Tag Archives: Insects

To rear or not to rear?

documenting the life cycle of these unpopular but fascinating insects is, indeed, well worth a few bites. In fact, it may be more valuable than popular life cycles like monarch butterflies… Continue reading

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Chilocorus kuwanae lady beetles

Chilocorus kuwanae has no common name in English, and has been introduced to North America for biocontrol. It is a beautiful species, glossy black with two red spots. Continue reading

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Welcome, BugEric readers!

It took me almost a day to get around to posting this because I was so flustered and thrilled to be the subject of the 100th post on the popular blog BugEric that I forgot my login name here! As … Continue reading

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It’s my Lady Beetle Anniversary! (Coccinelliversary?)

One year ago today I was looking for caterpillars and found a lady beetle larva instead – a big, orange and black, fourth-instar Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis). I’d seen and identified one the previous year, so I recognized … Continue reading

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Perspective

I’m probably the only person who looks at a milkweed plant literally encrusted with aphids and says “Oh, that’s beautiful!” Hey, with two dozen tiny coccinellid mouths to feed, it is. And aphids themselves come in a dizzying array of … Continue reading

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The wonders of milkweed

My happy moment of the day was seeing a big patch of 3-foot-tall milkweed – that means two things, a) monarch butterflies and b) lady beetles eating oleander aphids. Didn’t see oleander aphids, actually, but where there is milkweed there … Continue reading

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She’s a lady!

Thrill of the day: my 7-spotted lady beetle laid eggs in her container! (So she is really a lady ladybug.) I’ll release her later today, in case she gets any ideas about eating the eggs. I hope they’re fertilized and … Continue reading

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Lady beetle #3

This one is a Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata. It was on the office door when I arrived at work this morning – I captured it and now it’s munching on colorful aphids on my desk. I’ve only seen the … Continue reading

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