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Old 06-07-2017, 10:13 PM   #11
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Wow lots of cool pictures. I love lots of bugs but right now my favorite is the lightning bug. They light up the front of my property at night . I started seeing them about a week ago and see them all summer. My horse pasture sparkles at night
Sounds beautiful!

I remember noticing them appearing about a week before Fourth of July--I'm more north than you, or maybe that is just when I used to notice them, not when they first appeared.
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Hmmm...lots of cool bugs mentioned already, and cool photos, too!
I think my favorites are the lightning bugs, crickets (love their "music" on a warm summer night) and the little, solitary bees of all kinds. Sorry, I can't pick just one!
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:03 PM   #13
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I like burying beetles and dung beetles and spiders and bees,
etc...etc...etc...lol. As an urban gardener insects and spiders live right here with us in abundance and learning to appreciate that has been an exciting adventure.
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burying beetles? The antlions I mentioned?
Cool little critters to watch flinging the sand out of their traps and in the air!
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:24 AM   #15
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Antlions are cool but I'm speaking of an American carrion beetle. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of my own.

https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endanger.../abb_fact.html

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"It is a warm, midsummer night. Two creatures find a small, dead animal and begin to bury it underground by gradually excavating soil out from under it. Once in the underground chamber, the creatures strip the fur or feathers from the carcass, roll it into a ball, and coat it with secretions, preserving it in a semi-mummified state. They mate. Later, the carcass will be food for the entire family."
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Ahhhh yes. I'm familiar with those but hadn't heard the name burying beetles tagged to them before.

Don't quote me on this but I was once told all insects were pretty much edible BUT the carrion eaters!
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They like lowlands or was it the moisture that draws them? The lightning bugs,,,,
Wet areas. The young feed on slugs
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Really...I didn't know that!
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Fireflies (Lightning Bugs), Firefly (Lightning Bug) Pictures, Firefly (Lightning Bug) Facts - National Geographic
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