Sometimes you have to travel 100s of miles, spending days on planes, buses and boats to shoot your favorite subjects... and sometimes you don't.
Every year, in my front yard, the Buffalo Hopper nymphs emerge and it is still one of the highlights of my year.
Orange spotted assassin bug (Platymeris mombo) feeding on a red runner. These insects use that long proboscis (rostrum) to liquify the insides of their prey. I currently have 3 large specimens that all seem to enjoy just hanging out on a large piece of cork bark. Quite interesting insects I have noticed they are much more active at night but they will move around quite a bit during the day. #platymeris#platymerismombo #assassinbug#hemiptera#reduviidae#truebug#insect#insectsofinstagram #insectphotography
I was taking macro photos of the lichen on the honey locust tree in my front yard, when this little bug unexpectedly walked into my cameras field of view!
We often refer to all insects as bugs, but this specific bug is a true bug! Only insects belonging to the Order Hemiptera are true bugs, which are classified by having sucking mouthparts. Aphids, stink bugs, cicadas, and water striders are examples of common true bugs you may know! I’m not 100% sure, but I believe this true bug belongs to the Family Miridae also known as Plant Bugs.
Lantern Fly: Sold!
The upper side of the hindwings are red in colour, with many black spots and two large black marking at the apex.
* Penthicodes atomaria
* Wingspan 4cm
* Grade A1
* Frame 18cm / 18cm
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You may not see them in the woods, but they definitely see you. They aren't walking sticks or praying mantises, though they have qualities of both. These are actually a kind of assassin bug called a thread-legged bug (I'm pretty sure the species is Emesaya brevipennis). They have raptorial claws for snatching prey like a praying mantis, followed by a proboscis which they use to stab, liquify and drain the innards of their victims. Their diet consists of all sorts of small flying insects and occasionally their own kind. They'll also steal kills from spider webs if they get the chance, and even eat the spider that made them.