June 27, 2010
Upon my return from visiting mom in Ohio, I learned that neighbor Sandy who fed the fish noticed that all the 3 week old fry being raised by Lefty and Digitalis had vanished.  Though I don’t know for certain, I saw that there were new eggs.  Perhaps the three week old fry went from being children that needed to be defended to a cannibalistic hoard trying to eat the new eggs.  I suspect the fry became a meal for the parents in the interest of defending their new brood.  The eggs hatched about Thursday, June 24, and the parents have moved them several times.  I ran the filter for a few days and changed some water, but I shut the filter off again since a favorite place to place the brood is on the filter intake tube.

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Black/yellow beetle w/ long antennae
June 26, 2010
Found this one running around on the ground and on a tree in the woods in central MO, very active (couldn’t get a good shot because he wouldn’t stop moving!).
I’ve trawled bugguide.net and can’t seem to get any closer than “Cottonwood Borer” or “Longhorn Beetle”, neither of which seem like a match. Can you help?
Love this site, I’m going to add a link to my blog (“Mycologista”).
Boone County, Missouri

Six Banded Longhorn

Dear Mycologista,
Thanks for the compliment.  You had classified this beautiful beetle into the correct family Cerambycidae, but that is a large family to sort through even on a site as comprehensive as BugGuide.  Your beetle is a Six Banded Longhorn, Dryobius sexnotatus, and according to BugGuide, it is:  “
Uncommon and listed as rare and endangered on several websites.

No way! Cool (well, not cool that it is endangered, but cool that I got to see one)!

larva eats snail
June 25, 2010
On 22 June morning I went to shoot macro.
I made these interesting images of larvae feeding on a snail.
It looks like a grave-digger of the larva or grub of Firefly, but I’m not sure.
Please help to identify the larvae!
Dean Petkov
Bulgaria, Burgas

Possibly Silphid Larva Feeding upon Snail

Hello Dean,
We believe you are probably correct, though we would not rule out the larva of one of our favorite immigrant beetles in Los Angeles, a Rove Beetle known as a Devil’s Coach Horse, Ocypus olens.  Alas, the structure of antennae is not visible in your visually compellingly symmetrical photograph, a study in simplicity and circular composition, and the structure of antennae are frequently used to key out specimens into their taxonomic families, genera and even species.  The Devil’s Coach Horse is a magnificent beetle that we believe feeds upon snails.  A photo on Flickr identified as the larva of Ocypus olens does not look like your predator, so we would favor the Firefly hypothesis.  Perhaps we will get some assistance on this identification.
On a more personal level, my paternal grandfather came from Bulgaria, but his name (hence my name) was changed at Ellis Island.

Mardikavana provided us with a comment indicating that this is not a Coach Horse Larva nor a Firefly Larva, and that it might be a Silphid Larva.  It has been our understanding that Silphid Beetles are not predators, but scavengers that feed upon carrion.

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June 25, 2010
This pair of butterflies were found today on my backporch screen. I can’t identify them nor have I ever seen them before. They appear to be mating and they really haven’t moved in hours. Can you idetify them?
canfield, ohio

Mating Prometheus Moths

Dear thefootballref,
What a wonderful image of mating Prometheus Moths.  They exhibit pronounced sexual dimorphism, with the male being darker and smaller, and with a different wing shape.  BugGuide has an excellent profile of this Giant Silk Moth which is also called the Spicebush Silkmoth.

Giant Swallowtail
June 25, 2010
Hi Daniel, This beautiful butterfly was shot about three weeks ago. I was driving down a country road, when I saw it I had to stop and back up a few feet to shoot from the car window. I thought it was an “Eastern Tiger Swallowtail” but it has been bothering me because the marking were different I thought it might be a mutant. Then tonight I followed a link you had to “Butterflies and Moths of North America” lo and behold their it was just as big as life. (Wonderful site also) I was impress with the beauty of this one and with your help,permission and tolerance I would like to share it with everyone. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
North Middle Tennessee

Giant Swallowtail

Hi again Richard,
We will never forget the first time we saw a Giant Swallowtail in Los Angeles in the first years of the new millennium.  around the time they became more plentiful in Southern California.  They frequently visit our lantana beginning in July.  We have read in numerous places that this is the largest North American butterfly.  the LA Times did a nice story in 2007.

Giant Swallowtail

Potter Wasp Nest
June 25, 2010
Here are two photos of potter wasp nests, seen on the branch of a Parkinsonia microphylla (Palo Verde) tree (gray backdrop) and Acacia brandegeana, in the Sonoran desert near Mulegé, Baja California Sur.
D. Valov
Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Potter Wasp Nest on Palo Verde

Dear D. Valov,
Thank you for your excellent documentation.  It is nice to see the type of plants the Potter Wasp chooses as a foundation to its nursery.