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Ryan M Miller wrote:Does anybody have an idea what insect this is?



It looks a little like an antlion.  Honestly, when I don't know, I email someone at entomology department since I work on campus.

https://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thisState=Ohio

This is a helpful web site.
 
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For a split second I thought this was an Asian hornet (which would have been bad news).  Then I realised its face and the way it flew and everything about it was saying "fly" so I went and looked it up.  It is Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.
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It certainly looks like a hornet Hester, how strange.

Here's a selection of some of our bugs.

Scorpion Fly - Panorpa communis (look at its tail)

scorpion fly Panorpa communis look at it's tail

Convolvulous Hawk Moth Agrius convolvulis (Wingspan Range - 80-120mm - This is probably a male)

Convolvulous Hawk Moth Agrius convolvulis

Black-headed Cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea on a Tayberry

Black-headed Cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea on a Tayberry

White spotted rose beetle (Oxythyrea funesta) Called Drap mortuaire in France (Translates to "Mortuary sheet" in English!)

White spotted rose beetle (Oxythyrea funesta) Drap mortuaire

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth stuck in a Star Jasmine (I ripped the flower open to release the moth once I'd taken the video)

 
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I went outside this afternoon to a favorite patch of milkweed to find monarch caterpillars. I found more insects in addition to monarch caterpillars:
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Besides monarch butterflies, milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) also specialize in eating milkweed plants for food. The younger nymphs look like they might make good food for ladybugs.
Besides monarch butterflies, milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) also specialize in eating milkweed plants for food. The younger nymphs look like they might make good food for ladybugs.
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Eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) on wild Queen Anne's lace
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) on wild Queen Anne's lace
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Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
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Colorado Potato Beetle
Colorado Potato Beetle
 
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I was out cutting some black locust today, and after cutting up one tree, I go back where I started and crawling out of a small hole in the trunk was a slug! I was quite surprised and a slug is probably the last thing I ever thought I would see crawl out of the interior of a tree.
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slug lives inside tree
 
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This Hercules beetle was found in a parking lot a few weeks ago.

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Hercules beetle
 
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I've been taking photographs of all the black parsley swallowtail caterpillars I find in my garden. I don't really see them as a garden pest like cabbage butterfly (Pieris sp.) caterpillars. If they pose any real threat to my parsley or carrots, I simply move them to a new host plant. The adult butterflies are beautiful anyway.
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Black parsley swallowtail caterpillar
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Black parsley swallowtail caterpillar
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Black parsley swallowtail caterpillar
 
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Whenever I see this grasshopper, it cracks me up. Look at it's stupid face! I feel like it needs a monocle.
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grasshopper on black pot
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grasshopper on clover
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grasshopper on pebbles
 
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Amy Arnett wrote:Whenever I see this grasshopper, it cracks me up. Look at it's stupid face! I feel like it needs a monocle.



So cool.  I love Japan!
 
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I've grown accustomed to my morning routine.  Coffee, dogs out and standing by the Mexican sunflowers loaded with Bumbles and Monarchs.  This A.M. 11/13/2019 I noticed that there is no activity and two of the flowers have dead bumbles on them.  Frost I think but very strange.  I though Bumbles nested at night?




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Bumblebee dead on a flower.
Bumblebee dead on a flower.
 
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Scott Foster wrote:two of the flowers have dead bumbles on them.  Frost I think but very strange.  I though Bumbles nested at night?



They'll often hang out on flowers overnight so they have a food source first thing in the morning. Are you sure they're dead? Might just be waiting for the sun to warm them up enough to get going.
 
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Jan White wrote:

Scott Foster wrote:two of the flowers have dead bumbles on them.  Frost I think but very strange.  I though Bumbles nested at night?



They'll often hang out on flowers overnight so they have a food source first thing in the morning. Are you sure they're dead? Might just be waiting for the sun to warm them up enough to get going.



Jan, I actually touched this guy.  He is dead for a sure.  One other I touched actually moved.  I think it was a gentle frost that did him/her in.
 
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Scott Foster wrote: He is dead for a sure.  One other I touched actually moved.  I think it was a gentle frost that did him/her in.



Poor bumbler! I'd still pick her up and breathe on her for a bit before I gave up, but apparently I'm pigheaded :)

Here's a red emperor from earlier this year. Don't remember what the second caterpillar is.
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red emporer moth caterpillar
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hairy orange caterpillar
 
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These guys hang out in my tomatoes (among other places) and make a fantastic racket. Louder than a cricket and usually more of a sustained trill.
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noisy white insect translucent wings
 
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Banana spider and some sort of butterfly larva
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red caterpillar with black spines
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Banana spider
Banana spider
 
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Found this praying mantis in the rye straw this morning and it reminded me of the baby mantis picture I took in the spring.
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praying mantis insect
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baby praying mantis
 
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I tend to leave spiders alone outside since they often eat insect pests. This image reminds be of a poem by Robert Frost I once read.

https://poets.org/poem/design
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Jumper spider with cabbage butterfly
Jumper spider with cabbage butterfly
 
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Whenever a piece of food is left out, in Cebu Philippines, the ants come after it by the thousands. This group stretched from the lower floor to the attic. The smallest ants I've ever seen.

