Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Onion Plant Bugs Labopidicola, Labopidea

So one of these decided to pay me a visit early this morning (06-01-11) and I went looking to see if I can pin it to an ID and came up with Labopidea, Labopodicola (what the difference is between the 2 I have no idea). Only difference with mine is that mine was a darker green then in the photos I found on Bugguide.

Of course there's a possibility (with Mirids it's hard because it's the largest Hemipteran genius) it was something else. What that something else is well.......it could be:

Orthotylus sp.
Ilnacorella sulcata, other green Ilnacorella?
Blepharidopterus sp.
Or this? Which hasn't been ID'd yet.....

Will continue looking for other possible candidates. There's also a nice PDF on them here.

You shall be updated!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Korean Bug Sites!! 한국 곤충 블로그/싸이트

대~~~~~~~~~박! 대박이당~~!

I found these (06-01-11):

몸은 비록 멀리 있어도 항상 가까은 곳에... Linky!
곤충 나라 식물 나라 Linky!

아주 행복해요~*.* 공부!!! 공부 열심히해요! 홧팅!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris)

I saw this yesterday and mistook this for a honey bee. Come to think of all my other "Honey Bees" that were way too big to be honey bees might have been these fellas. =)

These are native to Europe (obviously introduced here :P) where they have 6 different color forms. =O I wonder which one was mine? Mine had white fuzz around the abdomen kinda like this one.

They're cute but they like destroying daffodils.......we can't have that in my garden (if/whenever I get one). *^^*

The adult M. equestris feeds on the pollen and nectar of flowers from the genera Lilium and Narcissus.

The larvae of these flies are known pests found on the bulbs of these flowers, leading to the names bulb fly and Narcissus fly. This is unlike most other members of the family, which predate on aphids.

Interesting! From Wikipedia obviously.....do extra research!! I can only do so much with limited knowledge on these and the genius in general. :P

I'll see if I can spot some more?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


So I went to the park today finally!! It's been too long and was GREATLY rewarded with members of the Lepidoptera family (I thank you greatly):

1. Tiger Swallowtail ANOTHER ONE! That makes 3 altogether I've seen around my neighborhood. Starting to keep track now.

2. A Comma or a Fritillary? 90% it was a comma. Little sneaky bugger was too fast for me to get a good look at it.

3. Eastern Tailed Blue?

4. Mating hoverflies?

And a hoverfly mimicking a honeybee.........RESEARCH!! I'll get back to you! ^___________^


Deutzia gracilis
Philadelphia Orange
Mystery Flower #1
Mystery Flower #2 Looks like Ajuga sp. but isn't. X_X

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wicked Bugs! >:)

Oh Ho~!Link

This. Is. Epic.! A special thanks to AOL for directing me to this epic trailer due to them featuring a brief article here. And then there's this too from which I read that epic excerpt from this book that's about to become apart of my collection of epic insect books.

LinkWicked Bugs is like an updated version of Nick Arnold's Ugly Bugs except it's not "kiddified" if you get my drift. Both are epic but Amy's is more of the "adult version" at least to me.

You can be sure that I'll get my copy ASAP. Because when one of America's best selling writers that doesn't write about insects starts to.......you know it's gonna be epic!

Props to Amy!! You've gained another fan. Can't wait to read it all!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BOTM: Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

Argynnis paphia F. valensina

These are on the cover of A World For Butterflies by Phil Schappert which I received on the 17th. It's a gorgeous book and I highly recommend it.

Now on to my ramblings about 2 very important things that I noticed:

1. There's quite a bit of info on Wikipedia but it's not cited with references or sources so I won't be posting anything from there on here. I will be linking it though.

2. From what I understand there seems to be 2 forms of the female....unless the 'F' stands for 'form' there's the regular orange color and this one (pictured) named valensina.

Upon searching for info elsewhere I found this.

Apparently Valesina is the name of the dark form of the females. Coolies!

A spectacular form of this butterfly, known as valesina, occurs in a small percentage of females, primarily in the larger colonies in the south of England, where the orange-brown colouring is replaced with a deep olive-green.

The legendary lepidopterist, Frederick William Frohawk, was so taken with this form, that he named his only daughter after it. This form is quite distinctive in flight, looking like an overgrown Ringlet, and has the common name of the “Greenish Silver-washed Fritillary”

- UK Butterflies

On a side note I'll be look at that site even further because it has pictures and videos of butterflies. For A. paphia it also lists the aberrations too.

Will be checking the site out further. Awesomeness.