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Celebrating insects every day of the week!
Celebrating insects every day of the week!

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Orange Blister Beetle
A rather incredible photo of this bicolored Indian beauty against a blue sky. Thanks to +Jasbir S. Randhawa for sharing!
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Tailless Whip Scorpion
(also called whip spiders)
These are absolutely fascinating arachnids, not quite a spider, not quite a scorpion but somewhere in between. +Ken Dobson shares with us an absolutely amazing photo of this one. For more, see also this video from David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth:
The Whip Spider
 *Tailless Whip Scorpion*

I captured this with my 100mm macro one day when I discovered it in my bathroom.  These things are very creepy looking, very fast and as it turns out, quite harmless.  These were also in the Harry Potter movie.  While I'm not freaked out by these things, I still haven't brought myself to actually hold one.

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#Swallowtail Butterflies*
A rather large congregation from Brazil, with thanks to +Werner Hofmann for sharing this scene.
Butterflies from Iguazú National Park

The waterfalls of iguazu argentina are probably the most spectacular on earth.
But  Iguazú National Park is also a place, to see a great variety of butterflies.  
Here is one example from our visit in January 2010.
#wingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies! +Cicely Robin Laing +Sharon Jeannette 

#bugseveryday  +BugsEveryday 
#hqspmacro   +HQSP Macro +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Vishal Kumar +Rinus Bakker 
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An amazing macro of Weaver Ants from +Anthony KeiC Wong. I think this one speaks for itself!
One of the ferocious weaver ants (oecophylla smaragdina) delivered a skin penetrating bite to an earth worm they captured.

#macro4all  , by +Walter Soestbergen , +Macro4All 
#bugseveryday  , by +Chris Mallory , +BugsEveryday 
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Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Occurring all across North America, this bug is a notorious pest species known to feed on and damage a wide variety of crops - but as far as pests go, this is a fairly pretty one, and +Seth Burgess does well to showcase its beauty here. Wouldn't want to have it in your garden, perhaps, but very enjoyable to look at on the internet!
Cucumber Beetle on Rose
Diabrotica undecimpunctata

Every blossom that was still around a couple weeks ago seemed to have at least half a dozen cucumber beetles living in it.  These colorful beetles are considered a pest, sucking on tender plant growth, and I'd really rather not see them in our garden.  Unfortunately it seems that eradication or even treatment is non-trivial, especially for gardeners with an organic leaning!  They're probably choosing our soil to overwinter in now (or whenever the cold  weather gets here for real), and there's really not a lot that can be done about it.
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A pretty spectacular macro close-up of an unknown metallic green fly -probably a male with those large eyes!
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An excellent shot of an adult Katydid from +Dan Peterson. If you look closely, right beneath the joint on the forelegs you can make out a small eliptical opening - this is the tympanum, which is essentially the katydid's ear. 
Arrested for being a general pest late after noon , spent the night with the Judge of the Spider Chamber. Was found not guilty for reasons of not hungery. +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory +Bug Anatomy +Jean-Yves Casalis I find the shield behind the head kinda interesting :)
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While female Rambur's forktails are usually red, occasionally they can be found in other colors, such as this blue andromorph. Many thanks to +Kimberly Hosey for sharing this odd phenomenon! (and, if you like dragonflies and damselflies, do head on over to Kimberly's stream as she posts them daily!)
Odonata a Day 215/365

(Forgive the late posting. My son wanted me to leave the scorpion picture at the top for a while, and who am I to argue?)

A female andromorph (looks like the males) Rambur's forktail damselfly (Ischnura ramburii) at Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona.  (She's facing a male just out of the frame.) The different color morphs on these damselflies could make up a book nearly on their own, and quite often it seems (to me, anyway) that different locations will have a preponderance of certain colors.

#OdonataPoker (+viviane godenne)
#ScienceSunday (+ScienceSunday +Robby Bowles +Allison Sekuler +Rajini Rao +Chad Haney +Buddhini Samarasinghe)
#BugsEveryday (+BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory)
#OdeADay (+Kimberly Hosey)
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
is this not the coolest spider you've ever seen? Many thanks to +lerato majikfaerie for sharing this bizarre beauty.
Ravine Trapdoor Spider - Cyclocosmia truncata
This is one of the coolest #spiders  I've come across - it makes a little burrow in the ground, and then plugs the hole with the back of its abdomen, when threatened, leaving this awesome shape in the ground. Apparently, it's brilliant camouflage.

more info http://www.spiderzrule.com/trapdoor2.htm (photo found all over the internet)

Late edition for #SpiderSunday  
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Mocker Swallowtail
A beautiful african species described by E. B. Poulton as "the most interesting butterfly in the world." An extremely polymorphic species, there are over a dozen different morphs of this butterfly. To see just a few examples, check here:
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/pls/portallive/docs/1/36551696.JPG
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