Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Don't Kill That Bug - Recent Photos of Bugs That Matter

Regal jumping spider:  Prolific breeder and predator of yard and garden caterpillars.  Does bite, does hurt.
Horseshoe crab: more of a spider than a crab.  Their blood is critical for medical research, including emergency
medical tests.  Their eggs are the sole source of spring food for some species of migrating birds. 
Black and yellow mud dauber:  predator of spiders, including the Black Widow. 

Either a Long-Horned Bee or a Hairy Bee.  I really need to catch one to make a positive ID.
Both are native pollinators
who work far faster and more efficiently than the introduced honeybee. 
Spider Hunting Wasp.  Well, the name pretty much explains its value.  This one has decided that soldierfly maggots
are easier than spiders to catch and eat.
Metallic/Sweat Bees.  My first introduction to them was being molested by them during a two-day survey project
on the shores of Lake Ontario.  Sweat bees are attracted to human sweat, and will land on you to drink it.  If you don't smack them, they fly away.  If you smack them, they sting you before they die.  When they're not tempting death by smacking, they are busy being very productive pollinators in the late summer (hello tomatoes and peppers). 
Leaf cutter bees (damage shown):  these bees cut up some tender landscaping plants to feed their
young, but repay humanity by being the #1 pollinator of the world's #1 forage crop - alfalfa - a plant
that honeybees refuse to visit. 


Main Line Sportsman said...

Interesting stuff...great photos. Thanks

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