Took a walkabout on our property this morning, thought I'd share. As spring & summer approach, I will update this thread.
Big red mites that I believe to be a Dinothrombium sp.
Margined carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma noveboracense) larvae feeding
This is exciting for me, because my intent in placing a dead opossum there was to bury it & attract these guys for a colony.... Never got to burying it. But now that they've come, I'm planning on digging & putting a small door over top, to maintain a natural feeding pit. Basically setting up an outdoor colony in the ground
Lovely gal hanging out in a pile of dead bark...
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Not the best pic, but...
This lady has been living just outside my front door for about a month & I just noticed that she's got an egg sac. There are a couple more of this species hanging out on our deck as well.
A slightly more clear pic of the last spider...
Wow, nice looking Dolomedes! I know Hemiptera when I see it but that's about as specific as one entomology class will get you. Is Arilus cristatus a type of assassin bug? Very cool.
Hey, thanks! That's one of two fishing spiders I've found around here since we moved in late last summer. I must say, I love living in the country. I never saw anything exciting in the city!
Yup, that's a "wheeled" assassin bug... They've started showing up more around the area within the last year or so, Id never seen one untill last year- I think it was catfishrod that enlightened me as to what it was.
Not the clearest of pics, will upload from camera soon, but here are 2 of the 3 Phidippus audax that have moved into our home this week.
Assassin bug of some sort...
Maybe a wheeled nymph? Thoughts?
The Cicindella you posted a pic of...are they the small beetles I keep seeing everywhere (mostly in the woods and adjacent to streams, ponds, etc)? They're under an inch long, are extremely fast, and without fail, fly away whenever I try to get a picture of one. Your picture is a dead ringer, but do the ones you see behave that way?
That certainly looks like Arilus cristatus to me.
I'm wondering if the nymphs of that species quickly lose that color as they mature? And why the red coloration? Is it aposematic?
Sorry for the barrage of questions!
...I've only seen that Cicindella sp. a couple of times, and yes they were super fast & erratic when I saw them & flew away quickly. They were small, maybe 3/4" long. Our property is surrounded by woods & I saw them near our deck & surrounding gravel after a heavy rain. Sounds to be the same bug you're seeing. Their color is striking, isn't it?
Thanks for the link! I'm confident that it was indeed a wheeled nymph. I also wonder those things about the coloration... I would imagine it must be aposematic... The little guy was pretty small, but definitely showed some attitude when I got close to take a picture. It was threat posturing at my phone like mad! I've never seen a nymph before, I'm curious how fast they grow. We just recently started seeing wheeled assassins in our area, the fact that there are youngins hanging around my deck is exciting for me.
You should try raising one of those assassin nymphs. The transition from nymph to adult would impressive to see. Just watch those fingers I've heard a bite from Arilus cristatus is pretty painful.
very cool, I need to get down to Pensylvania! That assassin bug with the big "wheel" is amazing!
I am a big chicken eater...
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