SUBTLE INSECT BLOG.

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!
libutron:

Banded Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica balteata 
This beautiful beetle belonging to the species Diabrotica balteata (Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae) is a well known pest of many crops in Mexico, the United States and Central America. Adults are distinctive for their bright green color and by having two transverse bands on elytra, each with four irregular yellow spots.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: (via  | ©Luis Stevens) | Locality: San Luis Potosi, Mexico (2014)

libutron:

Banded Cucumber Beetle - Diabrotica balteata

This beautiful beetle belonging to the species Diabrotica balteata (Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae) is a well known pest of many crops in Mexico, the United States and Central America. Adults are distinctive for their bright green color and by having two transverse bands on elytra, each with four irregular yellow spots.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: (via | ©Luis Stevens) | Locality: San Luis Potosi, Mexico (2014)

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buggirl:

Beneficial Bug of the Day: The Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator
Fiery Searchers are large colorful ground beetles.  All ground beetles are predatory.  Their main source of prey are caterpillars, which has also earned them the name Caterpillar Hunter.  This makes them highly beneficial to both your garden and our crops.  These beetles can live up to 3 years as adults. I chose this particular ground beetle as the bbotd, because it has the added benefit of simply being stunning.  
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buggirl:

Beneficial Bug of the Day: The Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator

Fiery Searchers are large colorful ground beetles.  All ground beetles are predatory.  Their main source of prey are caterpillars, which has also earned them the name Caterpillar Hunter.  This makes them highly beneficial to both your garden and our crops.  These beetles can live up to 3 years as adults. I chose this particular ground beetle as the bbotd, because it has the added benefit of simply being stunning. 

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camwyn:

My dash did a thing. I am good with this.

camwyn:

My dash did a thing. I am good with this.

astronomy-to-zoology:

Megarhyssa atrata
…is a species of Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa spp.) which is widely distributed throughout eastern North America, where it occurs in deciduous forests. Adult M. atrata are active from May to July ane are not known to feed. Like other Ichneumon wasps M. atrata are parasitoids of wood-boring insects, with adults using their long ovipositors to pierce tree bark to lay their young in insects inside.
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hymenoptera-Ichnemonoidea-Ichneumonidae-Rhyssinae-Megarhyssa-M. atrata
Image: ©Larry de March

astronomy-to-zoology:

Megarhyssa atrata

…is a species of Giant Ichneumon Wasp (Megarhyssa spp.) which is widely distributed throughout eastern North America, where it occurs in deciduous forests. Adult M. atrata are active from May to July ane are not known to feed. Like other Ichneumon wasps M. atrata are parasitoids of wood-boring insects, with adults using their long ovipositors to pierce tree bark to lay their young in insects inside.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hymenoptera-Ichnemonoidea-Ichneumonidae-Rhyssinae-Megarhyssa-M. atrata

Image: ©Larry de March

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libutron:

Sapphire-tailed Clearwing - Loxophlebia nomia

Loxophlebia nomia (Arctiidae - Ctenuchini) is a species of neotropical moth belonging to a group commonly referred to as tiger moths or wasp moths. 

Members of the tribes Ctenuchini (like Loxophlebia nomia), and Euchromiini exhibit extreme morphologies including the evolution of convincing wasp mimicry. The lepidopteran abdomen is constricted to produce the visual effect of a hymenopteran petiole (petiole mimic). Many of these species also possess an abdominal “ventral valve” that has been ascribed both a defensive and a courtship function.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Andreas Kay | [Top: Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador, 2013] - [BottomOtavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador, 2012]

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