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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Crazins » April 15th, 2011, 5:22 am

Joseph S. wrote:Marisa: You are probably braver than most of the guys on this forum holding that centipede's head like that! Those are one of the few bugs that I feel uneasy handling. Their spazzy way of moving and thee fact that both ends can bite always makes them fun to deal with(but they are also frustrating as it is all to easy to maim them through rough handling!)
Haha that wasn't me! It was Chris Gillette. Trust me, scoleopendra give me the heebie jeebies! I didn't even know that both ends can bite...ugh *shudder*

-Marisa

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by erik loza » April 15th, 2011, 5:51 am

Great idea for a topic. No expert on inverts, just enjoy photographing them...

Centruroides margaretiferus: Tabasco, MX
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Pediodectes haldemani, devouring smaller katydid: Austin, TX
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Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi, captive.
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Iris oratoria, California
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Diving beetle of some type, Northern California. Can someone identify it?
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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Owen » April 15th, 2011, 6:59 am

erik loza wrote:Great idea for a topic. No expert on inverts, just enjoy photographing them...

Diving beetle of some type, Northern California. Can someone identify it?
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Actually a water scavenger- Hydrophilidae. Genus Hydrophilus, probably H. triangularis

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by erik loza » April 15th, 2011, 7:46 am

Thank you! Now I can label that slide.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by TravisK » April 15th, 2011, 9:26 am

Mike and Marisa,

Very nice field pics! Thank you very much for sharing those. That was a treat.

I am always intrigued by the scale of life's diversity on this planet.

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Post by jonathan » April 16th, 2011, 7:28 am

Here are some from Thailand:

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Post by Daniel D Dye » April 16th, 2011, 7:54 am

Awesome jonathan! That Ensign wasp looks huge compared to the ones we have here. The cockroaches in Thailand must be gigantic! :lol:

I recognize all in photos, however this one is a mystery. I'm guessing Hymenoptera...a bee of some sort.

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Post by Gordon C. Snelling » April 16th, 2011, 8:22 am

That is a carpenter bee, Xylocopa species.

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Post by SheriMonk » April 16th, 2011, 8:41 am

I love the idea of subforums.
When I go herping, I always, always stop for arachnids (I keep them at home too) and I take trips specifically to find mammals like bears and wolves.
(For the record, it's always so much easier to find the herps!)

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Post by Daniel D Dye » April 16th, 2011, 10:11 am

Gordon C. Snelling wrote:That is a carpenter bee, Xylocopa species.
Of course, I should of looked closer. That would explain the absence of hair on the upper thorax and abdomen.

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Post by Gordon C. Snelling » April 16th, 2011, 10:45 am

That perhaps a bit but that is also a very worn specimen. If it were fresher there would be more hair.

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Post by infidel » April 16th, 2011, 11:44 am

I'm in!
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Re: Invert forum?

Post by herpseeker1978 » April 16th, 2011, 11:59 am

Here's one of my favorites:
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It's not bigfoot in the background...
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Not intentional, but it turned out to be my favorite bug shot!

And here's my international contribution:
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Great Wall near Si mitai
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Post by Natalie McNear » April 16th, 2011, 12:30 pm

herpseeker1978 wrote:Here's one of my favorites:
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This one always makes me laugh... The bug looks surprised!

Here are some of my invert shots:

Jumping spider (Habronattus sp.)
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Lynx spider (Oxyopes sp.)
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Golden dung fly (Scathophaga sp.)
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Long-legged sac spider (Cheiracanthium sp.)
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Stilt bug (Neonides muticus)
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Aquatic leaf beetle (Plateumaris sp.)
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Dance fly (Empis sp.)
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Furrow spider (Larinioides sp.)
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Western Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio rutulus)
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Edwards' Glassy-wing (Pseudohemihyalea edwardsii)
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Post by Antonsrkn » April 16th, 2011, 12:46 pm

I don't photograph bugs nearly as often as I should and I never get around to figuring out what species most of them are either but I have plenty of photos to share.

Shieldbug from Guatemala
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Beetle from Guatemala
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Scorpion sp. making out with a wolfspider in Guatemala
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Redrump tarantula (Brachypelma vagans)
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Maybe a juvie redrump?
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Whipscorpion
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A butterfly sp?
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Some sort of dragonfly
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Butterfly?
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Hylesia umbrata
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swallowtail sp?
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Swallowtail sp? caterpillar from the Dominican republic
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Swallowtails
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Mantis
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Beetle
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Lubber grasshopper
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I have plenty more but I have already posted alot and you guys are probably bored.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 16th, 2011, 6:46 pm

This has certainly proven to be a very fruitful threat. Whodathunk we had so many closet buggers in our midst? :-)

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Post by Natalie McNear » April 16th, 2011, 6:59 pm

I'm not a closet bugger... Everyone who's herped with me knows I like bugs. I got nothing to hide. :lol:

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Post by Tim Borski » April 16th, 2011, 7:30 pm

Yup. I've been out of the closet for awhile too. :lol: I've chased bugs forever and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any...
Amazing all the inverts you all have in the can!


