Thursday, January 24, 2013

I speak for the fleas

AISM Chrysomelid beetle

I speak for the fleas


Valentines ants (Crematogaster) meet pitted ant(Catalaucus)

This was taken on our Acacia xanthophloea tree. The fever tree.

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Small grey moth eyeball.

One of those random insects found dead on the floor. Thanks to Molly Rathbone.

I speak for the fleas.

AISM thrip infestation. Gynaikothrips ficorum

Thrip infestation at AISM.

Weird creatures.
Immature thrips cause the leaves to curl inward or fold into a pocket in which the thrips develop and in which they lay eggs. Heavily infested leaves eventually become tough and brown or yellow, dropping from the plant prematurely. The Cuban laurel thrips can also bite (more like scratch with their mouthparts) people. 

The Cuban Laurel Thrip

The Cuban laurel thrips is a pantropical species that occurs wherever Ficus retusa is planted.The egg is cylindrical with rounded ends, smooth, and translucent white. 

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Underside of a rhino beetle.

Rhino beetle: Dynastinae.

 The larvae feed on rotten wood and the adults feed on nectar, plant sap and fruit.Note the lamelate or leaf like antennae.

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A male Camponotus ant.

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Brentidae from below.


These are also known as straight snouted weevils and they eat wood. Oops time to check out the furnishings in my classroom. Note the antennae are not elbowed.

Ampulex:The cockroach hunter.

These wasps help to keep your home free from cockroaches.

Ampulex sp: The cockroach wasp.

These cockroach hunters are able to subdue their host cockroaches by an extremely accurate sting into a ganglion. This makes the cockroach submit to being led away by an antenna and used as live food for the larva of the wasp. EEEEEWWWW.

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The golden wasp: dorsal view.

Love the twirly bits.

Face it head on. A large golden wasp.