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.**
So, what was your guess? One person guessed that it was some sort of a stick insect. Another guessed it was a parasite of some sort.
And considering I left the biggest part of the puzzle out-the fact that it descended on a string of web from the eave-I can understand the difficulty in guessing.
So, what is it?
It’s called a Whip Spider. It gets its name from its whip-like shape. But, as I found out, there is another much more sinister looking spider with the same name. Don’t look below if you get nightmares easily.
Photo credit: http://www.commons.wikimedia.org
But the scientific name for the spider we’re talking about is Argyrodes colubrinus, which means “snake-like”. But don’t worry, these guys only get around 20mm (2cm) long. And although they are cousins to the deadly Black Widow, they are too small to inflict any damage on humans with their venom.
The coolest thing about these guys is that they live mainly on a diet of, not just insects, but other spiders! They rig up a few long threads of silk and lie in wait at the top. When an unlucky spider wanders up and decides to climb up this seemingly convenient silk path, they strike. And their appearance doesn’t send off any alarms since to most prey, they appear to just be a tiny twig stuck on the web.
Another good lesson to never judge a book by its cover!