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06-26-2022, 05:28 PM - 1 Like   #6526
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I was getting jealous of all the robberflys. Then in the last week I have seen the wasp mimic, Laphria index, and the bee mimic, Laphria thoracica. In this article on the wasp mimic, it shows them eating a weevil(?) that I noticed on the walnut and butternut trees I was examining for blight when I saw it. Robber Fly - Laphria index - North American Insects & Spiders





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QuoteOriginally posted by Aaron28 Quote
more critters of the backyard...K-50..tamron 90/2.8DI....af360fgz

3 great pics. The patterns and textures on the white moth (?) are interesting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by K2 to K50 Quote
3 great pics. The patterns and textures on the white moth (?) are interesting.
thanks! not sure but reckon it is a moth of some sort
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aaron28 Quote
thanks! not sure but reckon it is a moth of some sort
The white insect, middle image, is a leaf hopper. They are related to, in the same group as cicadas, most of them easily recognized by the boy scout tent shape of the folded wings.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
The white insect, middle image, is a leaf hopper. They are related to, in the same group as cicadas, most of them easily recognized by the boy scout tent shape of the folded wings.
cool thanks!
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more critters in the yard.....K-50....tamron 90/2.8DI...af360fgz



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Xpost. I believe that this is a Katydid nymph. ID welcome. If it had rested in the center of the leaf, I likely would not have noticed it. It's camo patterns nicely blend in with the leaves, but its chosen position on the leaf gave it away.

Note the long antennae folded underneath the body. When I started they were under, later shots show them hanging down, and when I finished they were tucked back under.

7/9 note: I tried to find it the last two days, to no avail. If it had moved while I went to get my camera, I doubt the picture below would exist!



Katydid Nymph on Swamp Milkweed by Roger

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I have see many new (to me) insects this week. I could have some wrong of course.

A Roesel's bush cricket wasn't known in mN until recently. Came from the UK via Canada
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A buffalo tree-hopper


A phantom crane fly


A Canadian thistle weevil


A helmeted squash bug nymph


and some fly I don't know but I like the composition.
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Just a bee, on a desert cactus flower. Using my K-1 and a macro lens.

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I found him at my backyard.



white-spotted longhorned beetle
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white-spotted longhorned beetle

That looks like what in the USA is called the "Asian longhorned beetle" [Anoplophora glabripennis] It was introduced to this country some time ago (first reported in Brooklyn, NY in 1996) and is regarded as an extremely dangerous pest. The larvae kill hardwood trees and there's no way known to stop their spread except cutting down and burning infected trees, and sometimes large numbers of nearby trees to be sure to eradicate all the larvae in the area of discovery. Because it kills key tree species such as Maple, it has the potential to cause major unwelcome changes in forests, with extinctions extending into unknown numbers of creatures other than infected trees

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That looks like what in the USA is called the "Asian longhorned beetle" [Anoplophora glabripennis] It was introduced to this country some time ago (first reported in Brooklyn, NY in 1996) and is regarded as an extremely dangerous pest. The larvae kill hardwood trees and there's no way known to stop their spread except cutting down and burning infected trees, and sometimes large numbers of nearby trees to be sure to eradicate all the larvae in the area of discovery. Because it kills key tree species such as Maple, it has the potential to cause major unwelcome changes in forests, with extinctions extending into unknown numbers of creatures other than infected trees
This is a "white-spotted longhorned beetle" [Anoplophora malasiaca].
They are similar but different species.
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Three insects from an early morning outing a few days ago.
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Male Bumblebee at Night on Bergamot. As the first image shows, it was a bit breezy. Xpost


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Male Bumblebee at Night, Crop by Roger

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Three insects from an early morning outing a few days ago.
Very fine images, Walt!
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