Category Archives: Insect Love

Insect Love: Tiger crane flies

The other day I came across this pair of tiger crane flies (Diptera: Tipulidae: Nephrotoma sp.) mating on my lawn. Although crane flies superficially resemble large, scary mosquitoes they do not bite. Most don’t even eat. Adults typically live just … Continue reading

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Insect Love: European snout beetles

After emerging from winter and their pupal cases as adults, european snout beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Phyllobius oblongus) waste no time getting to work on the next generation. In the spring they mate and feed on the foliage of sugar maples and … Continue reading

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Insect Love: Large milkweed bugs and nymphs

The birds, the bees, and the large milkweed bugs (Hemiptera:  Lygaeidae:  Oncopeltus fasciatus): First this: Then this:

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Eastern cicada killer mating swarm

Here’s a video of eastern cicada killers (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae: Sphecius speciosus) mating. Their activity attracted my attention, so I put myself in the middle of the mating swarm with hundreds of these buzzing around. Considering that they’re one of North … Continue reading

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Insect Love: Banded longhorn beetles

In the dense foliage of summer it can be difficult to get through the ground cover of floodplain forests here in southeast Michigan. While out along the River Raisin last week, I found a dry creek bed that offered some … Continue reading

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Broad-winged damselflies mating

The other day I recorded these broad-winged damselflies (Odonata: Calopterygidae) mating along the River Raisin near Blissfield in southeast Michigan. When mating, a damselfly male grasps a female behind the head with clasps on the end of his abdomen. The … Continue reading

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Insect Love: Horned squash bugs

As with much of the country, it’s been rather hot and dry here in southeast Michigan.  The nearby River Raisin has been very low, so the other day I took advantage of the empty, exposed banks to hike along the … Continue reading

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