@eradami submitted: This little Metric Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus) very politely ignored the mailwoman as she delivered our mail. The same cannot be said of the pupper.
This American Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta americana) crossed paths with me on my walk between classes. I think they were going to the library to study!
This Black Horse Fly (Tabanus atratus) was found tragically deceased, but the ants got a feast out of it!
I’ve met far more aggressive dogs than I have aggressive wasps tbh. But I love them both equally :) What a beautiful wasp friend, though! I agree the caterpillar looks ready to buckle down and study hard for their upcoming test. RIP, horse fly! Always nice when a bug gets a meal even though another had to die for it. So it goes…
@jinx1365 submitted: I found these nice bugs in the uk (south west, near Bournemouth) the yellow one I had to get off someone’s collar, and the moth I found in my garage. I think the yellow one is a longhorn beetle but I’m not sure about the moth?
Yes, it’s a longhorn beetle, specifically a spotted longhorn, Rutpela maculata. The moth is a noctuid, Mormo maura, commonly called the old lady. Why? Because apparently people thought their wing patterns were reminiscent of the shawls worn by old ladies in Victorian times. They’re also called black underwings, which doesn’t make much sense, as their underwings are dark brown. Gotta love common names :)
I noticed this little dark paper wasp had a deformed wing and was trying to figure out how to get down to the gross water in this cup, so I went inside and cut a grape in half and took it outside for it. It was scared of me at first, and kept standing up very tall and trying to hide without falling, and then it figured out the grape was food, and I got a little video of it climbing aboard.
I have no illusions that this little one will survive long, all things considered, but for the price of half a grape, I was able to put a small kindness into the world, and share a gentle experience with a creature that deeply frightens me right back. The cool photos were a good bonus.
“Blue-banded Digger Bees are solitary bees that have the ability to buzz pollinate flowers. Clinging onto the flower’s anthers, the bee vibrates its body at a particular frequency that causes pollen from the flower to be released.”
#insects#bugs#bee #blue banded bee #this will be today's #one nice bug #as i don't have time to find one myself!
@enbyboiwonder submitted: I visited the Dallas Arboretum today and saw a bunch of bug friends. Heard them, too—cicadas (two different species, I believe) and crickets, though unfortunately I didn’t get to see any of those. However, here are a few I did see for admiration!
We saw quite a few inchworms hanging from trees, swaying gently in the wind. Out of the maybe ten photos I took, only one turned out
A wood louse!
Tiny snail friend
We didn’t see any ladybugs, which my mother is disappointed about, but I did see this little guy. At least, I don’t think they’re a ladybug
And a fuzzy, buzzy bee
An excellent bunch of pals! Sounds like it was a fruitful bug-finding trip. I especially love the lil inchworm. And the snail…incredible eyestalks. The beetle is actually a lady beetle! It’s in the family Coccinellidae with all the other lady beetles. That one specifically is a spotted pink ladybeetle :)
@pravum-vulpes-umbra-imperatrix submitted: My Mom discovered this Beetle in her bathroom, and asked me to remove it. What type of Beetle was it?..🤔 (Pic and video were taken in San Diego, CA.)
Guess I’m zero for two on IDs for you, because I don’t recognize this pal either. First photo is pretty blurry, I can’t tell if there are markings on the elytra or if it’s solid brown. Also some idea of scale would be helpful.
@pravum-vulpes-umbra-imperatrix I found this Spider in my backyard, and I had difficulties taking any pics of it.. so I took this video of it instead. What type of Spider is this?..🤔 (Video was taken in San Diego, CA.)
I’m afraid I can’t see it well enough to ID it! Definitely need to be able to see more detail. The white spiral nearby is of course not from the spider but from whiteflies.
Acherontia species are interesting because they make squeaking sounds from a pharynx by gulping in air, which vibrates a flap in the throat to make the noise. Most bugs create sound by rubbing body parts together.
Their noises are either defensive or meant to mimic queen bee noises (piping), since they love to raid bee hives and steal honey. In fact, they’re super specialized to do this, and are resistant to bee stings, and even mimic bee scents so they seem like just another colony member. Sneaky sneaky :)
@shinynx submitted: 5 good bug pals I’ve seen over the past week. No ID needed except for maybe the caterpiller? I havnt seen one w/yellow bumps on its back and the big grabbers on it’s face like this before. All found on the southwest coast of British Columbia mainland.
