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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Just hanging out by the backsteps. Bigun':

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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    Katydid!

    Fun to catch, but bitey.

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  • JedocJedoc Once to start a new life and once just to start a fireRegistered User regular
    Important science information:

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Katydid!

    Fun to catch, but bitey.

    Bitey? Huh, did not realize that.
    The one that I caught inside seemed pretty chill while I was carrying it outside.

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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Katydid!

    Fun to catch, but bitey.

    Bitey? Huh, did not realize that.
    The one that I caught inside seemed pretty chill while I was carrying it outside.

    It's been a while since I've sufficiently offended either, but, anectdotally, I'd put the intensity and proclivity a little higher than a preying mantis getting pinchy? They're not aggressive*, but they're capable of letting you know when they're done being manhandled by some kind of ambulatory flesh mountain.

    *Unless you are in Madagascar?

    https://www.newsweek.com/new-species-katydids-are-aggressive-and-have-big-biceps-702115

  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    Katydids are one of the best bugs

    Hanging out in the butterfly garden again, but it's now a moth garden? One of them (the 3rd and 4th picture) appeared to have a set of wings inside a set of wings.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/DkzIByE

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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    edited September 2019
    Veevee wrote: »
    Katydids are one of the best bugs

    Hanging out in the butterfly garden again, but it's now a moth garden? One of them (the 3rd and 4th picture) appeared to have a set of wings inside a set of wings.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/DkzIByE
    Is the second one camouflaged such that it appears to be smaller, less appealing moth?

    "Nah, I want one of really juicy ones look like bark" *keeps flying*

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    edited September 2019
    A friend of mine found a new friend and asked me if I could help out identifying it.

    Well, specifically he asked me if YOU ALL could help, because let's be real he knows

    [EDIT] Wow that image is too big. hopefully i fixed it

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    I didn't but here's a smaller one
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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Looks like a box elder bug but with a stealthy paint job.

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  • JedocJedoc Once to start a new life and once just to start a fireRegistered User regular
    Leaf-footed bug. They're pretty chill. They don't bite, and unless you've got a godawful swarm they don't drink enough plant juice to hurt anything.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    edited September 2019
    I'm 100% sure that it's a genus of leaf footed bugs called Leptoglossus (a lot of the species in that genus have that wide band across the back) and the shape of the rear legs as well as the two spots on the pronotum leads me to believe that it's a Leptoglossus zonatus, aka one of the leptoglossus species referred to as the Western leaffooted bug.
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    They're common around Texas, but you can find them in every state along the mexican border.

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  • EnigmedicEnigmedic Registered User regular
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    Hopefully this uploaded right from my phone. My dog saw this thing just walking in the entryway. It was like 1-2 inches long. Black head mostly orange everything else. Im in oklahoma. Just curious what it is. There are lots of weird bugs around my house, but this was the only one that cooperated with pictures/i remembered to take a pic.

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  • JedocJedoc Once to start a new life and once just to start a fireRegistered User regular
    Greetings, fellow Okie! That looks like a flower longhorn beetle.

    Happily, while you often find them in your flower beds, they are not harmful to plants. The adults are inefficient yet enthusiastic pollinators, and the larvae feed on decaying wood without attacking healthy trees.

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  • EnigmedicEnigmedic Registered User regular
    Well i dont feel bad for putting it outside instead of squishing it. And my dog didnt eat it.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Greetings, fellow Okie! That looks like a flower longhorn beetle.

    Happily, while you often find them in your flower beds, they are not harmful to plants. The adults are inefficient yet enthusiastic pollinators, and the larvae feed on decaying wood without attacking healthy trees.

    I don't think it's a flower longhorn beetle. The flower longhorn beetles have a narrow pronotum (neck-shield) and usually elytra that are widest at the front and then narrowing towards the back (giving it an elongated heartshape).

    This longhorn has a pronotum nearly as wide as its thorax and a straight body that doesn't narrow but instead comes to a blunt end.

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  • 38thDoe38thDoe lets never be stupid again wait lets always be stupid foreverRegistered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Katydid!

    Fun to catch, but bitey.

    Bitey? Huh, did not realize that.
    The one that I caught inside seemed pretty chill while I was carrying it outside.

    It's been a while since I've sufficiently offended either, but, anectdotally, I'd put the intensity and proclivity a little higher than a preying mantis getting pinchy? They're not aggressive*, but they're capable of letting you know when they're done being manhandled by some kind of ambulatory flesh mountain.

    *Unless you are in Madagascar?

    https://www.newsweek.com/new-species-katydids-are-aggressive-and-have-big-biceps-702115

    I've never picked up a preying mantis, but I've held katydids many times and never had one bite me. I wonder if its limited to some species?

  • FryFry Registered User regular
    Not having any sense of scale to that picture, my brain said "firefly". But yeah, at 1-2 inches long, that would be a big honkin' firefly.

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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    38thDoe wrote: »
    see317 wrote: »
    Katydid!

    Fun to catch, but bitey.

    Bitey? Huh, did not realize that.
    The one that I caught inside seemed pretty chill while I was carrying it outside.

    It's been a while since I've sufficiently offended either, but, anectdotally, I'd put the intensity and proclivity a little higher than a preying mantis getting pinchy? They're not aggressive*, but they're capable of letting you know when they're done being manhandled by some kind of ambulatory flesh mountain.

    *Unless you are in Madagascar?

    https://www.newsweek.com/new-species-katydids-are-aggressive-and-have-big-biceps-702115

    I've never picked up a preying mantis, but I've held katydids many times and never had one bite me. I wonder if its limited to some species?

    Could be, but I was at most 8 years old the last time, so it may have been more to with my excited little hands than it's natural temperment.