House fly

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My competition one recent night

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Stag beetle of some sort found in the duff under a dead snag

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Thanks to all for sharing!
Tim

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Post by jonathan » April 16th, 2011, 10:31 pm

Gordon C. Snelling wrote:That perhaps a bit but that is also a very worn specimen. If it were fresher there would be more hair.
What do you mean by "fresher"? I rescued him from a puddle, but he was definitely alive.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by jonathan » April 16th, 2011, 10:34 pm

Daniel D Dye wrote:Awesome jonathan! That Ensign wasp looks huge compared to the ones we have here. The cockroaches in Thailand must be gigantic! :lol:

I recognize all in photos, however this one is a mystery. I'm guessing Hymenoptera...a bee of some sort.
The ensign wasp is maybe a centimeter long, if that. Our cockroaches are fairly large, but nothing special.

If you really recognize everything, could you name it for me? A pm would be fine. I don't know anything.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Gordon C. Snelling » April 17th, 2011, 5:30 am

Fresher as in a younger specimen. Based on the wear pattern of the thoracic hair that is obviously a specimen that has put on a few miles, however the wings are in decent shape so it obviously not ancient.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by BillMcGighan » April 17th, 2011, 7:46 am

This whole post turned out to be really interesting. I’m so glad to see so many herpers paying attention to the natural world around them - icing on the cake.
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On investigating a promising looking, abandoned barn in north Florida, we found some honey bees swarming.
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These poor Southern Yellow Jackets were happily going about their business in a typical underground nest, when a backhoe exposed them. They covered the hole quickly.
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“Do you feel luck, Punk? Do ya?” - Baldfaced Hornet.
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In the mid 70’s I was fishing a creek that ran through a farmer’s field. When I had stopped and asked permission, I found this gentleman to be rich in stories and mountain lore, and quick to share them with you.
While we were talking, or more accurately, while I was listening, we were often being “bombed” by some early spring “Bumblebees”.

Without missing a breath in his stories, he snatched a “Bumblebee” from the air in his bare hand!

Ignorant me… I was dumbfounded….
He explained that he didn’t know why, but the “Bumblebees” with the white spot on their heads didn’t sting…..
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Now being terrified of wasps and bees, I felt a nature challenge had been laid down. In a leap of faith and several tries later, I did the same.

Of course, as Daniel and Gordon know, I was perfectly safe from a sting, maybe a little bite, but not a sting.

The “white spotted Bumblebee” is really a drone Carpenter Bee. This one was quite alive and well.
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Re: Invert forum?

Post by SheriMonk » April 17th, 2011, 10:43 am

Wow! How fascinating!
I have had a life-long fear of bees and wasps. One time, surrounded by several rattlesnake den sites, with rattlers out sunning, and neonates clumsily scattered around rookeries, I was harassed by a wasp. Logically, I knew the wasp was less of a threat than the rattlers, but after several minutes of the wasp in my face, I broke into a run, in an effort to get away from it.
During this episode, I knew precisely what a moron I was being, and yet, I could not seem to stop.
I was not stung, nor was I bitten. But since then, I have begun to try and tackle the phobia.
And I love learning about them, academically. I love the way flying, venomous insect look and collective behaviour I find especially fascinating. And yet...

Anyway, at some point, I am going to see of a bee keeper will let me help them with their chores and I hope to begin to get habituated as I work through what I know is an irrational feeling that I have allowed to manifest for far too long.

I would love to see more photos.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Andy Avram » April 17th, 2011, 3:39 pm

Antonsrkn wrote: Butterfly?
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Assuming you saw it in the east the Butterfly is an Eastern Tailed Blue and that beetle is a Dogbane Beetle. You one Swallowtail caterpillar? I have seen before but can't for the life of me remember what species it is.

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Post by Natalie McNear » April 17th, 2011, 4:06 pm

Awesome...

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Post by Tim Borski » April 17th, 2011, 4:39 pm

The first Swallowtail catipillar is a Black on Dill weed.

Here's a pink Katydid. I'm told it's an uncommon color phase...

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...and a regular green one.

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A dish full of Palolo worms is fairly interesting in some circles...

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Post by Andy Avram » April 17th, 2011, 4:47 pm

Tim,

I can believe you have seen a pink Katydid. Every since we discovered they exist at my office me and an employee have made it our goal to find one. Lucky!

p.s. I can't believe I am posting on the invertebrate forum... I need to make this right and have someone post a cool invert like a freshwater mussel or crayfish.

