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Old 06-24-2015, 09:40 AM   #31
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I like it too. KEEP em coming!
I enjoy browsing and searching for their ID's in the field guide I'd won through one of W.G's past contests.
It's made by national wildlife federation by Arthur V. Evans NICE book!
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:21 PM   #32
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Awesome bug photos kat
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This awesome critter has no common name. It is an adult antlion, with a four to five inch wing span.
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:27 PM   #34
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Wowza, turttle! That's a biggie
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I bet it's larva form is a terror to other like-sized creatures!
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Old 07-12-2015, 12:42 PM   #36
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Star Wars used an ant lion as the model for the monster in the sandpit on Tatooine. The larva of this particular ant lion must be huge!

I just figured out that the holes in the ground I have here in my clay soil with rings around them are bee nests rather than ant lions which only nest in sand. Apparently many solitary bees, including digger bees and masked bees nest in the ground in holes that look much like ant lion dens.
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Star Wars used an ant lion as the model for the monster in the sandpit on Tatooine. The larva of this particular ant lion must be huge!

I just figured out that the holes in the ground I have here in my clay soil with rings around them are bee nests rather than ant lions which only nest in sand. Apparently many solitary bees, including digger bees and masked bees nest in the ground in holes that look much like ant lion dens.
There's a terrific novel called Voyage to Arcturus, written by David Lindsay, which is actually free to anyone with a Kindle at Amazon. In it, life as one would be in the insect world is wonderfully portrayed, and it left a lasting impression on me when I read the novel years ago in undergraduate school. It was required reading in the class that I was taking. Thinking of the ant lion larva form reminded me of it, and I only wonder what it must be like to be an insect being preyed upon by such a beast.

The novel makes that vision quite assessable. It's a dangerous world for a bug down there in the mulch layer...
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I saw an Ant Lion for the first time this spring. I wondered that the sand pits were around my barn. Now I know. The Ant Lions make them to catch ants. Interesting
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Tremors was probably another movie created with this insect in mind.
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Hubby has been out with the camera again!

I have NO idea what this first critter is. Any guesses?

This second guy looks like he's saying "Ready for take-off!"

Third one is aphids. Aphids up-close kind creep me out.

A lovely portrait of a Milkweed Longhorned Beetle.
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