From the monthly archives: "July 2005"

Love bugs
Thanks for indentifying my Ten-lined June Beetle. I was in my garage today in Placentia Ca. and found what I believe to be "Green Fruit Beetles", based on pictures that I saw on your site. They seemed to locked in serious mating mode and were not disturbed by the close proximity of the macro lense. Thought you might want to add them to your amorous bug section.

Hi Rus,
If you keep this up, we will have to give you your own page. Nice images of the mating activity of Green Fruit Beetles, Cotinus mutabilis.

bug love
I thought I would share! Take Care,
Dundas, Ontario

Hi again Janet,
Thanks for the photo of Mating Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes tetraophthalmus also called the Eastern Milkweed Longhorn. We never dreamed our Bug Love page would be as popular as it is.

what’s eating this cicada? (besides the fact that it’s dead)
Hi Bugman!
Love your website, and apologies if this was already covered in a chapter. There are just SO many photos on your site I don’t know where to begin! Anyhow, I was outside when I heard a small battle being waged on my lawn, looked over, and saw this ?? (hover fly? wasp???) attacking this cicada. Next thing I knew the cicada ceased to be (it was now an ex-cicada) and the fly/wasp had dragged the cicada over to the nearest tree and started flying/climbing up the trunk. Below is my Kodak moment of this adventure. What is the fly/wasp creature, and what on earth was it doing? Thanks for your help!
Curiously Yours, Sandy in Evanston, IL

Hi Sandy,
This wasp is a Cicada Killer, and the Cicada isn’t dead, yet. The female Cicada Killer digs a burrow that is her nest and then hunts Cicadas. She stings them to paralyze them and then gets them back to her burrow. Since the Cicada is so heavy, the wasp will climb a tree to gain altitude. The paralyzed Cicada then becomes the larval food source. She will lay a single egg and the paralysis keeps the meat fresh until the egg hatches. The larva then eats the Cicada alive.

Cicada killer with prey
I thought you might like more pictures of a cicada killer with its prey…I saw on your site that you had only one person send you pictures of cicada killers. I have a few. Enjoy!

Wow Trish,
Great photos. What a nice addition to our site.

hickory horned devil
I was at the park 8/2/05 and saw our big guy put him in a cup and brought him home. Thanks to your website we found out what he is and what he will be. We also were able to hold him and enjoy him for a short while. It was tough on my daughter (6) when we had to put him back into a walnut tree so he can "grow to be a Royal Walnut Moth" or as my 4yr old son calls him the walnut king moth. After we got threw the tears we let him go. It was hard for us but it was the best thing for The King. Sorry I have not a digital camera but we did take two with a disposable. Thanks again for your fabulous webpage I have and will continue to enjoy it. PS every year we get the generic catapillars you know the ones that are everywhere. There dark and have yellow strips kind of hairy but small. What are they and what do they become. My nieghbor swears that her son got bit by one and had an allergic reaction to it. Is this true? I tried to find a picture of it but could not. We live upstate SC. Thanks again
Robyn from Greenville SC

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars
I found these critters on your site, thanks! Your response to another reader suggested you might need another photo, so here’s a close-up of my garden pests.

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for the image. They really don’t eat that much parsley and you will have a lovely butterfly to follow.