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Post by Tim Borski » April 17th, 2011, 6:38 pm

Tim, I can believe you have seen a pink Katydid. Every since we discovered they exist at my office me and an employee have made it our goal to find one. Lucky!
Andy, that's interesting. I found it while looking for herps one night and thought "Hmmm...that Katy's pink..." and somewhere in the back of my head I seemed to recall them being mentioned as fairly unique so I took a half dozen or so mediocre pics and moved on.
I'll put up a better image when I dig them up again.
Got any insight on them?

The snail's a good idea. here's a few from one of my local hammocks.

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Edit: Scott, just saw this was moved. Thanks, man! :mrgreen:

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Post by Chris Smith » April 18th, 2011, 9:27 am

Pink katydids were first discovered back in 1887, the pink katydid is so rare that they occur once out of every 500 individuals (SOURCE). I found a pink katydid in MN back in 2008 but I cannot seem to find the photo.

Great find!
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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Piglet » April 18th, 2011, 2:51 pm

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no idea what this is-from South Carolina
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Post by Daniel D Dye » April 18th, 2011, 5:47 pm

Piglet wrote:
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That's a click beetle larvae. Also known as a wire worm.

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Re: Invert forum?

Post by Gary2sons » April 18th, 2011, 6:50 pm

Found this little caterpillar in our back yard last summer.

I think it is one of the swallowtail butterflies?


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Also was wondering if that color is normal? Seems like I have seen them greenish and also very light yellow.

Gary

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 18th, 2011, 7:28 pm

Can you people please stop posting pictures of revolting bugs and slimy vermin? I like to read this forum over breakfast, you know.

I mean, how would you feel if you had to look at stuff like this while you're eating?

Thereupoda longicornis
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Spirobolus walkeri
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Nephila maculata
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Anoplophora macularia
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Typopeltis crucifer
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Walking stick on Charlie's shirt
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Post by Natalie McNear » April 18th, 2011, 8:24 pm

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote: Nephila maculata
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OMG! I wouldn't go near that car. :shock:

I saw one of those things (but a lot bigger) in Queensland a couple years ago, and... Never again.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 18th, 2011, 9:36 pm

OMG! I wouldn't go near that car. :shock:
You'll be surprised what a people are capable of when their cars are involved...in the end, I just drove off, spider and all, and when I arrived home, the beast was gone.
I saw one of those things (but a lot bigger) in Queensland a couple years ago, and... Never again.
They're all over the place here. Quite harmless, really, but scary to look at. I wrote something about them the other day:

Sprawled between tree trunks were spider webs the size of a bed sheet that were tough enough to knock your glasses off and deterred the curious from straying off the trail. These were not your grandmother’s cobwebs. They were crafted by Taiwan’s largest arachnid, Nephila maculata, which is known as the “banana spider” in other parts of the world. The Taiwanese call it the “Human Face Spider”, owing to the chillingly realistic depiction of a human skull on the back of the head (the cephalothorax, to be precise). This orb weaver is a classic case of gigantism. The females, with their two-inch bodies and seven-inch legspans, often share their webs with orange specks hundreds of times smaller. These are the males. Compared to the girls, they are so tiny that they can live their entire short lives completely unnoticed by the lady of the manor, stealing her food and even consummating their marriage without her getting wise to it, as long it’s done while she’s distracted by lunch.


I've had one run over my face once when I ran into a net....but nothing happened, unless you coount a near-coronary "nothing" :-)

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Post by Daniel D Dye » April 19th, 2011, 8:14 am

Gary, that's the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail, Papilio troilus. Nice images

Great specimens there, Hans. That House Centipede is a nice one.

Daniel

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Post by Natalie McNear » April 19th, 2011, 11:36 am

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote: The females, with their two-inch bodies and seven-inch legspans, often share their webs with orange specks hundreds of times smaller. These are the males. Compared to the girls, they are so tiny that they can live their entire short lives completely unnoticed by the lady of the manor, stealing her food and even consummating their marriage without her getting wise to it, as long it’s done while she’s distracted by lunch.
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Didn't even notice her husband till I got the photos on the computer.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 19th, 2011, 5:58 pm

Great photo, Natalie! That's not a maculata, though, is it?

Daniel, those house centipedes need to be seen to be appreciated. Over here, they're up to five inches long. Amazing hunting machines. Heavily armed and armored, immensely fast, deadly accurate. The Leopard II tank among inverts. The first time I saw a house centipede, I was at a loss., I had no idea what kind of animal I was looking at. It was so bizarre, and I didn't know where to look for info on this strange thing. In my despair, I Googled "centipede" and "spider legs", and that actually led to useful hits :-)

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 19th, 2011, 6:16 pm

Speaking of inverts, here are some from Germany :-)

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Post by Natalie McNear » April 19th, 2011, 10:05 pm

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Great photo, Natalie! That's not a maculata, though, is it?
Probably not the same species, but definitely the same genus. Still just as scary. :shock:

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Re: Invert forum?

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