From the yearly archives: "2013"
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Subject: Lady Bug?
Location: Melbourne Australia
September 13, 2013 10:30 pm
Can you tell me if this is a lady bug or perhaps something else. I found it on my rose plant leaves but it does not seem to fly.
Signature: CD

Common Spotted Ladybird

Common Spotted Ladybird

Dear CD,
We identified your Lady Beetle as a Common Spotted Ladybird,
Harmonia conformis, thanks to numerous photos on the Brisbane Insect Website.

Mr Marlos,
Thank you very much.
Kind Regards,
Clarence.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Miami, Florida
September 14, 2013 9:37 am
I sent a email before about a bug on my brocolli plant and the picture was not attached. I wanted to know ifvitbis a beneficial bug or not and the name.  I found this under the leaf of my broccoli plant and I wonder if it is a beneficial bug or was it eating my plant? What is its name? I live in miami Florida and this was taken in May 2013
Signature: Niece

Mating Harlequin Stink Bugs

Mating Harlequin Stink Bugs

Dear Niece,
These mating Harlequin Stink Bugs are considered to be pests on plants in the cabbage family, including broccoli.

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Subject: Hunter & Hunted
Location: Rose Hill/Montecito Heights
September 14, 2013 10:48 am
Good morning Daniel,
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to go through the site for all of the new submissions however this morning I saw something I thought to be share-worthy.
This year has brought to my yard many Green Lynx spiders as well as several mantids. This one [Lynx] in particular made it into my house last week. Here size amazed me, full leg spread makes her about the size of a half dollar with a body the diameter of a quarter. After a failed photo shoot where she jumped on me I escorted her out to my potted orange tree vaguely recalling I had seen a juvenile mantis some weeks ago but never again. Well… I think the pictures tell the rest of the story.
Ironically, I think his nest mate (a female) on my chili plant made short work of the Lynx that were there over the last few weeks. Brother not so lucky.
Signature: joAnn

Green Lynx Spider eats California Mantis

Green Lynx Spider eats California Mantis

Dear joAnn,
Thanks for submitting this wonderful documentation of a Green Lynx Spider eating what we believe is a male California Mantis.  We hope he had a chance to mate with the female on your chili plant so that you will have a new generation next year.  Even though you are across the freeway, we are tagging your submission as a Mount Washington posting.

Green Lynx Spider eats California Mantis

Green Lynx Spider eats California Mantis

Update:  September 14, 2013 7:30 PM
Hi Daniel,
I checked in on them this evening and found that she’s still feeding. Her abdomen has blown up considerably while the mantis has become all but translucent.
Here’s a follow up shot, unfortunately I had to use my phone so it’s not as crisp – I think it still conveys her progress. Hopefully they didn’t take out all of my mantis babies. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a new batch next year.
Enjoy your evening,
joAnn

Green Lynx Spider feeds on California Mants

Green Lynx Spider feeds on California Mants

Hi joAnn,
Thanks for the update.  We suspect this well-fed Green Lynx Spider will be producing one or more egg sacs in the very near future.  Your posting has really struck a chord with our readership as there are 15 “likes” this morning.

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Subject: Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid?
Location: St. Augusta, MN
September 13, 2013 8:30 am
Hello Bug Nuts,
I think these may be Straight-lanced Katydids. I saw them for the first time last year. Even after a half-century of chasing insects, it amazes me how often I still find something new, right here on my home turf here in Central MN.
The male was ’singing’, but even though I was literally inches away, I couldn’t hear him. The ’ladies’ did, however, and I guess that’s the point. There were several females nearby.
Thanks many times over for the incredible work you do.
Signature: Don J. Dinndorf

Male Straight-Lanced Meadow Katydid

Male Black-Sided Meadow Katydid Singing

Dear Don,
We wanted to post your gorgeous photos of both the male and the female of the species, and we will search for some good links to reputable web sites.

Female Straight-Lanced Meadow Katydid

Female Black-Sided Meadow Katydid

Hi again Don,
After doing some research this morning, we are inclined to disagree about this being a Straight-Lanced Meadow Katydid which looks different than your individuals based on photos posted to BugGuide.  We believe your individual is actually a Black-Sided Meadow Katydid,
Conocephalus nigropleurum, and you can compare your photos to those posted on BugGuide.

Excellent!  Another new species for my list of critters seen on our property.
Thanks again for your wonderful work.
Don D

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Subject: Huge caterpillar
Location: St Augustine, FL
September 12, 2013 5:12 pm
Can you tell me what this huge caterpillar is?
Signature: Misti

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Misti,
This beautiful caterpillar is a Banded Sphinx Caterpillar,
Eumorpha fasciatus

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Subject: Mating Gulf Fritillaries
Location: Orlando, Florida
September 12, 2013 4:05 pm
Hello. I really enjoyed photographing these two lovers last month. I thought you might enjoy the photo as well.
Signature: Elizabeth

Mating Gulf Fritillaries

Mating Gulf Fritillaries

Hi Elizabeth,
Your photograph of mating Gulf Fritillaries is quite beautiful.  Many years ago when we began creating what would eventually become the tags on our site, the first was our Bug Love tag.  From the very beginning, our readership has really responded positively to images of mating insects and other bugs.

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