Category: bugs

Really pretty ant on the prowl at work

Really pretty ant on the prowl at work

tarantulajelly: starchaserclothing: Long tim…

tarantulajelly:

starchaserclothing:

Long
time no see!  No joke, I’ve been sick for about a month between food
poisoning and a horrible respiratory infection.  I just wanted to let
you guys know I’m finally able to start working on some new things and
I’m going as fast as I can to catch up on orders that were delayed when I
was unable to work.  Please bear with me <3.

Finally put together a design for a bug shirt after having been half dead most of the month <3.  Coming soon ™.

nanonaturalist: Scoundrel.Y’all haven’t smell…

nanonaturalist:

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

Okay so, today while looking for ducks, a GIANT beetle larva (it had to have been something like a leaf beetle but it was massive) scurried out from the bushes and I petted him a bit to slow him down for photos. He ended up crawling into my hoodie sleeve, and when I tried to lift him up he got SO SCARED he pooped in my sleeve a little. Super tiny baby poop though.

IT WAS THE WORST SMELLING THING EVER—WORSE THAN A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT and yes I’ve been to one don’t ask.

Thanks, Canada

(July 25, 2018 / posted from Calgary)

nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: • Still in b…

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

• Still in bed at 11:30 am because I’m a grown-ass adult and I can
• Hear a *thump* on my bedroom window
• huh
• SCREAMING ENSUES
• What have I done to become so blessed? Has the Cicada God deemed me worthy? Is this the karma I have been so patiently waiting for?
• Thank you for the beautiful song, sweet boy 😭

June 23, 2018

Oh right I forgot to mention: the window is closed. The sound you hear is through double-paned glass. These things are so loud they can actually hurt your ears.

@dratinimartini​ I am indeed so blessed 😭Please enjoy

Cicadas I Have Loved

Posted previously (POST-MOLT GIFSET) here [link]

Cicadas of the world. Top left: The first cicada I ever saw. Auckland, New Zealand in 2007. Top right and bottom photos were two cicadas I saw in Malawi last year (2017).

Some Texan Babes. A couple of these I posted recently. Check them out:
Scissors Grinder comes out of nowhere and lands on my shirt
Little Mesquite Cicada takes a Superb Dog-day Cicada for a pony ride

I obsessively document all my bugs on iNaturalist. Check out all my cicadas here (including their different screams!) [link]

Also, probably worth mentioning I am A BIG FAN OF SCREAMING BUGS

Above: your humble narrator upon receipt of the best shirt ever [link]


@samwisenichols Yes! It’s True! They Are LOUD. Observe Chapter 24 of the University of Florida Book of Insect Records: LOUDEST [link]:

Those are all cicadas. And the “SPL” in the chart is the sound in decibels. The loudest of the loud cicadas average over 105 dB when measured from 50 cm (approx 20 inches away). But how loud is 105 dB anyway? Check out these scales I stole from this website [link] and vandalized with a beautiful Neotibicen <3

Louder than a chainsaw! 😀

Some species of cicada are so loud, you couldn’t take them into a concert or dance club in the EU without breaking the law! Listening to cicadas scream at 20 inches away for less than 4 minutes can result in irreversible hearing damage.

😀

July 12, 2018

Sorry for the shaky footage, but this little o…

Sorry for the shaky footage, but this little one hopped onto my wife’s desk and I had to catch it and video it before I put it outside. Some kind of wasp? Super energetic and intelligent, entrancing really. Really tiny.

Libellula – Dragonfly

Libellula – Dragonfly:

Source ❀

What is this bug? Black, six legs, long flexib…

What is this bug? Black, six legs, long flexible spiky abdomen, yellow spot on head and side of abdomen. Found in southeast Michigan. Help.

Woah! Definitely a cool one! Can anyone help mawkabre out with this lovely insect?

Threes a crowd. Unless you like that sorta thi…

Threes a crowd. Unless you like that sorta thing…

Thank you stillbourn for the submission!!!

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

nanonaturalist:A ridiculously buggy day at wor…

nanonaturalist:

A ridiculously buggy day at work! Coworker told me she found a really cool bug in the hallway, and that she caught it for me and had it in a cup on her desk. I was expecting something interesting, but not too noteworthy. The building is overrun with crickets, isopods, june beetles, spiders, etc., so bugs in the hall aren’t usually something I haven’t seen before.

It was an assassin bug, of a genus I didn’t even know about. Rasahus biguttatus. No common name because they are not common. She was pretty tame after being in the cup in an air conditioned building, so I got her under the work microscope. She was too big to get all at once so I made a couple composites.

I went to take her outside. My building is next to an overgrown field and figured that was the best place for her. As soon as I left the building, I was pummeled by this dragonfly. I don’t know what was going on with it, but I also didn’t bring my phone because I was an idiot, and I really wanted dragonfly pictures, so… I was a little rude. Showed dragonfly to coworkers (“Look what I found!”), grabbed phone, went back out. I’m holding the cup with the assassin bug under my arm while I hold dragonfly in one hand and take photos with the other. Position the dragonfly’s legs onto my opposite hand so it can figure out where up was before taking off.

… except it didn’t. Meanwhile, I dropped the assassin bug cup while scrambling to take Free Dragonfly Loves Me photos, because dragonflies almost never behave (they go zoom instead). I take my photos, look down at the empty cup and look around to make sure she’s okay. I can’t find her. Where is she? Then I look at my clothes and she is happily exploring my shirt, climbs down to my pants, then I get a group photo. I put her back in the cup, and head over to the field. Assassin bug is released. Dragonfly won’t leave.

I see a nice tall thistle, and decide dragonflies love gazing upon their vast empires from tall thistles. I get to the thistle, am not completely surprised to see eastern leaf-footed bugs (they love thistles, ask me how I know). But I am surprised to see a new coloration pattern which may or may not be a separate species, then I see another one… dangling into the air with its head in the blossom? Oh wait, no, that’s a crab spider eating it. And oh, the other blossom is swarming with nymphs?

So I end up with an even more ridiculous group photo: dragonfly in the hand I’m using to position the thistle with the spider eating the leaf-footed bug, while nymphs crawl down the next stem over to my fingers…

And this all happened in five minutes. The dragonfly eventually flew away.

May 4, 2017

Flashback to this excellent day from last year. I really need to check out that field again. They’ve been mowing so no thistles or sunflowers this year. Also the building manager is SUPER EXCITED they’re going to pave over the whole thing for a parking garage. WHY? NOBODY EVER COMES HERE. YOU’RE FIRED.

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