Researching insects

Carrion beetleJuly 14, 2013.

Steve Lindell wrote to let me know he suspected that the first insect was not a carrion bug. He is right.

I looked at Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England to identify. Turns out the bug, on Shasta daisy,  is a large milkweed bug. The camouflage has striking colors of red and black, indicating that it might be a predator and for other insects and birds to stay away. 

mysterymoth

If you know the names Latin and common, please respond. Citizen scientists need assistance from professional entomologists, biologists and other citizen scientists. I will be happy to share credit with those who help me identify species.

Making progress. Moths  identified by Tonya Treichel Albers. We became friend on Facebook. Tonya located the moth at http://BugGuide.Net

Photo on right has been identified by Tonya Treichel Albers. She suggested moth as Friendly Probole Moth – Probole amicaria

I am thrilled to have her assistance in identifying the two mystery moth species. Thank you Tonya.

help identify please

help identify please

Xanthotype urticaria (Geometridae) is last moth photo identified by Tonya Treichel Albers. the common name for this moth is false crocus geometer.

Thank you,

Mary Ellen Ryall

butterflywomanpublishing@gmail.com

My Books: My Name is Butterfly, The Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book available at Amazon

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4 thoughts on “Researching insects

  1. Doesn’t look like a giant carrion beetle. I am watching a pair chew up a chipmunk as I type and they look quite different. Can’t help with the beetle you do have there, though. Keep looking, and good luck!

  2. Hi Steve,

    Thank you. You are right it is not a carrion bug. The bug is large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus). Isn’t it wonderful how citizen scientists from all over the country can report species identification? I love it. Thank you for adding to the collective knowledge base.

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