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Jul 2, 2019 10:59:53   #
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.
Bill
 
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Jul 2, 2019 10:47:10   #
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.


Thank you.
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.
Bill
Jul 1, 2019 22:23:30   #
tinusbum wrote:
Viceroy butterfly caterpillar,thanks


First instar, about 3-4mm.
I think these morph as they grow.
Bill
Jul 1, 2019 21:07:32   #
tinusbum wrote:
maybe someone knows what kind it is


I would go for a Nymphalid. Maybe a Limenitis.
Rear it. Try the plant it's on.
Bill
Jul 1, 2019 20:44:31   #
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.
Bill
Also known as a Gordian worm.


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Jun 30, 2019 15:03:52   #
 
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Jun 29, 2019 02:03:12   #
Graham Thirkill wrote:
Many of the newer cars have a "Back-Up Sensor "

that warns the driver before the rear bumper actually comes in

contact with something.

Who invented this sensor?

I'll bet you think it was Ford, maybe GM; how about Chrysler?

No? Then how about Mercedes Benz, or possibly the French

or Italian car manufacturers?

No, it was a Japanese farmer by the name of Kawasaki.

His invention was simple and effective.

It emits a high-pitch squeal before the vehicle backs into something.

Here's his first prototype..


Cheers and Beers
Graham
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Now that's funny.
Mount Fuji mountain oysters.
Bill
Jun 29, 2019 01:57:47   #
boberic wrote:
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."
Jun 29, 2019 01:44:30   #
hookedupin2005 wrote:
What's a tube??? 🤣🤣


A device placed between lens and camera to shorten minimum focus distance.
Bill
Jun 28, 2019 21:53:44   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
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.
Bill
I had noticed they were 'hairy' from the way pollen zsticks to them
Jun 28, 2019 14:18:54   #
EnglishBrenda wrote:
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.
Bill
 
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Jun 28, 2019 14:11:53   #
Mark Sturtevant wrote:
Here are the rest of the pictures taken at the park in which one can find our largest damselfly.
In this park, an abundant insect on the bushes was the red-headed bush cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus). This was certainly new! It appeared to me that they use their enlarged, flag-like palpae to signal to each other.

Next there are some exceedingly common insects. The stands of milkweed plants had our two different species of milkweed bugs. The first is the small milkweed bug (Lygaeus kalmii), and next is the large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus). Their bright colors of course are a warning to would-be predators that these insects are toxic because they feed on the poisonous sap of milkweed.
Milkweed bugs often concentrate on seed pods, where they use their beak to penetrate to the nutrient rich seeds. This reminds me of when I was in grad school, long, long ago, and in our lab was kept a colony of the large milkweed bugs because there were people doing research on them. In the Fall we would go out to collect the mature seed pods, and an old ‘cotton gin’ was used to thresh the pods and collect the seeds for the bugs. After a couple years of this, we probably got rather tired of the process because we later switched to just feeding them raw sunflower seeds from a commercial supplier. That worked just as well, but of course then the bugs were non-toxic.

Grasshoppers have long been a favorite subject because they just look weird somehow. Perhaps the most unremarkable of species is the differential grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis), but even these plain-as-dirt insects are worth a look.

In a field I came across a ‘mystery chrysalis’. It had to go unidentified for a time, but eventually it was learned that this is the pupa of the red-spotted purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis).

Finally, here is an insect that I certainly don't’ recall photographing before. This moth (and yes, it is a moth) is an excellent mimic of a yellow jacket wasp. It is the raspberry crown borer (Pennisetia marginata). Of course it is widely viewed that mimicry of bees and wasps are a way to gain protection against predators like birds, and there is presumably some truth to that. But another idea that has been floating around recently is that harmless insects mimic stinging insects not so much to deter birds but to avoid predation by social wasps like hornets, paper wasps, and yellow jackets. You see, these social insects are constantly in search for insect meat to feed their larvae. This predation pressure actually stretches back in time to long before there were birds, and so the more recent proposal is that many insects mimic bees and wasps in order to gain immunity from predatory social wasps! This is a very clever idea, but it has to be experimentally tested.
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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.
Bill
Jun 28, 2019 13:33:22   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
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
Jun 28, 2019 13:14:49   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
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.
Bill
Jun 26, 2019 22:15:43   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
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.


A Chrysomelidae.
May be related to cucumber leaf beetles and the like. Garden pests.
???
Pretty shot.
Bill
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