Archive for the ‘Arthropoda’ Tag

Eastern Eyed Click Beetle   27 comments


Yet another new insect for me to photograph! Eastern Eyed Click Beetle

 

This impressive guy is one of the largest members of the click beetle family Elateridae!  Click Beetle

 

 

Walk this way:Click beetle

 

 

Click Beetle stare Mr. Beetle is not very happy with me snapping photos.

 

 

He decides to play dead for minute or two in hopes of me wonder on to the next picture.

 

Playing Possum: The Beetle Way

 

 

X marks the spot:eastern eyeed click bug

 

 

Mr Beetle  It’s off to the next photo-op!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

Vapourer Moth: A Bright Male Caterpillar   28 comments


Yesterday I saw my first vapourer male moth hanging out on a rose-bush.

 

I think this is the ‘peacock’ of all male caterpillars that I have seen in my life to date.

 

 

A warning about the pretty vapourer moth is do not touch to your skin. The hairs can cause mild irritation to most people.

 

Nature never fails to amaze me.

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

One Arm:Praying Mantis   26 comments


Well this is a first for me.

The praying mantis is a fascinating insect. I have seen many over the years but none with a missing appendage.

Thinking he or she may need some help acquiring dinner. I used tweezers to pick up ants to offer for food.

I should feel bad for the ants but they are so invasive and their bites hurt.

The next morning the praying mantis had migrated from atop our grill cover to the screen covering our dining room window.

This morning he is gone. Safe travels my friend.

Enjoy your day!

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