Category Archive for 'Insects'

things that go bump in the night

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I’m a little late in reporting this, but late in the evening on August 4th, while out photographing moths, I was struck on the head repeatedly by this large beetle — a Spotted Pelidnota Beetle (Pelidnota punctata). It was a little larger and more robust than the “June Bug” beetles that we see [...]

pretty in pink

Friday, July 25th, 2008

guess who’s back in town?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Guess who’s back in town?
Yes, it’s those wonderfully bizarre Mantidflies (Climaciella brunnea). This summer’s weather has been a little odd – cool and rainy – so insect activity hasn’t seemed to be entirely normal. I’d been watching for the return of the Mantidflies, and perhaps they have been around for awhile, [...]

after dark

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Just a short post today. On nights when I’m not too tired, I’ve been going out looking for moths after dark. Sometimes I set up a bug-zapper lamp wrapped in a white sheet (to prevent moth fatalities), and other times, I just walk around the garden with a flashlight, watching for moths [...]

coming apart at the seams

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Yesterday, an hour or so before sunset, I went for a walk in the fields to check for signs of life on the milkweed plants. Apart from the Monarch caterpillars, I had a couple of interesting finds.
The first was a Katydid in the process of molting – click on the above photo for a [...]

precious metals

Friday, July 4th, 2008

One evening last week, just before sunset, I spotted a bead of molten gold on a morning glory leaf in the garden. Closer inspection revealed a mating pair of Golden Tortoise Beetles (Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor). For once, I didn’t have a camera in hand — I was taking vegetable scraps out to the [...]

playing dead

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Last night, after working in the vegetable garden, I came in and sat down with my laptop to check email. A short time later, I found this tiny green weevil — I’m quite sure it’s a Pale Green Weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons) – wandering around the keyboard. It’s very minute – about the length [...]