I won’t even try to guess whether these alien beings are owlfly or antlion larvae, but consider that two years ago my discovery of these made me think aliens had in fact landed, and I’m just happy I can ID these weird suckers…to a point.
I was doing my nightly “flip everything over to see what turns up” rounds when I stumbled on these guys. They looked like chunks of dirt, but those gorgeous mandibles were a dead giveaway.
So, although these things seem to have just landed from somewhere in outerspace, they are just the larvae of lacewings, antlions, and owlflies in the order Neuroptera. (More on that later ;))
So what were your answers?
The answers are as follows:
1. F, 2. H, 3. B, 4. G, 5. A, 6. E, 7. C, 8. D
1. Bird-dropping (Death’s head) spider
2. Ladybug (beetle) larvae
3. Rhinoceros beetle larvae
4. Mountain katydid
5. Pollen and nectar feeding katydid
6. Whip spider
7. Early instar of an owfly
8. Giant huntsman on my face
Okay, so maybe you were only able to get #8…I did put it in there for a freebie. (And in case you think I’m completely crazy, you should know that the huntsman was dead…so I’m only half crazy.)
And don’t feel bad, I did not know 1-7 myself before researching them. But that’s the fun, isn’t it?
We had a couple of people guess all of them correctly, so a special WE shout out to Marc at entomacrographic and to Drhoz.
**Be sure to click on the above links (1-8) to find out more about the featured creatures.**
(All photos property of Lisa Vankula-Donovan unless otherwise stated.)
Every once in a while, I’ve come across something that just baffles me. (I mean besides why they don’t put more jam in jam doughnuts.) But, without having a background in anything related to entomology, it’s sometimes a challenge to figure out what it is. See, those experienced in the field can look at a number of things to at least narrow it down to an order. I’m getting better at it but, as you’ll see, some are just plain confusing. (But, if you’re a follower of the blog, these might not be that hard 😉 )
Can you guess what is what?
Now, match these letters up to the picture you think belongs with it.
A. Pollen and nectar feeding katydid
B. Rhinoceros beetle larvae
C. Early instar of an owl fly
D. Giant huntsman on my face
E. Whip spider
F. Bird-dropping (Death’s head) spider
G. Mountain Katydid
H. Lady bug (beetle) larvae
Post your answers in the comments below or on Facebook. Answers will be revealed in tomorrow’s post. I will announce the person(s) that got the most correct.
*All photos property of Lisa Vankula-Donovan unless otherwise stated.**