From the monthly archives: "August 2005"
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Preying Mantis
Hi Bugman!
I’d like to start this message by saying congratulations on a fantastic bugsite! I was searching the web for a bug I had squished in my living room (sorry, I know that makes you sad but… well… bugs give me the heebie jeebies….) Anyway on to happier things, I found your website and identified the little critter, and started looking at all the amazing bug pictures and reading all the info you had dug up about them. (In fact, I’ve spent the better part of a couple of nights doing so.) Well, tonight, we were headed inside the house, and my boyfriend said, "Hey, look at that walking stick." Now, you have to remember… I am the same person who mercilessly mushed the bug in the living room, and the same person who usually yells to him to "Come kill this please!" But after looking at all the bugs on your website, I was intrigued, so I looked. I saw him (or her) and said, "That’s not a walking stick, that’s a preying mantis!" And here comes the amazing part… instead of running inside for a fly swatter, I ran inside for my camera and took a few shots of the bug. I’ve attached one shot, not that you really need ANOTHER mantis picture, but I thought you might like to see a picture of the bug you saved 🙂
Thanks again for the great site, and I’m sure the preying mantis thanks you as well.
Jennifer from MO

Hi Jennifer,
While it is true that we might not need another Preying Mantis photo, we can never get too many letters like yours. How nice to know we have done a good thing. Also we appreciate the spelling you use on Preying Mantis, because with all the controversy regarding Creationism versus Evolutionism in schools today, we like to see a separation of Church and Science.

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Praying Mantis Laying Egg Sack
Hi, I love your site! We’re just crazy about bugs here at my house. Several years ago we started noticing praying mantis in our garden and have been captivated by them ever since. I keep a lively and fairly wild garden so they’ll have a happy habitat (they love butterfly bush, golden rod…. basically anything that attracts bugs for them to eat). Each year they delight us with something new. Two years ago we were lucky enough to spy one laying her egg sack and I was able to get a photo. So, I though I’d pass it along to your other praying mantis-loving viewers to see. I have a small garden in a city/suburban neighborhood and yet manage to keep a large (6-12 adults) mantis population. Thanks for all you do.
Angel

Hi Angel,
Thank you first for the compliment and second for the wonderful photograph. This is a first for us, Mantis egglaying.

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Hi Daniel and Lisa Anne!
Hi Bugman!
AWESOME SITE AGAIN!!!!
I just can’t seem to stop looking at all of the beautiful pictures and excellent information!!!! Here are two Robber Flies engaging in Bug Love on my pepper tree. Enjoy!
Cathy

Hi Cathy,
We will proudly post your image on our Bug Love page.

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Spider
I live in South Jersey and found this beauty next to my shop. He is about 2" big and was going to eat his dinner, ( cicada) a bug as big he is. I will send a couple of pictures. Thanks.
Frank

Hi Frank
We get so many Golden Argiope images in that we don’t even bother posting them anymore. Yours, however, is quite special. thanks.

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Brood X Photos
Well, better late than never. Here are web resolution versions of the first Broox X cicada that I saw here in Rockville, Maryland on May 14, 2004. These were taken with a Canon 10D digital SLR. I think these could be published in a magazine, don’t you? I have these two in 6.3 MP versions, or easily 8″ x 10″ in a magazine or twice that size on a digital printer. Anyway, just wanted to share these and mention that I could crop them to show amazing detail of a mysterious moment in nature. Take care.
Alex Campuzano

Hi Alex,
We love your images and like the two letters together. Your photos are of excellent quality. Good luck with publishing them.

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Extra Dogday Cicadas This Year?
Hello,
Just stumbled upon your site while trying to find out if this year there is an extra brood of dogday cicadas in the mid-Atlantic, specifically Maryland? I don’t remember in recent years hearing the dogdays so loud and being so numerous. I was able to capture a few pics of one emerging this morning and are attached to this e-mail. These are nice and close. AOL may ZIP them. Let me know if you can’t see them. You may use them as you wish, just maybe drop me a line! I have slightly larger versions as well. Look for my next e-mail with two absolutely FABULOUS shots, if I do say so myself, of the Brood X buggers from last year….
Alex

Hi Alex,
Thanks for the image. We are posting it as well as your Periodical Cicada image.

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