Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Just a Few More Insect Creatures

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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 14, 2016 3:30 PM CST
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Some type of shield bug. I just ordered a Peterson's Field Guide to Beetles to be able to better ID this things in the future
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An hour later she found a friend.
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Just a firefly, but they are on the decline too.
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The indigo color of the little wasp's wings is natural, no filters or anything used, just an iPhone 5
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I'm not sure what this beetle is either, but it is a male because they have the feathery antennae used as a sense organ to better pick up the pheromones from a female.
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I cut some mint to make a Lancaster County favorite- meadow tea and found this little Looper/Inch Worm on the leaves. I put it back right away. Caterpillars are an essential food for our songbirds. One pair of chickadees will need 350 to 570 caterpillars every day while they are feeding their young!
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Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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molanic
Jul 14, 2016 4:29 PM CST
nativeplantlover said:Thumb of 2016-07-14/nativeplantlover/7e3fb7
Some type of shield bug. I just ordered a Peterson's Field Guide to Beetles to be able to better ID this things in the future


Nice pics! I've seen the one above, it's a Twice-Stabbed Stink Bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana). If you don't already have it the "Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America" is a good one too that covers many of the common species of all types of insects. I can usually find something similar enough in there that it points me in the right direction for a more in depth search online. The Peterson's guides are really good too. I have the ones for birds and moths. I think both the Kaufman and the Peterson guides usually use the drawings or enhanced photographs that really highlight the markings to look for better than regular photographs to me.
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Jul 15, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Thank you, thank you, for both the ID and the tip about Kaufman Guides. I don't own that one so now it's on my Amazon or eBay wish list. I had a pic of a Twice Stabbed Lady Bug but it was too out of focus and not so thrilling to see. Who thinks up these common names for insects I have to wonder?
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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