Anyone still reading these? I am trying to figure out what to do with this site, the hacking attempts on this site haven’t decreased much. I continue to keep it locked down, but I don’t believe I am going to be able to keep it as a WordPress site much longer if I am going to keep it around. Well anyway how about a bug for a change of pace ? In the past year I have become much more interested in beetles. I found this Hide Beetle in the yard and brought it into a white box for photography. A white box is simply a box lined with white paper, a flash is either placed into the box or in my case inserted through a hole in the top of the box. This allows you to isolate something onto a white background. I was trying to highlight the structure of the wings and how the elytra open to allow the wings to deploy for flight. Just below is an image of the beetle with its wings all tucked in. Click through for a better image. I put up low resolution images to left.
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I was in one of the restored prairies at Caesars Creek State Park in Warren County, Ohio. a couple of weeks ago for a meeting. After the meeting I had a chance to go out with some of the folks for botanzing, birding, and a little insect hunting. I came across two of these Assassin Bug nymphs while we were out walking. This one was the smaller of the two, but was posed nicely for me. It’s hard to get these down further to get an exact ID.
I recent had an individual contact me about using some images for a blog post he was doing on fly fishing. Kent Klewein from Gink and Gasoline wrote a very interesting article on some of the keys to creating realistic flies that in my personal opinion is write on target. Take some time and visit Gink and Gasoline the blog posts are quite interesting.
Check out these eyes on this insect. It is an Owlfly (Ululodes species) most likely quadripunctatus. These insects are related to Antlions and Lacewings, They somewhat resemble dragonflies but have clubbed antennae and fold their wings over their backs. Like Dragonflies and Antlions these insects are predatory both as larva and adults. The adults will come to lights at night but are said most often fly at dusk and dawn. This particular individual wasn’t in the best shape but I got this interesting shot of its eyes.
Yes, I sadly ignore this blog. I am considering turning it into a photo blog but anyway. Mothapalooza was awesome, all the cool people were there. Got to hang out and rub shoulders with some of the top moth people in the country. Found lots of ticks, butterflies, beetles, and other arthropods as well. Hopefully they will have this event again in the future.
My long ignored blog, bugging has been a bit slow for me this summer and life got in the way. I’ve been seeing a bunch of these Harlequin Bugs around the yard the past couple of weeks as summer put on its last hurrah. These stink bugs feed on plants like cabbage, cauliflower, and turnips. Theses insects have piercing mouth parts that the use to suck sap from the plants, this damages the plant and also gives a path for other pathogens to enter the plant. When present in large numbers they can be quite destructive. In the first set of images you can see some freshly hatched nymphs and the barrel shaped eggs. The female typical lays a dozen eggs on the underside of a leaf and the eggs hatch in a few days. Notice the freshly hatched ones that don’t have the black markings yet. These nymphs will go through several stages before becoming adults.
Here are some slightly older nymphs notice they are very similar to the newly hatched nymphs above
Finally after 50-80 days and multiple molts the nymph becomes an adult.
My long ignored blog deserves some love. I’ve really been into aquatic insects recently and while wading around in a vernal pool I came across a MayFly Nymph. I captured it in a container and brought it home to take pictures of it. I ended up making a couple of small aquariums to make photography a little easier. It took about 120 shots but I got a pretty cool image of a swimming nymph
I caught a few more of them and raised them to adulthood. Below is a picture of an adult. These will only live for a few days, just long enough to breed.
Mayflies belong to the order Ephemeroptera and there are approximately 630 species in North America alone. In Ohio where I live there are around 114 species. Mayflies are very intolerant of polluted waters and are often used as one of the indicators of water quality. At times these insects can be a nuisance as they tend to emerge in mass coating every surface. They will only be around for a short time however, once they mate the females will lay thousands of eggs and both will die. The eggs will hatch and a new brood of nymphs will spend a year in the water to repeat the cycle.
Well bug season is winding down but I’m still finding a few around. The other evening I found this Brown Lacewing on the porch. These insects are not as showy as their brilliant green cousins but up close they are equally striking. These insects are dead leaf mimics and I can certainly see why. If you look at the wings they have long veins much like a leaf. All of the Lacewings are important predators of other insects especially aphids.
Here are a couple of close ups of this insect. It was really curious and allowed me to move in close and do some 3x shots.
I got great eye detail in this shot. Not only did it hold still for this it was actually looking at the camera. (Click on the image for larger view)
I posted this on Google+ today but I wanted to go into more detail here. I’ve been spending too much time reading Alex Wild’s blog http://myrmecos.net/ and his work has inspired me to pay closer attention to ants. Today was very windy and the quite cool so I was searching trees and tree trunks for insects. I came across an ant that was crawling about on a dead limb in a oak tree. I shot about twenty shots of this ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus, the eastern black carpenter ant) and the one below is the only one that was not horrible. Ants are quite the challenge, not only are they small (although this one was quite large), they are highly mobile, they are also highly reflective, and they are also fairly uniform in color/shape. In the twenty shots I encountered just about every problem. I over exposed, under exposed, had motion blur from the wind, hand the any move away, blurry focus, body in focus but eye blurry, etc. My hat is off to the people that successfully photography ants.