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Found this giant bush katydid (probably Northern Bush Katydid, Scudderia septentrionalis) on my garage door the other night. There must be a ton of these out in the woods, based on the chorus of chirps we’re hearing every night.

Found this giant bush katydid (probably Northern Bush Katydid, Scudderia septentrionalis) on my garage door the other night. There must be a ton of these out in the woods, based on the chorus of chirps we’re hearing every night.

A big, beautiful White Underwing (Catocala relicta) at the black light last night. The color is variable on this species - I’m lucky I got one that was so white :-).

I scared this Lesser Vagabond Sod Webworm (Agriphila ruricolella) out of the weeds at the edge of my yard.

I scared this Lesser Vagabond Sod Webworm (Agriphila ruricolella) out of the weeds at the edge of my yard.

An eastern treehole mosquito (Ochlerotatus triseriatus) from samples collected by the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project. As the common name suggests, this species does breed in holes in trees, but will also breed in tires and other artificial containers containing water.

An eastern treehole mosquito (Ochlerotatus triseriatus) from samples collected by the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project. As the common name suggests, this species does breed in holes in trees, but will also breed in tires and other artificial containers containing water.

Found this Streaked Tussock Moth (Dasychira obliquata) on the side of a building at 2:30 this afternoon. Seemed perfectly happy to be sitting there in the shade by itself.

Found this Streaked Tussock Moth (Dasychira obliquata) on the side of a building at 2:30 this afternoon. Seemed perfectly happy to be sitting there in the shade by itself.

bug of the day turned 2 today!
Awwww, thx tumblr for the birthday wishes! :-)

bug of the day turned 2 today!


Awwww, thx tumblr for the birthday wishes! :-)

Came across these large milkweed bug nymphs (Oncopeltes fasciatus) last Friday, on the common milkweed in my yard. I haven’t found *any* monarch caterpillars this year, so at least something’s dining on the milkweed.

Came across these large milkweed bug nymphs (Oncopeltes fasciatus) last Friday, on the common milkweed in my yard. I haven’t found *any* monarch caterpillars this year, so at least something’s dining on the milkweed.

Whoa, just realized that I reached 1500 followers today! Here’s a bonus BotD, a lovely jewel beetle (Chrysobothris chlorocephala) for #1500, @drea-alfa-wolf !
P.S. - Those tick marks on the left are millimeters. This is a wee beetle!

Whoa, just realized that I reached 1500 followers today! Here’s a bonus BotD, a lovely jewel beetle (Chrysobothris chlorocephala) for #1500, @drea-alfa-wolf !

P.S. - Those tick marks on the left are millimeters. This is a wee beetle!

Found this young red-headed bush cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus) hiding out on one of my bucket traps. She’s quite fetching with those exaggerated palps, no?

Found this young red-headed bush cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus) hiding out on one of my bucket traps. She’s quite fetching with those exaggerated palps, no?

The other day I heard my dog barking, so I went to check on her and see what wildlife she was scoping out in the window. Instead, I found her staring at the wall. I turned around to leave her to her silliness but then I realized she’s a poodle, which means she’s wicked smaht. So I went back to check and sure enough, there was this beetle crawling up the bricks right where my dog was staring.

Turned out to be a scarab beetle, Osmoderma eremicola. I’ve been seeing a few folks post photos of these big beasties in their homes this summer - they must like to come indoors for some reason.