Monthly Archives: June 2011

Random Insect: Another common midge

In late April I wrote about a few common midges (Diptera:  Chironomidae) that I found here in southeast Michigan.  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed different midges in the genus Axarus.  All of the midges in these photos … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect-Arachnid Interaction: Flower crab spider waiting for a meal on a roughleaf dogwood

I often come across crab spiders (family Thomisidae) whenever I’m looking at flowers, and I’ve written about them twice before.  Last fall I found one waiting for prey on a daisy fleabane, and last month I found one that had … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Roughleaf dogwood

Judging by the literature I’ve read on Michigan flora, it seems that the most common dogwoods (Cornus sp., Cornaceae) in this area are supposed to be flowering dogwood (C. florida) and redosier dogwood (C. sericea).  In the areas I most … Continue reading

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Ants…On The March

Last week I came across hundreds (if not thousands) of tiny worker ants (Hymenoptera:  Formicidae) foraging for food.  They were particularly dense in an area of about four square feet, although they trailed off in lesser numbers in several directions.  … Continue reading

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Insect-Insect Interaction: Carpenter ant collecting a dead mayfly

The other day it was hard to miss this large carpenter ant (Camponotus sp., Formicidae) wrestling with an even larger mayfly corpse (order Ephemeroptera).  I came across this scene in a wooded area above the River Raisin in southeast Michigan.

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Soldier beetles on a roughleaf dogwood

Adult soldier beetles (family Cantharidae) are usually found on flowers, and these individuals were no exception (Triplehorn and Johnson 2005).  I noticed a number of them crawling around on a roughleaf dogwood (Cornus drummondii, Cornaceae), feeding on nectar and pollen.  … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Treehopper nymphs on a black walnut

The other day I found a ton of these treehopper nymphs (family Membracidae) feeding on a black walnut tree (Juglans nigra, Junglandaceae).  They seem consistent with nymphs of the genus Enchenopa. These young bugs were congregating mostly around the leaf … Continue reading

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