Thursday, May 31, 2007

Elm Sawfly Cimbex americana

This is the adult Elm Sawfly Cimbex americana which I think is beautiful. And here's the link with the info since I don't feel like typing it over:

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cimbex americana ( Elm Sawfly )

I finally found out what species of Sawfly this is. This is the larvæ you're viewing. Pics of the adult will follow. They come in similar patterns and colors.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bugs I Saw Today

These are all the bugs I saw today:

♥ 2 small green bugs
♥ 1 gnat
♥ LOTS of aphids
1 huge stink bug nymph

I have no idea what species it was. But it was all brown. I almost caught it too.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Butternut Wooly Worm

The Butternut Wooly Worm is the larvae of a sawfly. The name applies to waxy covering on the larvae and what they feed on butternut, Black Walnut, and Hickory. I love them to death because I think they look so cute! Hope I see one some day. More info can be found at Bugguide.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


This is a Cimbicid Sawfly. The species being Zaraea if I'm not mistaken according to Bugguide where I got the photo from. Once I find out what species this is info shall come. In the mean time isn't it cute? ♥

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sawfly pics! 3

Tenthredo verticalis
Tenthredo fernaldii

Friday, May 25, 2007

Sawfly pics! 2

Arge humeralis
♥ Black and yellow sawfly Allantus viennensis mimics mason wasp ( Vespidae: Eumeninae )!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sawfly pics!

Photos from Bugguide. I have no clue as to what species these are.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Info taken from Bugguide:

The larvæ of many sawfly species resemble the caterpillars of butterflies and moths, but can be distinguished by the fact that they never have fewer then six pairs of prolegs ( Lepidopteran caterpillars never have more then 5 pairs ). Other sawfly larvæ are legless and may even be slimy to the touch, leading early entomologist to call them "slug worms".

The adult sawflies have four-wing and may closely resemble other hymenopterans, but lack the characteristic "wasp-waist" between the thorax and abdomen. Females typically have conspicuous ovipositors that may look fearsome, but these are never used as stingers.


Adult sawflies typically feed on nectar or pollen and most sawfly larvæ feed openly on leaves. Some larvæ that are legless bore into the stems or mine into the leaf tissue. A few sawfly species have been reported to be carnivorous or parasitic.

And pics will be coming! =)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Yes this is the 3rd interuption of my Hymenoptera entries because I went out today and I found a whole lot of bugs and a bonus.....

♥ 3 green stink bug nymphs. They were very tiny.

♥ 2 winged aphids. I think they were black bean aphids.

♥ 8-7 small grey bugs. I have no idea what they were

♥ 1 ant

♥ 2-4 red velvet mites

♥ 1 fly

1 pill bug!

I took it home and took 2 pics of it on a sheet of paper. Then I played with it a bit and then let him go outside where I found him. He was cute. =)

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Brief Innteruption 2

Just a few minutes ago a moth of some type came out of no where and landed on my computer screen. I went searching for the mini disposable camera I keep on my desk for this exact reason. Unfortunately these 2 things happened:

♥ The moth flew away after about 5 seconds :(

♥ I couldn't find my camera so I had to open another one.

The reason why I wanted a photo was because I didn't know what kind it was and I wanted get a photo of it so I could submit it to bugguide for them to ID it. I hope I see it again and get a decent photo.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Brief Innteruption

Here are 2 spider books I just found out about:

♥ A Golden guide - Spiders and their kin
♥ The Book of the Spider Paul Hillyards

These are going on my wish list! =)

Saturday, May 19, 2007


You've got to read this! This is mad!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Broad Jump Wasp

There doesn't seem to be much on this beautiful wasp. I'll keep looking and inform you of what I find.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wasp pics

Mischocyttarus flavitarsis

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Get ready to see some really cool looking wasp like the one in this photo which is a Spider wasp Entypus unifasciatus. And it's a female.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ichneumon Wasps

I found this really cute Ichneumon wasp pic and I wanted to share it with you. I don't know the species though but isn't it cute?

Sunday, May 13, 2007



Enjoy these 2 Viceroy butterflies mating and becoming parents! =P The one with the wings spread out is the female/ the mommy to be. Hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Interesting Ichneumon Wasp

I found this photo of a really cool looking Ichneumon wasp on Bugguide. They say it's an Arotes sp. but they're not sure what species. And it's a female note the long HARMLESS egg laying tube called and ovipositor present in female ichneumon wasps.

Disclaimer: I didn't take this photo. I don't own this photo. This photo is not mine.


Friday, May 11, 2007

Ichneumon Wasp

Giant Ichneumon Wasps Megarhyssa sp. Pics of different species and info.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Ichneumon Wasp of some sort.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bees #2

Bumble bee ( Bombus sp. ).

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Purple Sawfly Larvæ?!

Apparently so since this pic proves it! Sawflies which are a member of Hymenoptera have caterpillar like larvæ. The larvæ change into wasp like winged insects called Sawflies. The larvæ come in a variety of colors and patterns but I've never seen them in purple. It must've been something they ate because originally they're not purple. This is got me thinking "what did they eat to become purple" ( which is one of my favorite colors btw )?

And it also got me thinking "what will the adults look like?" Alot of questions are in my mind right now. Photo from Bugguide. I'm a member of Bugguide so if you see any comment on there with my name underneath you'll know it's me! =)

Monday, May 07, 2007


I'm going to start to do some stuff on Hymenoptera ( Bees, Wasp, and Ants ). It's one of my favorite insect orders and I know quite a few things about them. I also plan to learn more by doing research and posting what I find here. I hope you enjoy it! So next post will be the first!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Syntomeida epilais

When I first saw a picture of this moth I though it was from a tropical country but it lives in Florida! And I posted a pic of it before too not knowing what it I know! The following info was taken from Bugguide. Enjoy reading this!

Common Names:

Oleander Moth, Polka-dot wasp moth


Day-flying. Adult moth largely dark metallic blue, with white spots on the wings and body and red tipped abdomen. Catterpillars to about 2", orange with black tuffs of hair.


Neotropical: all parts of FL except NW.


Caterpillars are a common pest of Oleanders and adults are often found nectaring near by.


Year round.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Moths #2

I found this pretty moth on Bugguide. I've heard of it but I've never seen the adult moth until now. The moth I'm speaking of is the Spotted Oleandar Moth Empyreuma affinis. I came across it while Google searching stuff on moths. The one shown here is a male. I really think they're pretty.

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be that much on this moth. All I coud find was the info below:

Range: South Florida

Food: Oleandar

Remarks: Apparently an introduced species from the Carribean.

Similar Species: Syntomeida epilias I'll try and see if I can find anything on this moth tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Another beautiful Ctenucha moth of some sort. I'll see if I can find some info on it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Naughty Spiders

I just found out about these! Look here they are amazing!