Archive for June, 2011


Royal Red Butt

June 28, 2011

Sometimes you have to wonder about entomologists. Now, the scientific name for the Comet Darner is Anax longipes—long-legged anax (Anax is from the Greek—it means master or king). Okay, the… [Continued]

Red Milkweed Beetle, (Tetraopes tetraopthalmus)

Red Milkweed Beetle

June 24, 2011

The cardiac glycosides in milkweed are fairly potent toxins, and the insects that eat milkweed become, in turn, toxic. Such insects are often colored in bright red or orange to… [Continued]


Hackberry Emperor

June 14, 2011

There was a huge Hackberry tree (Celtis occidentalis) where I grew up. It had uneven leaves, knobbly warty bark, little hard berries, and usually some galls on the leaves. I am… [Continued]


New Beetle Pictures

June 10, 2011

I have just added a series of photos to the Beetles gallery. Mostly, they are tiger beetles, but there is also a very pleasing fungus beetle and a metallic wood… [Continued]

Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster maculata)


June 6, 2011

Actually, this is a note about dragonflies, but it starts with a fly, a stink fly, (Coenomyia ferruginea), as unlovely as a large fat fly can be. No, I’m not… [Continued]

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