Lovely Insects
This is a side blog dedicated to insects! Please feel free to make suggestions and submissions ❀


rhamphothecaBee Mimic Robber Fly (Laphria flavicollis), Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX, USA. photo: Cleetus Lee/Flickr. 


Record-Setting Bug Is Bigger Than Your Hand


White-flannel Moth (Norape ovina)

…a species of Flannel Moth (Megalopygidae) which occurs in the southern United States south into South America. Adult white-flannel moths are typically on the wing from April to May and in some places July to October. They typically have two generations per year thorough most of their range, although hit is likely there are more in the southern areas of their range. White-flannel moth caterpillars are known to feed on Hackberry and Redbud.


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Image: ©John Pickering


Making friends! #grasshopper #insects #friends #wildlife #photography #nofilter


So my dad was given a small planter of milk grass a couple weeks ago by his coworker. Today I took a look at it for the first time and I found a monarch caterpillar hanging around munching on the leaves!! My dad showed me the strawberry planter in the last photo and there was a cocoon. We’re gonna have a small flock of monarchs of our own pretty soon!


Luna moth friend


These are all ants…


Does anyone know what kind of insects these are, and how to handle them? My spaghetti squash plant is covered in them and now it’s not doing so well :/
- plantive


These guys are Halloween in a beetle (bogleech, I’m looking at you). The American Burying Beetle’s black and orange color is just the start. They are also associated with death, and also child friendly—at least for their own kids. 

One of the adults will find a suitable bird or rodent carcass, and send out pheromones to attract a member of the opposite sex. Once the pair meet, they get busy… burying. Well, first they strip off the skin and appendages of the corpse, turning it into a lovely flesh-ball. Then, there’s the actual burying, mating, and egg laying.

But the hard working parents’ job isn’t done once the eggs are laid. Once the grubs hatch, the real work begins. They keep the babies clean, perform regurgitation feeding like birds, or moving the babies to a particularly choice piece of carcass. This is a good picture of the parental care, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Habitation fragmentation has made it difficult for couples to find each other, causing the Burying Beetle to be listed by the Endangered Species Act. Breeding and reintroduction programs have been working to bring these beauties back to the wild.


still a friend of mine by willardbeachphotography