They don't bite and they do a super thorough job. You could spill corn syrup, and a few hours later there would be no evidence.
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tiny ant army cleaning up
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tiny ant army cleaning up
 
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Found these huge caterpillars the other week, apparently they are elephant hawk moth.
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elephant hawk moth caterpillar
 
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Cecropia moth caterpillar on box elder branch.   Yes, that's a 2 X 4 stud for a building project behind him!
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Cecropia moth caterpillar on box elder branch
 
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Here's a pic of a little jumping spider feasting on a stink bug which was not having a good time and trying to crawl away. The little spider kept moving as I tried to get close to take a picture, probably thinking I wanted his meal. I told the jumping spider not to worry and thanked him for his catch.
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Boom-chicca-wow-wow!
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Dragonflies
Dragonflies
 
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It looks like this thread hasn't been active for a while, but I just wanted to share some images of monarch caterpillars I've taken this year. My neighbors have been growing milkweed so I've been seeing the caterpillars a lot more frequently this year.
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Small monarch butterfly Caterpillar at Huffman Prairie
Small Caterpillar at Huffman Prairie
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monarch butterfly caterpillar on leaf
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monarch butterfly caterpillar
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monarch butterfly caterpillar
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monarch butterfly caterpillar
 
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I have some more insect photographs from earlier this year. Since milkweed tends to attract oleander aphids (Aphis nerii), it also attracts ladybugs. Unfortunately, oleander aphids are not native to North America and the ladybugs I do find tend to be Japanese ladybugs. This is obvious by the prominent black "M" on the thorax.
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Japanese ladybug
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Japanese ladybug ladybird
 
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Monarch caterpillars aren't the only caterpillar that likes to feed on milkweed. I found these tussock moth caterpillars on my neighbor's milkweed plants as well.
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tussock moth caterpillars on my neighbor's milkweed plants
 
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First time I ever found one of these. Looks like monarch to me, but my wife doesn't think we get those here. Guess it must be one of the look-alikes.
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blue chrysalis
 
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I snapped this pic yesterday of a wasp carrying a small caterpillar. It's a heavy load for him and he was struggling to stay aloft. I'm going to hazard a guess that the wasps intention it to lay eggs on or in the little caterpillar.

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wasp caterpillar
 
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Not the most useful, but I love it for it's grotesque beauty and what it represents. This is a violet oil beetle.



Oil beetles are the cuckoos of the insect world. As babies they hang around in flowers and hitch rides on bees back to their nests. They then steal the food from the bees. Having oil beetles is therefore a sign of a healthy bee population. The 1 1/2 inch adults are only seen in Scotland for a few weeks in April/May. The abdomens of the females swell to a ridiculous size as they eat grass and other plants before breeding and dying. They can't fly.
 
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I'm seeing more dragonflies this year again. They're usually darting about, but occasionally I find them sunning themselves in the grass.

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Blue striped dragonfly sunning itself
Blue striped dragonfly sunning itself
 
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i admit, some of these have been used in other threads!

those lappet moth caterpillars had just completely defoliated the young grafted american persimon they're on. little rascals.
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there are three lappet moth caterpillars hiding in plain sight in this pic
there are three lappet moth caterpillars hiding in plain sight in this pic
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not our usual mantis
not our usual mantis
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cluster of treehoppers on a young orchard tree
cluster of treehoppers on a young orchard tree
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saddleback caterpillar! don't touch!
saddleback caterpillar! don't touch!
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a paper wasp that was killed by fungus, probably a cordyceps species
a paper wasp that was killed by fungus, probably a cordyceps species
 
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Perfect camouflage. Do you see the black swallowtail chrysalis mimicking a balsam seedpod?
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Black swallowtail chrysalis
Black swallowtail chrysalis
 
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I noticed I put up a photo of a hornet mimic hoverfly three years ago, so here is a real hornet I met in my mothers garden...  About the size of a large queen wasp, but lots of chestnut brown about it.  Took absolutely no notice of me, but bickered amongst themselves a fair bit if one approached a flower another was feeding from!
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Look at this guy who was outside of the classroom at WL
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Cory (Boot) holding this guy
Cory (Boot) holding this guy
 
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i’d love a pic of its back, but that last one is probably a buprestid beetle, or ‘metallic wood boring beetle’.
 
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Oh I wish I had a photo of its back as well, sadly I don't...it looked similar to a boring beetle but it's shell was hard and the same grey color as it's body
 
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yeah, the whole family is called metallic, even though many aren’t.
 
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