Some great pals! The caterpillar is a tussock moth in Orgyia, most likely a rusty tussock. I am worried for the safety of that slug!! The beetle next to it is known for munching on slugs. It’s quite large, though, compared to the beetle, so maybe it escaped unscathed…
@atienn-e submited: hello!!! i’d love to share a few friends :)
^ lovely caterpillar found on a lemon tree in southern california!! a giant swallowtail caterpillar i believe?
^ super curious as to who this is. they were also found in southern california, (at night if that helps!) but the photo may not be good enough for an id
^ found in the pacific northwest
^ also found in the pnw! i adore them, very tiny. a friend thought they were an alfalfa leafcutting bee, is that correct?
Hello! Yes, the caterpillar looks like a giant swallowtail. They enjoy citrus. Second dude looks like a planthopper but I can’t tell which from that photo. And yes the last fellow looks like a leafcutter bee to me, but more photos and a specific location would be necessary to confidently ID it.
@theonewiththesoks submitted: Hello, I’m asking for an ID on a new fren if that’s okay (West Virginia by the border of Ohio)! They’re very smol which made them super hard to get a picture of so I’m super sorry in advance. They’re a tan/olivey colored beetle, only a couple centimeters in length, with segmented antennae and a brown line going down the center of their back. Plus they were super cute which doesn’t help to narrow it down lol
A cute friend! Looks like a grape colaspis, Colaspis brunnea, which isn’t a couple centimeters long. Maybe you meant a few millimeters? They are very tiny. Either way I love them :)
@w0nkkkk submitted: came across this guy when i was cleaning out the filter in my pool and was pretty sure it’s a funnel web since they like to just vibe in water but i googled them and it looks more like a wolf spider
location: sydney, nsw, australia
Yes, looks like a wolf spider! Garden wolf maybe? I’m not very familiar with your species there. Hope it was okay and got to carry on living its spider life…
@cheerycheesecake submitted: thrilled to see your submissions are open again because i’ve been wanting to share this beautiful carolina wolf spider living in my front yard! i’ve named her lady dimitrescu :)
i briefly captured her for identification and adoration purposes. carolina wolf spiders are the largest wolf spider species in north america and she’s almost as big as they get! here she is with an AA battery for comparison, lol.
Lady Dimitrescu is BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT. I cannot believe how adorable her little face is LOOK
But yes, Carolina wolves can be very large! I’ve seen some with leg spans of about three inches. Impressive. I hope she’s living her best spider life in your font yard! :)
@peterrose submitted: Wanted to show how nonviolent paperwasps are. It’s shakey cuz I’m standing on my toes. Even when I slip they just jump. Last one I was petting the wing.
These wasps have just started their nest, so they don’t have much to protect. I do not recommend behaving this way with an established nest. Approaching a nest or touching it are the exact things that will cause them to defend it. That doesn’t mean they’re aggressive, though, it means you’re a big scary predator and they don’t want you to harm their nest. They have no reason to sting unless they see you as a threat.
Keep in mind also that although you may not think a sting is a big deal, the chances of having an allergic reaction go up with each time you’re stung, even if you haven’t had an allergic reaction to a sting in the past.
No reason to stress out he wasps by approaching or risking a severe allergic reaction!
All that being said…they are extremely cute and I love them :)
@scalpelfightclub submitted: Found this lovely, newly eclosed dragonfly at around 3am. Still very soft and puffing up so I landed them under an overhang so the bats wouldn’t find ‘em. Maine! I think it’s a green darner but dragonflies are hard and the colors aren’t true yet on this guy.
A beautiful, freshly peeled angel! Glad you hid them from the bats. Sorry, bats. Just let the dragonfly mate before nibbling, please. Anyway I agree it looks like a darner, maybe in Aeshna, but I also agree dragonflies are hard and it would be difficult to ID correctly before the colors darken and we can see the markings better! They’ll just have to remain a mystery friend…
Which do you find more interesting, ants farming (like mold, fungus, etc.) or ants ranching (like milking aphids for honeydew). And depending on your answer, do you have a favorite species that engages in that behavior?
I think for me personally the aphid herders are more interesting! But both are super cool. I don’t have a favorite species that does it, but I do have a favorite fact! The ants sometimes will snip off the wings of the aphids so they can’t escape. Yikes :)