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09-03-2017, 06:49 PM - 2 Likes   #3781
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I think the striped beetle is also called a "locust borer," probably from the dietary preference of its larvae.
The butterfly below is an exotic at a zoo, Have no idea what it is called.

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Locust borer it is. Megacyllene robiniae. Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Thagomizer Quote
My theme today is "goldenrod". ...

First off, I think this is something called a "wasp beetle", though none of the images I found online sported the profusion of stripes shown by this specimen. I've never seen one of these beasties before.

Wonderful series! I believe that first one is a Locust Borer Beetle (Megacyllene robiniae) - a pretty large beetle often found in goldenrod.

EDIT: Oops - beaten to the punch! Well, FWIW, here's another shot of one of these...
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My theme today is "goldenrod". This is only a small sample of the insect diversity I saw clambering and flying about the goldenrod I passed in my travels this afternoon.

First off, I think this is something called a "wasp beetle", though none of the images I found online sported the profusion of stripes shown by this specimen. I've never seen one of these beasties before.



A bit closer:



I think a wasp of some kind. Afraid I'm not up on the Linnean binomials for any of these.



Another wasp, I'm guessing.



An "emerald bee" as I like to call them. I love the pattern in the eyes. Would this pattern be the result of something similar to that which produces the black dot that "follows" the viewer in the eyes of praying mantis?



The above were all handheld, single images taken with the Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro (not a Sigma 30mm f 1.4 as indicated by EXIF). I haven't tried my hand at stacking yet. I used my K-S2's built in flash with custom made Starbuck's tall, skim milk pumpkin spice latte diffuser. This was made on location as I had forgotten my usual Pringles tin diffuser. Recycling at its best.
Emerald bee is maybe Agapostemon spendens?
Agapostemon splendens? - Agapostemon - BugGuide.Net

I don't think we have the all-green Agapostemon here.

The wasp may be an ichneumon of some sort? Male?

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Another type of longhorn wood borer. I boy from a tour but got this up on a newspaper at a turnout. Don't know the genus/species - it's shiny black with a single white spot medially just behind the thorax. This one looked a bit roughed-up, one antenna broken and wings not folding properly under the elytra.
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I was wondering if mine below is the same green bee.



Because someone mentioned mine was what's called a sweat bee.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Wonderful series!
Thank you! I think I'm starting to get the hang of macro bug shooting. The Sigma is a great lens: when I nail the focus, it really delivers. If I miss, it shows me the error of my ways. I've got a variety of cobbled together lens reversal/lens tacking/extension experiments I want to play with. Now that I've got a better handle on flash diffusion, I'll be more confident I'll be able to get the best out of each experimental set-up.

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Emerald bee is maybe Agapostemon spendens?
Sure looks like it. Thanks!
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I was wondering if mine below is the same green bee.



Because someone mentioned mine was what's called a sweat bee.
Sweat bees bees are just a general term. Not all sweat bees are Halictids, many will lick sweat.

I can't tell for sure, but yours looks like an Agapostemon to me. The A. viresence is a very common variety, it has a black and yellow striped abdomen. They're great subjects.

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Three shots of a bug we saw at Craters of the Moon, but nowhere else. I think the first one is a nymph, the one in the second two images may be an adult.
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Some kind of shield bug?
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Some kind of shield bug?
Definitely Hemiptera, but there are a lot of species and my printed insect guides only tend to show the more common or colorful species.
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This butterfly was gracious enough to pose with its tongue out - K50 and Pentax DFA 100

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TFS Mohammed. That's a good looking butterfly. I like the second one in your flickr too.


The Gulf Fritillary came to see me this afternoon. They finally showed up to sip nectar in the Zinnias.



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Eastern Pondhawk male
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Bombus auricomis on bee balm
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Just a honey bee.
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