Category: beetles

@pastellieria submitted:

@pastellieria submitted:

i found this very pretty and shiny weevil during fieldwork today! in NW Indiana 🙂

Very nice! This is a broad-nosed weevil, which is my favorite type of weevil (shhhhh don’t tell the nut and acorn weevils I said that! [link]). Here are a couple of the ones I see in Texas:

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Broad-nosed weevils! Top: Mating pair of Tanymecus confusus (left), a curious Eudiagogus rosenschoeldi (right). Bottom: A mysterious African weevil, unidentified but maybe in tribe Peritelini (left), my all time fav Compsus auricephalus.

Your weevil looks to be a Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil (Polydrusus formosus), which is an introduced species from Europe. Very green! Very shiny!

Thanks for sending your weevil friend in!

July 17, 2018

cool-critters: bowelflies: godspeed you tiny …

cool-critters:

bowelflies:

godspeed you tiny emperors

Nature is amazing!!

This is good. Insect wings are amazing–especially beetle wings (because they are SECRETS). Allow me to present:

Tropisternus lateralis (A water scavenger beetle) [link to iNat obs]

Common Eastern Firefly [link to iNat obs]

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle [link to iNat obs], recently emerged from pupa. They have to hold their wings out and unfolded while they dry/harden. The spots don’t darken until later.

Mystery Water Scavenger Beetle [link to iNat obs]

Banded Hickory Borer [link to iNat obs]

Posted July 11, 2018 of Texan Beetle Babes

bowelfly: bowelfly: have i mentioned how much…

bowelfly:

bowelfly:

have i mentioned how much i love the ambrosia beetle Cnestus mutilatus? look at them. what an incredibly good shape for a beast to have.

photo credit 1 Jiri Hulcr, 2 & 3 You Li, 4 from this paper about C. mutilatus being so attracted to ethanol they were found burrowing into fucking gas cans bless their hearts

lol they’re also cutting boat fuel lines. i’m gonna become a supervillain who’s only schtick is breeding them and releasing them into yacht clubs

lwhittie: These two are at home again after s…

lwhittie:

These two are at home again after spending nearly a year in an exhibit at Oregon State University.

Oh!

I love!

Lined June Beetle, Polyphylla genus. Very fash…

Lined June Beetle, Polyphylla genus. Very fashionable in a pinstriped suit and furry vest.

By the Colorado River in Austin, TX
Seen May 16 / Posted June 26, 2018

Scoundrel.

Scoundrel.

Y’all haven’t smelled anything until a GIANT BEETLE POOPS ON YOU. I swear I smelled like legions of porta potties were distilled into a special “just-for-me” Eau de Scarabée fragrance that I was forced to wear the rest of the night. Like, imagine the grossest subway elevator possible and make it smell worse, and then imagine you had to take a whiff every time you wanted to photograph something. Rude.

Grapevine Beetle, by the Colorado River in Austin, Texas
Smelled May 16 / Posted June 13, 2018

queen-of-the-wild-things: nanonaturalist: So…

queen-of-the-wild-things:

nanonaturalist:

So as a lover of biology, I also enjoy vulture culture (collecting and preserving dead things). My brother has a farm and recently gave me a couple of duck heads to clean the skulls. Well, after a couple of days, all but one went missing. I was like, what the heck, they were all under the bucket. So I dug around the now soft soil and I found these creepy little beauties! American Burying Beetles! They’re the culprits in my missing heads. I did some research and discovered they’re considered “critically endangered”. It was super cool to find so many (15+). I just left them be and covered them back up, so they could bury themselves back underground. Thought I’d share these rare, (not so) little gems with you.

submitted by @queen-of-the-wild-things

AAAAAAAAH I LOVE THEM CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

@nanonaturalist I was made aware by a kind anon that Nicrophorus americanus has an orange spot on and right behind their head. My beetles did not. It’s obviously still in the genus Nicrophorus. Maybe some people can help finding the species? Please and thank you!

I dug a bit, and looks like you have Nicrophorus carolinus [link]

There are lots of these beetles and they all look similar.

Fun fact about these types of beetles!

“Remarkable parental care: adults bury a small carcass, lay eggs in it, and stay to feed the young on regurgitated carrion.”

Nice!

AAAAAAAAH I LOVE THEM CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

So as a lover of biology, I also enjoy vulture culture (collecting and preserving dead things). My brother has a farm and recently gave me a couple of duck heads to clean the skulls. Well, after a couple of days, all but one went missing. I was like, what the heck, they were all under the bucket. So I dug around the now soft soil and I found these creepy little beauties! American Burying Beetles! They’re the culprits in my missing heads. I did some research and discovered they’re considered “critically endangered”. It was super cool to find so many (15+). I just left them be and covered them back up, so they could bury themselves back underground. Thought I’d share these rare, (not so) little gems with you.

submitted by @queen-of-the-wild-things

AAAAAAAAH I LOVE THEM CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Three Ways to Poke a Beetle (+ Bonus Rage Writ…

Three Ways to Poke a Beetle (+ Bonus Rage Writhe)

Hardwood Stump Borer (Mallodon dasystomus), Austin, TX
Photo from May 16 / Posted June 4, 2018

A lady can’t even enjoy a delicious caddisfly …

A lady can’t even enjoy a delicious caddisfly in peace these days. Jeez.

Discodon planicolle Soldier Beetle, Austin, TX
Photo from May 16 / Posted June 4, 2018