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Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Zummorr » April 14th, 2016, 12:33 am

Copy pasta'd from my posts on the talkhaus It's time for insect lectures!

There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J.B.S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.” -Excerpt from the American Naturalist 1959 regarding J.B.S Haldane population genetics scientist

Insects or Hexapoda, those generally winged, armored, little things, They are responsible for carrying our crops, our plague's, and for that universally chilling fear of tiny legs tingling across your skin.
Well it turns out that insects are the most diverse,most numerous and often, most misunderstood animals in the animal kingdom.
Since I am a hobbyist, and an official naturalist, I would like to share what I know using pictures taken on my many hikes.

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This first insect is a California Ringlet Butterfly Image
Ain't it fuzzy? This fellow was found in house and home on the sliding glass door.

Moth's and Butterflies (it's a little more complicated than that) are both part of the same order of insects, Lepidoptera. But there are ways to distinguish between the two.
The easiest way to distinguish between a moth and butterfly is to look at the antennae, only butterflies have clubbed antennae like this butterfly here. Moth's have much more variety in their antennae and their antennae are very rarely clubbed.
If I were fiercely categorizing an insect, like one would in class, I'd have to closely examine the wing veination that you see here. I'd have to count the number of veins and where they first or part, it's quite a bother really, color and size are usually not really significant in terms of classifying insects, it's the weird small details like number of joints near the end of it's legs which are important.

You might notice that the butterfly's eye is rather peculiar as it looks like it has an eyespot, a black portion on it's eye that looks similar to a pupil. This is literally a trick of the light. Compound eyes, like the ones this butterfly has are composed of arrangements of ommatidia. the best way to think of an insect eye is that it is shaped like a colander or golf ball, it's a round eye that has many small holes that are each focused in a different direction.
When a picture is taken the unfocused portions of the eye reflect light while the focused portion (The portions of the eye that are looking at the camera) are deep and don't reflect any light back.
For comparison on how this insect "Psuedopupil" works here is a grass hopper's eye taken at different angles.Image
and when we turn it around, he is still looking at the camera
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It's surprising how prickly looking a grass hopper is.

Tomorrow I will talk about Bees, look at this! a "Bee" eating a bee! Image
If you have any questions about what I talked about here or insects in general, I'll do my best to answer them.

Spoilers tomorrow I actually talk about flies!

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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby EarthPhantomTS » April 18th, 2016, 2:21 am

Zummorr wrote:Tomorrow I will talk about Bees, look at this! a "Bee" eating a bee! Image
If you have any questions about what I talked about here or insects in general, I'll do my best to answer them.

Spoilers tomorrow I actually talk about flies!


I've got a question: why did you put "Bee" in quotes there? Is that because the insect doing the eating is not actually a bee, but something else that's commonly mistaken for bees?
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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Zummorr » April 20th, 2016, 12:11 am

The quotation marks are there over "bee" because the coloration of the Robber fly is similar to a bee and one might mistake it for a bee. It's actually a predatory robber fly of the genus Mallophora. Mallophora means wool-bearing in latin, and the common name for these insects is Bee Killers.

My apologies for not updating this nor the talkhaus's I got lazy, then one my cats passed away.

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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium Weevil?! is that pokemon?

Postby Zummorr » May 21st, 2016, 10:51 pm

Oh man, it's time for a beetle, specifically a Weevil! (Curculionidae) These guys are commonly found grazing on plants and are characterized by their long snouts called rostrums. Not all weevil families have snouts but weevils are the only beetles that do have snouts. Sometimes they are called Snout beetles, they are not to be confused with Hemipterans(true bugs) who have long beaks.

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Curiously, Pikmin Dweevils and Pokemon Weavile bear little resemblance to these beetles. Atleast these beetles won't throw your legendary cards off a cruise ship.

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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Alice » May 22nd, 2016, 12:15 am

Weevils are gross. They're not technically insects but spiders are the best bugs.
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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Zummorr » May 23rd, 2016, 3:19 am

Spiders are alright. I just don't trust spiders in hand. ImageImage
I don't know spider families that well so I don't go usually go into them much. This spider was found under a rock.

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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Alice » May 23rd, 2016, 4:48 am

Looks like some sort of wolf spider.
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Re: Zummorr's Insect Emporium

Postby Zummorr » May 23rd, 2016, 5:38 am

Most likely a wolf spider. Even though this picture is kinda blurry for my standards. the eyes are quite prominent.


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