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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:53 pm

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(I presume that's a hornet James?)

Sphecius speciosus, often simply referred to as the cicada killer or the cicada hawk, is a large digger wasp species. Cicada killers are large, solitary wasps in the family Crabronidae. The name may be applied to any species of crabronid which preys on cicadas, though in North America it is typically applied to a single species, S. speciosus. However, since there are multiple species of related wasps, it is more appropriate to call it the eastern cicada killer. This species occurs in the eastern and midwest U.S. and southwards into Mexico and Central America including Louisiana. They are so named because they hunt cicadas and provision their nests with them. In North America they are sometimes called sand hornets, although they are not hornets, which belong to the family Vespidae. Cicada killers exert a measure of natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which their cicada prey feed.

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Post by Nico on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:37 pm

Great shots James clapping

I would NOT like a sting off that bad boy affraid

I don't know what your secret is to get them to pose mate, it's like the Dario Argento film Phenomena where they control the insects rockon
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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:53 pm

Thanks Andy cheers

This fella was dying when I found him so I pined and posed him on a piece of cardboard for a few days and then took pics lol!

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Unfortunately I accidentally broke one of his antenna banghead2

In this case I cheated to get pics but all the rest of my insect photos are live Wink
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:01 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I don't know what your secret is to get them to pose mate.

I think he shares his glaucoma meds with them. lol! rofl
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Post by Nico on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:11 pm

You could have fooled us all then mate lol!
Very cool shots bro, look at the hook things on his legs cheers
I had something similar to him the other year in my greenhouse (maybe a bit smaller) It looked to be a solitary insect, it had bitten off a perfect shape off one of the leaves then dug a hole in the cucumber plant soil and buried the leaf and laid eggs inside it.He made a little tunnel to crawl in and out of What a Face I watched him going about his business staying clear as he had a nasty back end on him affraid
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Post by Nico on Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:00 am

Came across this dude at work  What a Face
I think it's a Cardinal spider, one of the largest found in the UK  scratch [500][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][/500]
I caught him with a clear plastic cup and a piece of cardboard to put him outside,In the cup he was very aggressive up on his back legs bearing his 5mm fangs, biggest spider I've seen in the UK  affraid
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:01 am

That's a creepy freaking spider Andy affraid

Very cool rockon
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Post by cantina_patron on Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:45 pm

I believe they are quite rare in the UK Andy, but I certainly wouldn't want to find that bugger crawling across my duvet in the middle of the night. affraid
I'm fine with most spiders (I have dealt with Black Widows accidently imported from the US  & keep a bird eating spider as a pet), but that one & house spiders give me the creeps.
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Post by Nico on Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:37 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I believe they are quite rare in the UK Andy, but I certainly wouldn't want to find that bugger crawling across my duvet in the middle of the night. affraid
I'm fine with most spiders (I have dealt with Black Widows accidently imported from the US  & keep a bird eating spider as a pet), but that one & house spiders give me the creeps.

Steve thats the first Cardinal spider I've seen mate (and hopefully the last lol! ) I'm not scared of spiders but I totally know where you are coming from with the common or giant house spiders in the UK, the do look creepy and are fast movers affraid
I don't mind them in the garage as they are only doing what nature intended but they are banned from my house What a Face
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Post by Nico on Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:23 pm

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Post by the89thchris on Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:13 pm

Nico, that is craaazy looking and I've never seen a photo of that moth in my life. Stunning little creature.

Also, I'm glad you dusted off this thread as I've been meaning to share this for a long while but never had the right lens handy when I had the time to do it. I decided it deserved a video  rofl



The bubble seems to be quite flush with the card so this guy may have been in here since the factory sealed it some forty years ago.
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:43 pm

That is one creepy looking moth Andy cheers

Chris - I've heard of bugs encased in amber before but never seen one in a Kenner card back lol!
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:36 pm

Rainbow Scarab Beetle (female)

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Post by Nico on Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:50 pm

That's a great close up shot James clapping cheers
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Post by Nico on Mon May 14, 2018 10:20 pm

I nearly ran this little guy over this morning, he was on the warehouse floor affraid [400][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][/400]
I managed to get him on a piece of paper and put him outside Very Happy
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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:20 am

Beautiful Moth Andy cheers

This one is called a Big Poplar Sphinx Moth …

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It's wingspan is about 11 cm (4.3 inches)  What a Face
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Post by the89thchris on Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:42 pm

Magnificent! And that name! rofl clapping
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Post by Nico on Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:15 am

Wow James, never seen him before mate and what a wingspan cheers

He's a beauty brother afro
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 am

Found this guy in the garden - I think it may be a Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar ...

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Post by Nico on Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:40 pm

Very cool caterpillar James  cheers

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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:06 pm

Thanks Andy cheers

Here's a tiny 3/16 " spider I spotted on a Zinnia the other day …

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:45 pm

I believe this is a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly ...

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Post by Commander Clint on Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:46 pm

Great pictures everyone. clapping

Here are a few of the bugs we have in our yard at the moment.

My wife found this chrysalis in the back yard, and rescued it from the cat cage.  She thinks its a Pyrrharctia isabella, the isabella tiger moth or woollybear caterpillar.

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She is also raising a few Monarch caterpillars.  There are a couple different sizes.  They grow really fast once the eggs hatch.

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A Japanese Beetle eating my "Ever bearing Raspberry" plants.  They were also eating my wild black raspberry plants as well. angryfire

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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:40 pm

Awesome Clint cheers

I had no idea your wife was into insects yay

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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:58 pm

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If we had more space, she would have more pets, than all my SW figures put together. lol!

Those are a couple great butterflies. cheers
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