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My name is josh and I'm a amateur entomologist. I've been collecting insects since i was ten years old and don't plan on stopping. If your have any questions ask me, and if you ever want to meet up and collect bugs hell yeah. I live in Idaho currently and my Snapchat is: skymoose :) feel free to say hi!

astronomy-to-zoology:

Libelloides macaronius

…is a species of Ascalaphine (Split-eyed) owlfly which occurs throughout parts of Europe and Asia. Like other owlflies L. macaronius is an insectivore and will feed on a variety of flying insects. L. macaronius larvae, on the other hand, are antlion-like ambush predators. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Neuroptera-Ascalaphidae-Libelloides-L. macaronius

Images: Sebaho and Srđan Mitić

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pukakke:

"Beautifully colored and patterned, robust, and close to 40 mm in length, this is definitely the largest hymenopteran I have encountered to date. At first I mistook it for a Cicada Killer, however, it’s actually a European Hornet (Vespa crabro), an introduced species. This individual is a queen and measured a little over 40 mm in length; the workers and drones are smaller.”


"The hornet can’t fly because its wings are injured and it’s also missing a couple of legs, probably as a result of a collision with a vehicle – I hope the car and the driver are OK. And luckily for me, despite its size the insect was not aggressive. While hornets will obviously sting or bite if mishandled and are aggressive in defense of their nests, the European Hornet is much more easy-going than some of its cousins such as the Bald-faced Hornet."

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pukakke:

"Beautifully colored and patterned, robust, and close to 40 mm in length, this is definitely the largest hymenopteran I have encountered to date. At first I mistook it for a Cicada Killer, however, it’s actually a European Hornet (Vespa crabro), an introduced species. This individual is a queen and measured a little over 40 mm in length; the workers and drones are smaller.”

"The hornet can’t fly because its wings are injured and it’s also missing a couple of legs, probably as a result of a collision with a vehicle – I hope the car and the driver are OK. And luckily for me, despite its size the insect was not aggressive. While hornets will obviously sting or bite if mishandled and are aggressive in defense of their nests, the European Hornet is much more easy-going than some of its cousins such as the Bald-faced Hornet."

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libutron:

Nomia iridescens a Bee with colourful abdominal stripes 

This cool bee, scientifically named Nomia iridescens, belongs to the Halictidae Family, a cosmopolitan group commonly referred to as halictid bees and sweat bees.

Nomia iridescens is a conspicuously banded bee with amazing neon-green stripes, which occurs in southeast Asia (India, Borneo, Peninsular malaysia, Philippines).

Sweat bees, play a vital role in the pollination ecology of a region. By having  a wide range of adaptational capabilities, these inhabit all kind of ecological niches both in tropical and temperate regions. In number and kind these anthophilic insects (attracted to flowers) surpass all other bees and thus are mainly responsible for conserving the vegetation germplasm by pollinating a bewildering variety of wild and cultivated entomophilic flora.

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Photo credit: ©Paul Bertner | Locality: Mt. Isarog National Park, Philippines (2014) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]