    For example, being pinched by a mantis probably requires one to repeatedly poke one's fingers into their pincers; as one does when one finds a wild animal with pincers.

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar Audio Game Developer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    As long as you are polite a mantis is usually happy to treat you like a warm tree and you can generally just help them over to a good hunting spot.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    As long as you are polite a mantis is usually happy to treat you like a warm tree and you can generally just help them over to a good hunting spot.

    Yeah, while out on a Cub Scout hike we came across one ~6 inches long that was pretty happy to just hang out on someone's hiking stick while everyone got a great look at the cool monster bug.

    Mantises rock.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    Mantises can pretty much be summed up as "Be Polite, Be Efficient, Have a Plan to kill everyone you meet".
    Note that american and european mantises won't attack you unless severely provoked, but some asian mantises are big enough that they think they can scare you off if they're aggressive enough and will be more easily antagonized.
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  • FryFry Registered User regular
    During the summer, I was hanging out enjoying my friend's garden, when I spotted a mantis on a bush. Then a few minutes later, I spotted another on the same bush. And another. And another. Wonder if they were having a Battle Royale or what.

  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    ssshhh you don't talk about fight club

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  • TasteticleTasteticle Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    Can one of you fine folks help me identify what this guy is:

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    I found a handful of them hanging out in a gnarly looking blue bin out in a garage - some kind of roach maybe? It was only things that looked like this - some might have been fuzzy. They were small and my eyes suck.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    Woodlouse of some flavor

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    I have a bug centric question.

    This tree/bush/whatever is always loaded with bees every time I see it.

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    I'd have gotten closer but frankly, bees terrify me ever since I was swarmed by them. They just constantly fly around and on its leaves.

  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    They probably have a nest hidden in there.

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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    Quid wrote: »
    I have a bug centric question.

    This tree/bush/whatever is always loaded with bees every time I see it.

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    I'd have gotten closer but frankly, bees terrify me ever since I was swarmed by them. They just constantly fly around and on its leaves.

    I don't see any bees in that picture, but, judging by its discolored leaves, that Ilex boggart may be in survival mode.

    They're in the holly family, but rather than producing toxic berries like their cousins, they ward off potential predators by emitting a psychoactive chemical that, when inhaled, causes fear in most mammals.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    So the bees might just be in Quid's mind? Goddamn Scarecrow and Poison Ivy teamup right there.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    I now want a ring of supervillain bushes around my yard to scare off people without them even knowing why.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

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  • FryFry Registered User regular
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

    Yeah, when I googled I just got some Harry Potter fanfic. Might have to take this over to the Plant Identification Thread.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Fry wrote: »
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

    Yeah, when I googled I just got some Harry Potter fanfic. Might have to take this over to the Plant Identification Thread.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a joke.
    I'm guessing if someone were to discover a plant that could exude fear inducing inhalants and then named it after Harry Potter, there would be considerable amount of information out there. Like, just between the Harry Potter, Plant and Science threads on these forums...

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Fry wrote: »
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

    Yeah, when I googled I just got some Harry Potter fanfic. Might have to take this over to the Plant Identification Thread.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a joke.
    I'm guessing if someone were to discover a plant that could exude fear inducing inhalants and then named it after Harry Potter, there would be considerable amount of information out there. Like, just between the Harry Potter, Plant and Science threads on these forums...

    Yes, sorry, I thought that was apparent enough to not include a more obvious wink, but I guess nature is pretty crazy at times.

    Just not mind-bees-crazy.

  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Fry wrote: »
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

    Yeah, when I googled I just got some Harry Potter fanfic. Might have to take this over to the Plant Identification Thread.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a joke.
    I'm guessing if someone were to discover a plant that could exude fear inducing inhalants and then named it after Harry Potter, there would be considerable amount of information out there. Like, just between the Harry Potter, Plant and Science threads on these forums...

    Yes, sorry, I thought that was apparent enough to not include a more obvious wink, but I guess nature is pretty crazy at times.

    Just not mind-bees-crazy.

    Well, until YOU gave them the idea, I'm sure they'll have it down in a few more months, thanks for giving nature ideas Arb!

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  • 38thDoe38thDoe lets never be stupid again wait lets always be stupid foreverRegistered User regular
    We have a plant identification thread?

  • mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Fry wrote: »
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm trying to find a source for that fact? And that species doesn't exist?

    Yeah, when I googled I just got some Harry Potter fanfic. Might have to take this over to the Plant Identification Thread.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was a joke.
    I'm guessing if someone were to discover a plant that could exude fear inducing inhalants and then named it after Harry Potter, there would be considerable amount of information out there. Like, just between the Harry Potter, Plant and Science threads on these forums...

    Yes, sorry, I thought that was apparent enough to not include a more obvious wink, but I guess nature is pretty crazy at times.

    Just not mind-bees-crazy.

    nature is just crazy enough that would be believable

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    38thDoe wrote: »
    We have a plant identification thread?

    @38thDoe No, it's much less frequently requested. You can make a separate thread for your question though.

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  • ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    Veevee wrote: »
    Katydids are one of the best bugs

    Hanging out in the butterfly garden again, but it's now a moth garden? One of them (the 3rd and 4th picture) appeared to have a set of wings inside a set of wings.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/DkzIByE

    Okay so good news- two of those are butterflies!

    The first one is probably the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) in the family Nymphalidae.

    The second is actually a moth, probably in the family Noctuidae (but I'm bad at moths), and maybe a Corn Earworm (Helicopvera zea) but don't quote me on that. I'm pretty sure of the Family, though

    The last two pictures are of a Skipper, in the family Hesperiidae, which are technically also butterflies. I am horrible at skippers, but they are really easy to get to Family level, since their antenna have little "hooks" on the edges. You can see this in the third picture you uploaded!

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