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I went out on my porch to take pics of my artwork and found this little guy crawling happily along the porch railing. Knowing my daughter would love to see such a furry little thing, I put him gently on a leaf and carried him inside. I noticed he looked very grub-like beneath his fur, so I put him on a transparent lid and took some pics from both sides. Curious, I looked him up online and found out he is the most venomous caterpillar in America! If I’d have been more aggressive with him, even petting him, the spines buried in his fur might have injected enough poison into me to cause me pain that has been likened to a broken bone, even worse than a scorpion or jellyfish sting! Check out the links below, and be sure to warn the kids around you to NOT pet this furry little dude!!

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iNaturalist   |   Featured Creatures
BugGuide   |   Daily Mail
National Geographic

The Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens, is a very common and easily identifiable species of damselfly in the UK and adjacent parts of Eurasia, with a range extending all the way to northern China. The video below shows the process of mating and egg laying, while the links below the video will give you much more information about this intriguing species. Check out how the mating couple form the shape of a heart!

Encyclopedia of Life (lots of pics!)
First Nature
ARKive
Nature Spot

Banded Demoiselle Mating

Two days in a row, when I went to my mailbox there was a Zelus nymph — a young assassin bug — on the handle. Each time, I gently lowered the door on the box, trying not to disturb the unique creature that graced my front yard. Each day, it was a different species, too! One day it was the red one shown below, Zelus longipes. The other day it was a smaller, little green guy, Zelus luridus. While some say they look like their adult forms (due to incomplete metamorphosis), I could not find these nymphs in any of my insect books because there is no ADULT insect that has this body shape. My research began by googling “skinny bug”! 😀

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American Insects: Zelus longipesZelus luridus
Reduviidae: Assassin Bugs (Austin Bug Collection)
Bug Eric blog — Nature at Close Range blog
Arthropods of Maine (blog page on Z. luridus)
Featured Creatures: Zelus longipes
Beneficials in the Garden (mostly on Zelus longipes)

Step inside a working ant production line when BBC films an entire colony of leaf-cutter ants from South America brought indoors in this remarkable project! This 89-minute documentary film is available for FREE on YouTube.

The Pine White Butterfly, Neophasia menapia, is the only white species that features its unique black banding on the outside edge of its upper wings. The lower wings also feature black highlights on the wing veins — but only on the underside! So when you look at it from above, with its wings stretched out, it looks mostly white with black only along the outsides of the upper wings. Yet when it is at rest, with its wings closed, it morphs into a black-and-white beauty! 😀

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Learn more about this unique butterfly species:
Encyclopedia of Life
Art Shapiro’s Butterfly Site
Butterflies & Moths of N Amer
Butterflies of America
Butterflies of Canada
Raising Butterflies

If they COULD read, dragonflies would do it almost 4 times as fast as we can! Their reaction time is so fast, they can fly out to catch something they see before we would even register any sight. Watch the short video below to learn more about the dragonfly’s super sense.

Dragonflies Speed Read?!

Each video in the Eyewitness natural history series is roughly a half-hour long and describes one facet of the natural world such as birds, volcanoes, elephants, or the seashore. The link below is a 28-minute video from the Eyewitness Official Channel on YouTube, this one being on Insects. Click the link below the video to visit the Eyewitness Channel list of videos.

Eyewitness Offical YouTube Channel videos

This unique Superfamily of insects, the Cercopoidea, has nymphs that encase themselves in what looks like spit (= spittlebugs) in order to protect them from heat and cold as well as from predators and parasites. The young insects use plant juices to make their own acrid concoctions. As adults, these insects can hop many times their length, thus gaining them the alternative name, Froghoppers. Click the links below the pic for more pics and info on these resourceful bugs!

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iNaturalist: Spittlebugs
The Bug Guide
Encyclopedia of Life

David Attenborough narrates this fun little video clip featuring a brightly colored newly emerged “Kung Fu Mantis” facing down a hungry jumping spider. Fun, fun! 😀

Kung Fu Mantis video

Some insects secrete chemicals that force their host plants to protect them!

The Gall Makers

Did you know that only adult female flies are pesky? The males do nothing annoying, they just sip nectar and reproduce.

And of the 1550+ species of true flies (order Diptera), only about 40 species “bug” us humans at all!

Insect Order: Diptera

The world’s deepest living land animal is the cave-dwelling Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, a type of springtail.

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Find out more!
Sci-News.com
Short Sharp Science
LiveScience.com

The Dracula Ant (Adetomyrma venatrix) is blind, AND it drinks the “blood” of its young!

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More on this species:
Arkive
Mad Mike’s America
Encyclopedia of Life

How Do Cicadas Make Noise?
Click the pic to find out!

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More on Cicada Mania!

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Need a gift for a kid who loves bugs?
Explore CicadaMania.com for info and treasures!

Periodic Cicada Video

Snow Fleas are not fleas at all but useful tiny springtails!

Find out more!
FCPS: Snow Fleas
WIRED: Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas!