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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)



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



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!)



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.
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Eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) on wild Queen Anne's lace
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Monarch caterpillar
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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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This Hercules beetle was found in a parking lot a few weeks ago.

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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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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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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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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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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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Banana spider and some sort of butterfly larva
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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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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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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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Found these huge caterpillars the other week, apparently they are elephant hawk moth.
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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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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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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 Caterpillar at Huffman Prairie
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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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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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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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