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3 June 2013

Monday macrobug: the 17-year periodical cicada

Brood II. We gots ’em. The noise is so cool….

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27 May 2013

Monday macrobug: a purple beetle

Found this fellow while weed-whacking thistles last week… A lovely iridescent purple – the photos don’t really capture it.

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20 May 2013

Monday macrobug: A golden weevil

Spring is back in the Fort Valley, and that means many serendipitous bug encounters. I think it’s safe to say that the Monday Macrobug is back as a regular feature on Mountain Beltway for the foreseeable future! Today, I give you…. a weevil! You’re welcome.

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13 May 2013

Monday macrobug: Flight of the termites

Termites can fly. But not all termites. Around here, the only flying termites are the reproductives – the fertile males and females that a termites colony produces periodically. It seems to be associated with the advent of spring. I spotted this group a couple of weeks ago, when I noticed the sunlight catching in their diaphanous wings. They hatch, emerge en masse, and take to the air, seeking a partner …

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22 April 2013

Monday macrobug: Carpenter bee

These guys are the bane of my existence lately. Now that the ladybugs are gone, we’ve got a dozen carpenter bees orbiting the house, seeking an opportunity to drill holes in it. Here’s one after an encounter with a tennis racket I keep on the porch expressly for the purpose of controlling their population: Look at those amazing eyes! Ventral view, rotated to make it look like he’s flying above …

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15 April 2013

Monday macrobug: Twilight of the ladybug infestation

Spring has arrived in the Fort Valley. We went from snow and sub-freezing nights to two 80°F+ days in a row, and then throttled back to normal springtime temperatures. The pulse of heat brought about a big release of ladybugs from our walls, and at times it was as apocalyptic a scene as it was back in October and November when they swarmed all over the house, looking for a …

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25 February 2013

Monday macrobug: Hercules

Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. Dessicated sample, collected at the 7-11 on the corner of route 55 and route 522 north of Front Royal, Virginia. Collected by one of my wife’s students (she’s a science teacher). I like the shadow of the horns in this one: Monday macrobug is officially on winter hiatus. We’ll resume when the weather warms up and the creepy-crawlies come scuttling back out.

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31 January 2013

Industrious iridescent blue wasps

A friend of the family sent me these photos from coastal Ecuador, where these fast-working wasps rapidly constructed a nest. Photo #1 is from Tuesday morning, and photo #2 is on the afternoon of the same day!

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21 January 2013

Monday macrobug: ladybug infestation

October 2012 was a bumper month for macrobugs here at Bentley Farm. But… none more so than the ladybugs: One of the downsides to living way out in the sticks is that we have to deal with a lot of insects. Mostly, I relish this interaction, as the “Monday Macrobug” series attests. But the gnats, the ticks, the black widow spiders – they’re collectively a bit of a bummer. Add …

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14 January 2013

Monday macrobug: Orange wasp

Saw this one on the Neoacadian Inner Piedmont field trip before GSA in the fall… I guess it’s something of a break from tradition to show you a bug from any place other than my yard, but this one’s pretty enough to justify the excursion… Yes, that’s the Walker Top Granite that it’s resting on.

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