From the monthly archives: "July 2010"
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Japanese Beetles
July 1, 2010
Just sharing some Japanese Beetle pictures I took yesterday.
Crossville, TN

Mating Japanese Beetles

Hi Veronica,
Your letter is so timely because we just selected the Japanese Beetle as the Bug of the month for July.  It appears your mating Japanese Beetles are on a Rose of Sharon, which mom claims is a magnet for the pestiferous invasive exotic leaf chafer.

Awesome!! I am a new fan of nature photography and seem to get more pictures of bugs than anything. I am loving it!!

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What’s with this honeybees feet
July 1, 2010
Hi, I was photographing local honey bees and I was wondering what is on their feet. They look like yellow paddles. First image is the full photo and the second is a 100% crop to show the feet.
Thank you.
Terry L
Fond du Lac, WI United States

Honey Bee

Hi Terry,
First we must compliment you on the high quality and excellent detail and composition of your photograph.  We suspect the yellow paddles are parts of flowers that became dislodged as the Honey Bee gathered nectar and pollen, but we are getting a second opinion on this.  We hope to hear back with something conclusive from Eric Eaton.

Thank You.
They were feeding on milkweed flowers for the most part. I did notice at one point, one of the bees was stuck on a milkweed flower for about thirty seconds.

Eric Eaton confirms our suspicions:
Your hunch was dead on:  Those are milkweed “pollenia,” very sticky.  So sticky, in fact, that sometimes insects are unable to leave the flower and they die.  I’m not sure how this mechanism evolved for milkweed pollination.

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Pennyslvania Leatherwings on a Daisy
June 30, 2010
Before I post these pics for my friends to view, I was hoping to get some insight to see if I am right on the identification of these beetles. I took this picture a few weeks ago on a fishing trip and have since identified these two beetles as Pennsylvania Leatherwings (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus), please correct me if I am wrong. But the other beetle in the second photo has me stumped. At first appearance to someone who is uninterested, it would appear the same. But I have been searching to identify this other beetle and have not done so yet. I was wondering if you could help me out with its identification. It was on the daisy right next to the daisy that the Pennsylvania Leatherwings were on. Thanks so much for your time and everything that you do…you have an awesome website!
Justin Stair of Nigh Wolf Lofts & Aquatic Wilds
Southern Pennsylvania

Mating Margined Leatherwings

Hi Justin,
Your identification is so close, but no cigar.  It is a few months early in the season for Pennsylvania Leatherwings, also known as Goldenrod Soldier Beetles.  They are active from late August to October, when the goldenrod is in bloom.  All of your beetles are the closely related Margined Leatherwings,
Chauliognathus marginatus. According to BugGuide, the Margined Leatherwing is:  “Very similar to C. pennsylvanicus, but pronotum has wide dark band, instead of an irregular dark spot. Elytra of C. marginatus often more extensively dark than pennsylvanicus. C. marginatus is also somewhat smaller and is active earlier in summer than C. pennsylvanicus.

Margined Leatherwing: dark morph

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Red Headed Bush Cricket ??
June 30, 2010
I found this little pair today. they were crawling around on my potted strawberry plants out front. I did not see any really great photo’s on the site, so thought I would send you a few.
Very small, wingless and hairy, they were a bit less than 1/4 of in inch long. Several of them on the plant, but they were too shy, and I’m not willing to kill one to shoot it. Patience and persistence, a few crossed words, and 2 of them finally allowed me to capture their image.
Hope you like them.
North Carolina

Handsome Trig

Hi Rick,
Yesterday evening we posted a letter with a photo of a Red Headed Bush Cricket, bug technical difficulties have not allowed the image to show.  We are also posting your photos.  We prefer the common name Handsome Trig for the Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus.

AKA: Red Headed Bush Cricket

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