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Old 08-30-2011, 05:55 AM   #61
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I saved this bug from the yard debris but it doesn't look like eggs underneath.
Seven-spotted lad beetle (Coccinella septempunctata); looks as if it has been parasitized, perhaps by Dinocampus coccinellae, a parasitic wasp that develops inside the body of the beetle.
When the wasp larva is fully grown, it makes a hole in the abdomen of the beetle, crawls outside and spins a cocoon between the legs of its host. The larva also paralyzes the beetle so that it “stands guard,” protecting the cocoon until the adult wasp emerges. In many cases, the paralysis will wear off and the adult beetle will resume a normal life feeding on aphids and such. See “The cost of a bodyguard” at Parasitism: Wasp uses ladybug as 'zombie bodyguard'
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:19 AM   #62
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Now THAT'S the most interesting behavior I've heard in a long, long time!
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:36 AM   #63
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Ok..... Someone must be playing with the system?
Everything got really large like it is now more viewable to the visibly impaired but.....
When you click upon a photo to enlarge it, it shows up so low in the screen it can't be seen.
Trying to scroll down to view it makes it disappear entirely!
I can no longer view any of the photos!
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Sorry about the interruption here but this is what my viewing screen is looking like. Half photos and much larger print.
Can anyone tell me in a private message how to fix my end so I can view things with out flooding the page?
I was told to push down on the scroll on the mouse and move it up and down but that didn't do anything but add a little square onto the screen (See red circled item) causing the whole page to go up and down.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:06 PM   #64
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... Many, many other great photos this month.
Yes, many great photos...yours among them. Great shot, turttle.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:11 PM   #65
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...plus a giant fuzzy thing that womped me in the head while taking photos.

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Great shots, Boo Boo.

I can't decide...I really like the monarch larva with the backlit leaf...and the great shot of a Bombus.

...I think the fuzzy thing that womped you on the head was the clearwing/hummingbird moth (assuming the one picture above is the same "fuzzy thing" you mentioned).
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #66
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This months' entries...
All very cool, suunto...hard to pick, but I really like the toad and the caterpillar a LOT...then again the dragonfly against the lichens-covered rock...and, then there is the onion(?). Great job!
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:19 PM   #67
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I saved this bug from the yard debris but it doesn't look like eggs underneath.
Cute little guy, maricybele...
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...looks as if it has been parasitized...

...In many cases, the paralysis will wear off and the adult beetle will resume a normal life feeding on aphids and such. See “The cost of a bodyguard” at Parasitism: Wasp uses ladybug as 'zombie bodyguard'
Ew.

I was surprised to read that they can sometimes resume a normal life afer going through all of that!
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August 2011. Contest is now closed. Good luck to all who entered!
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:33 AM   #69
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Great shots, Boo Boo.

I can't decide...I really like the monarch larva with the backlit leaf...and the great shot of a Bombus.

...I think the fuzzy thing that womped you on the head was the clearwing/hummingbird moth (assuming the one picture above is the same "fuzzy thing" you mentioned).
Thanks for the "bug/fuzzy thing" Identification Dap! I looked up clearwing hummingbird moth and that is exactly what I saw! I watched it for a long time. What an amazing species! It was darting from flower to flower in my menarda patch. I really thought it was a hummingbird at first, until I saw the antennae.
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They're all really great. Congrats!!!! I do have to admit I'm sorta blown away 1 of Bulu's wasps didn't place. I'm like soooooo in love with those wasps from post #42!!!
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