Bugs of the field 2014: a bee mimic, colorful beetles, and more

Watch out! I'm a bee!

Watch out! I’m a bee!

I'm not kidding - look at my big stinger! I'm REALLY a bee!

I’m not kidding – look at my big stinger! I’m REALLY a bee!

Why don't you believe me?!

I’m fuzzy and everything! Why don’t you believe me?!

Sorry, bee mimic.

Ladybug

Ladybug

Ladybug with no spots

Ladybug with no spots

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.

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Possibly an aphid-farming ant?

Possibly an aphid-farming ant?

Tiny golden beetle

Tiny golden beetle

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I assume this is the larva of something, but I have no idea what. It was very graceful in the water.

I assume this is the larva of something, but I have no idea what. It was very graceful in the water.

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We put up mist nets to catch birds, but sometimes other things show up in them…

I'm totally a bird.

I’m totally a bird. (He’s not even caught, he’s just landed on the net. You can see he is holding on with his feet.)

Giant antennae!

Giant antennae!

I really liked this guy.

I really liked this guy.

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Big hairy feet.

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3 thoughts on “Bugs of the field 2014: a bee mimic, colorful beetles, and more

    • Ooh yes, that is definitely him! (The oregonensis subspecies, based on range.) Apparently the species is a wood-borer and enemy of the logging industry. (Not one of the bad invasive ones though – this a good native beetle.) You can even see the white spot in my second photo of him; I’d never noticed that before. And the super-long antennae indicate that he is, in fact, a “he.” How cool!

      That second link is a very strange insect indeed. I’m not sure why it’s bothered to mimic a wasp, since it’s already a scary predator on its own…

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