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ImageJRsbugs
Feb 13, 2010 4:42 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Anyone who wishes to share their daily bug pics is welcome to post them here.

If you wish to start a thread of your own, please feel free to do so.

Here's an opening shot of an Andrena nigroaenea male on Erica x darleyensis 'White Perfection', good signs of the start of spring on 25th March 2010. I have put this pic on the Daily Bug Log, feel free to add your daily bugs there.

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Imagecoconut
Feb 15, 2010 6:37 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Ah, OK! Hi, Janet,

I'll keep my images on this forum. Hum, now I have another subject for photos. I doubt I ever take very good pictures, tho. But that's ok, hey? Do you meanteenie tiny bugs when you say bug?

This is the caterpillar of a Skipper butterfly. I see a wonderful row of trees drawn on its' side.

Melissa

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ImageJRsbugs
Feb 15, 2010 6:58 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hi Melissa!

It doesn't matter what type of bug, if it's a bug then post it ;)

Quality doesn't matter, your enthusiasm and interest counts much more.

That's a very interesting caterpillar, the visible veins remind me of the larva of a Syrphid fly. Strange head it has too! I see the trees too, good imagination you have, thanks for sharing. Smiling

I have had a Skipper occasionally but we don't have many different species here, and I've never seen the caterpillar yet.

Do you have a pic of the adult? I would love to see it if you have.
Imagecoconut
Feb 15, 2010 8:54 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
No adult pics yet, I know there are lots of different Skippers. These cats destroy Canna lillies! Photos later, I'm running out the door!

Melissa
Melissa

ImageJRsbugs
Feb 15, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Oh dear, but you graciously let your cats. dine on your Cannas? You could call it cat. art? Lol!

Here's my adult, a Large Skipper.

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ImageMarilyn
Mar 11, 2010 11:38 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY
All great pics everyone! I tip my hat to you.

Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)

On a Coneflower.

Marilyn

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ImageMarilyn
Mar 11, 2010 11:45 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY
Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)

On a Zinnia 'Zowie' flower.

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ImageMarilyn
Mar 12, 2010 12:04 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY
Giant Robber Fly (Promachus vertebratus)

Scary looking insect! Looks like he caught an unfortunate Butterfly. Sad

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ImageJRsbugs
Mar 12, 2010 7:36 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hi Marilyn! Smiling

Good to see your pics! I'm very fond of bees, you have captured yours well. They often look like they sit there and pose for you, the opposite is usually the case! They are fast!

Interesting Robber Fly, poor insect it's feasting on. They give me the creeps too, I hate to see other insects being stuck and sucked dry but that is nature. I have some gruesome pics of cannabilism in flies, that is one eating another of the same species. I'm reluctant to post those but again it's nature and interesting in a gruesome way. It still makes me squirm though when I see it!

Looking forward to seeing more!
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 21, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Here is one of my favorite insects. I love to find them in my yard. This one was on my front porch.

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ImageJRsbugs
Mar 22, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Waiting to see all those babies Lynn! Big Grin
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Isn't she lovely? I was so sad when I learned about there habit of the first ones hatched eat the later ones. They are so territorial, and such voracious eaters of anythings they can catch and hold onto. It's a good thing I guess, it does keep the bad bugs down.
ImageJRsbugs
Mar 22, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Yes she does look lovely! Big Grin

I know how you feel when you see them eating each other, we want our bugs to be as cute as they look. Sad Nature has her way of sorting populations, and I guess the first hatched will be the strongest so nature looks after the survival of the fittest so the can go on to eat other bugs!

Nature has a marvellous if not sometimes disturbing food chain.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 9:20 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Yes, that is true. It is all part of life. Here is a picture of my first ladybug sighting this year. She was on a very tiny miniature daffodil called 'Rip Van Winkle'.

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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 9:21 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Look at how her little feet are holding on to the petal.
ImageJRsbugs
Mar 22, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Your Rip van Winkle is just ahead of mine! I have flowers about to open, they have come up in a hurry after our extremely cold winter.

Even with the cold this winter, and most days from mid December until March were barely above freezing with nights well below, I saw a couple of Ladybirds on a rare sunny day in January. I only saw a few of the 7-spots (our most common native Ladybird/bug) in the autumn, but yesterday I was cleaning up a bed and found them everywhere. They like to hide under leaves, but also under the top leaves of evergreen shrubs. Not long ago I pruned the tips off a Choisya Moonsleeper as they were looking dead, found twelve 7-spots in the cuttings!

I find I observe nature much more now I can see it with taking pics, we do learn so much from our digi cameras!

I have a few Asian ladybirds come into the window spaces over winter, not sure why they do that as they come from a colder climate. Most of them have vacated now, I rarely see them until it's time to come in for winter again.

Here's a black version with two red spots on the outside window frame a couple of days ago..they hang onto uPVC well!

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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 22, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
We don't have the black ones. They are really pretty. Orange & red is what we have here, with different numbers of spots. I will have to pay more attentions to how many spots.
Imagegardengus
Mar 26, 2010 4:32 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
This is my favorite bug picture.
I did not take this one my son did.
I have this hanging on my wall it is titled...
Shadow of the Assassin.

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Imagevalleylynn
Mar 26, 2010 5:20 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Oh wow, look at his shadow. That is a fantastic photo. Thumbs up
ImageJRsbugs
Mar 26, 2010 6:17 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Ooh I can see why it's your favourite Cinda! Fantastic shot!

The shadow really made me draw breath and shrink back! Hilarious! I think my eyes got bigger too. Rolling my eyes.

I was beginning to wonder if Ella's little bug was an Assassin bug nymph. What do you think?

Ella's bug

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