Monthly Archives: June 2012

Random Insect: Margined leatherwing soldier beetle

The other day at Side Cut Metropark near Maumee, Ohio, I found this margined leatherwing soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Chauliognathus marginatus) crawling around on a flower. Adults are often found on flowers because most eat nectar and pollen. The larvae, in contrast, … Continue reading

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Insect Love: Narrow-winged damselflies

Twice in the past week I’ve seen hordes of narrow-winged damselflies (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) engaged in mating along nearby waterways. On Sunday there were many along Mill Lake at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan. Then yesterday I saw even … Continue reading

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Ever since I was a kid I was never afraid to eat unusual things. I remember working in the fields on my parents’ farm and randomly shoving weed leaves in my mouth. Unsurprisingly I discovered most plants weren’t fit to … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Squawroot/American cancer-root

At first glance the organism above may resemble some type of fungus.  It’s actually a parasitic plant known as squawroot or American cancer-root (Conopholis americana, Orobanchaceae). Most plants are autotrophic and make their own food through the use of chlorophyll and … Continue reading

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Curious White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus, Cervidae) live throughout most of North America, and they’re definitely common here in southeast Michigan and in northwest Ohio. Every time my wife and I hike at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark west of Toledo, Ohio we see … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Imperial moth

When I left for work the other morning I noticed this big imperial moth (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Eacles imperialis) outside my door. It’s not unusual to see large saturniids on houses in the morning twilight. They’re often attracted to porch lights at … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Colorado potato beetle larvae feeding on potatoes

While visiting my dad for Father’s Day, he mentioned he saw some Colorado potato beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Leptinotarsa decemlineata) feeding on his cultivated potato plants (Solanum tuberosum, Solanaceae). We headed out to look for some and found quite a few larvae. The plants had … Continue reading

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