 'blood worm', perhaps more than one as they tend to tangle together. Blood worms are in the same group as earthworms, as they are segmented. They are a very favored form of live fish food.
I remember finding horsehair worms in a lake while camping. Very, very strange creatures.
That is one worm. It is 5 or 6 inches long. I have a Blue Spotted Sunfish about 2.5 inches, it loved the worm.
Viceroy butterfly caterpillar,thanks
First instar, about 3-4mm.
I think these morph as they grow.
maybe someone knows what kind it is
I would go for a Nymphalid. Maybe a Limenitis.
Rear it. Try the plant it's on.
To a favorite stream.
Was a good day. I got about a key or more of gravel and a nice bunch of grass for my aquarium. And, what I believe is a 'Horsehair' worm.
These are internal parasites of many insects, including Giant Water Bugs. It is .5 mm andover 100 mm long.
A first for me.
Shot at .5x and 1x
Photos leave a lot to be desired.
Reposts later, long day.
Also known as a Gordian worm.
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Now that's funny.
Mount Fuji mountain oysters.
Thanks for the laughs. You mentioned proof reading. Please tell me exactly what they are selling at this auction
Looks like a link to that info in the third paragraph below "Public auction."
What's a tube??? 🤣🤣
A device placed between lens and camera to shorten minimum focus distance.
This is another of the generous gift of specimens that Bill sent to me for focus stacking sessions.
I'm confident that Bill will identify it for me when he view's this post. I was surprised to find how fuzzy it was for to the normal eye it appeared to to have a smooth texture. An outstanding feature of this little beetle is that its antenna are much longer than its body.
As always, thanks in advance to all who view and for any comments, recommendations and critique.
Did I hear someone mention my name?
This is the milkweed stem boring Tetraopes tetropthalmus. A Cerambicid.
They are found on milkweed in the summer and fall.
There are a number of specimens sent to you that all share the warning colors. Many feed on milkweed. They all taste bad, make that BAD.
You can take my first hand word.
I had noticed the 'hair' thru a microscope years ago. They will get full of pollen. They feed in the flowers as adults, are stem borers as larva.
And a goodnight, Gary.
I had noticed they were 'hairy' from the way pollen zsticks to them
Interesting selection again. That cricket is a real cool dude, I bet he doesn't have any difficulty in attracting the girls.
Tinusbum has one in east Texas. Little far to get together, tho.
Loves Labors Lost, sigh.
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
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I looked up differential. One of the meanings was"the product of the derivative of a function of one variable multiplied by the independent variable increment". That doesn't quite fit.
I believe it is because they change markings and colors as they molt towards adult. Green, yellow, even a slight reddish in different molts.
That cricket sure gets around. Was in Texas a day or two ago.
All well shot, of course.🖖
Live long and prosper.
This is a Leaf Footed Nymph bug that I posed for a focus stacking session. You can see from the leaf shaped rear foot that is visible how they got the name.
Thanks in advance to all who view and for your comments, suggestions and critique.
Wait till you find an adult.
Another insect that uses a foul smell as a defense.
A toad will grab them, then make faces as it spits it out. The stickey tongue trys to prevent that. Rather comic scene.
Toad never learns. I think that that proves it is an instinctive reaction to strike.
Bill was ever so gracious to send me a variety of specimens for macro/micro photo sessions for sharing and this is a bright red and black true bug of some type. I'm sure that he will identify it for me when he has a chance to respond to this post.
As always, thanks in advance to all who view and for your comments, suggestions and critiques.
Surprised no one else IDed this milkweed bug. I believe a small milkweed bug.
As you post I will ID the specimens.
The shipping method seems to work. It also gets around flamable liquid prohibition.
Been hot and muggy. That's late June for you.
Take care Gary, all.
This is a little beetle that I found in the yard today. It is the first time that I have found one like it and I do not know what it is although I do know that it can fly quite well.
Thanks in advance to all that view and for your comments, suggestions and critique.
May be related to cucumber leaf beetles and the like. Garden pests.