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Old 05-13-2017, 10:10 AM   #1
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The dragonfly is by far my favorite insect. Second favorite is the praying mantis.
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Great pictures.

Dragonflies have to be way up there on the list. Funny, I haven't really thought about this before...but, I have with plants--and it is always too hard to pick a favorite; I always end up saying "one of my many favorites".

I'm going to have to think on this one. I will say, that your post got me thinking...I believe that grasshoppers were probably one of my earliest childhood "bug memories". It seems to me that some bugs were more creepy and others "cute". Butterflies, lady bugs, and even "daddy long leg" spiders were all "not scary"--perhaps because they had names...or my parents had positive reactions to them. (Honestly, I don't recall negative reactions--especially not from my dad.)

Now, fast forward to my adulthood and my interest in attracting wildlife to the yard...I'm trying to figure out which insects do I really look forward to seeing each year. I know that hummingbird moths are a rare find--I'm always excited to see them. I definitely look forward to monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. Spicebush swallowtail caterpillars are awesome. I have always liked bumblebees.

Since buying our property, I have learned of assassin bugs and all sorts of interesting creatures. I also like to see those blue, narrow-waisted wasps. I like having praying mantis here--and based on the egg cases, I believe I have the/a native species...but, I have to admit that the way they turn their heads to look at me still makes me a touch uneasy.

(Sorry, I can't pick just one...and I'm sure I've forgotten tons of others that would make my "favorites" list.) Great question.
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The "clear-wing" moth is what I had called a "hummingbird moth"...here is a picture of one visiting the yard last year.

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That is a hard one. I like bumblebees of all kinds. I admit a fondness for solitary wasps, hover flies and hummingbird moths. My insect of the year this year is the ebony jewelwing damselfly, as it is beautiful, eats mosquitoes and for some reason it is irrupting this year so I have thousands in my yard.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebony_jewelwing
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My insect of the year this year is the ebony jewelwing damselfly, as it is beautiful, eats mosquitoes and for some reason it is irrupting this year so I have thousands in my yard.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebony_jewelwing
How cool is that!? Congratulations.

I really have to start focusing on my larger pond and wetland project...that will open up a whole new world to me. Species that need it wet have been on the back burner for so long...once I have a spot for them, I'll plant a lot of sedges, wetland wildflowers, and wetland shrubs. That will bring in a lot of wetland-loving animal species!
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I like bees too. Spring South Korea 2013
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WOW Is he ever coated in pollen or what!!!!
The ebony jewel wing damselfly is way up there on my list of likes too!
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The immature aquatic versions of some of the dragonflies are pretty cool.
Their dragon like appearance roaming the bottom in search of their next victim.

Anything metallic like is always a welcome siting!
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The spotted tiger beetles, and the tank like scarabs!

If you want to know which provide the most interesting entertainment
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The antlions, how they scritch and scratch sand up as they create a slide trap to their awaiting bellies.
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The eye click beetles. Nothing more fun than to introduce those to an unsuspecting victim of your choice.


Hmmmm All in all...........I'd have to say the spitbugs.
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I can't help but poke open a bubble nest to view their soft semi transparent green and yellow bodies with inquisitive red eyes.
Cicada like!
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:32 AM   #8
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Chinese praying mantis. Sadly, it is a non-native invasive but it is the bug that got me into bugs. And the picture is not my first Chinese mantis. First one was the one my 1st grade teacher had on the first day of school.
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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
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They like lowlands or was it the moisture that draws them? The lightning bugs,,,,
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