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9 December 2013

Monday macrobug: mantis on the window screen

After yesterday’s 4+ inches of snow, I doubt we’ll be seeing a praying mantis this big again for the better part of ten months…

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2 December 2013

Monday macrobug: tube spiders

Today, a few spiders that live in cylindrical webs of their own construction… Exhibit A, the grass spider, although this one’s not in the grass: Exhibit B, an unidentified spider on one of my exterior lights: Creepy! Crawly! Tubular!

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25 November 2013

Monday macrobug: Baxter spies a wheel bug

We were out on the deck the other day when Baxter spotted a wheel bug. He can say “bug” now, and this was such an occasion. The kid’s a chip off the ol’ block! He has a good eye for the bugs.

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18 November 2013

Monday macrobug: Crab spider

Good Monday to you! Here’s a crab spider, perched on a threaded screw that’s part of a baby gate on our porch: A closer look: I like crab spiders. As with jumping spiders, I don’t find them especially heebie-jeebie-inducing.

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11 November 2013

Monday macrobug: milkweed bugs on milkweed pods

Monarch butterflies aren’t the only insects that like visiting milkweed…

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4 November 2013

Monday macrobug: backstroking grub

The Monday macrobug is a juvenile beetle with an odd means of locomotion.

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28 October 2013

Monday macrobug: baby stinkbugs

Here’s a recently hatched clutch of stinkbug eggs seen in September on a houseplant that we let live out on the porch for several months: The cute little bugs there are juvenile brown marmorated stinkbugs.

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21 October 2013

Monday macrobug: a gorgeous pair of mating moths

I found one of these moths last week while moving some logs around out in the woods. It was a female (based on its antennae), and had a gorgeous color scheme of black and white with a wide yellow ^ on each of its wings, and lovely orange knees. I brought it back to the house to show my son, and then I put it on a low rock wall …

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7 October 2013

Monday macrobug: Female walking stick

Here’s a big plump female walking stick (“stick insect”) I saw last week… These bugs are all over the place right now. I frequently find them in flagrante delicto, with the smaller male mounted on the female’s back, and the tips of their abdomens pressed together.

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30 September 2013

Monday macrobug: dark fly

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