It’s finally nice enough that I can go tromping about in the woods again!
I’m fairly sure that this little fellow is a patent-leather beetle, Odontotaenius disjunctus. It’s in the family Passalidae. They grow to an inch and a half long and have a single tiny horn on their heads. They also “squeak” when disturbed by rubbing their wings against their abdomen. This fellow (and three others) were all 1.5” adults found under a large rotting log.
These beetles also tend to have mites, which I am told are not always harmful. It isn’t often that I say “cool” while also gagging a bit and taking pictures, but here we are.
1: Igor Siwanowicz. 2: Nordin Seruyan. 3: Wil Mijer. 4-5: David Chambon
From Go ahead, BUG me
A cicada (Carineta diardi) emerging from it’s nymph shell into adulthood. More colorful than most of the cicadas, but after drying up the exoskeleton it will darken, and the wings becomes dark green instead of bright blue. From the atlantic forest in Brazil.
- João Burini (flickr)
Child labor in Green Tree Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)!
Only the larvae produce silk, so how is the process of leaf gluing achieved? In fact, the adults carry larvae in their jaws and squeeze them gently so that the larvae secrete a drop of silk on one end of the leaf edges. The ants then carry the larvae along the entire length of the leaf edges, squeezing as they go, using the larvae like living bottles of glue, until the edges of the leaves are stuck together from end to end…
Read more: Encyclopedia of Life
Photo: Ria Tan via flickr
Mad Hatter’s Leaf Party
"Witch’s Hat" Bagworm Moth (Psychidae) Larva
Safe within its intricately constructed home of dry leaf fragments and silk, the bagworm caterpillar grazes on the leaf surface leaving bald patches and a trail of frass.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..