predatory insect


(I’m tagging, but just in case someone doesn’t have it blacklisted this is your Spider Warning ™ there be spiders ahead)

So around 3 years ago someone from Georgia Tech (ur welcome rest of the states) was in Peru, and underneath a tarp he found this strange little structure.

It turned out to be made of silk, and for a year no one could figure out what built it or why it looked like it did, so they named it ‘silkhenge’ while they kept investigating. Not only was it really intricate, but it was SUPER TINY

Finally it was discovered that it’s built by a spider, quickly dubbed the Silkhenge Spider, but even by spider standards it’s extremely bizarre. While they originally thought it may contain spermatophores, it turned out to contain an egg. Just ONE egg. This presumably wasn’t because the parents used multiple structures, either. Although some were found closer together, all of them only contained one tiny baby spider. 

Their best guess was that the little picket fence is designed to keep out or trap predatory insects that might eat the egg, but we still aren’t sure what the little tower is for, if the parents create more than one structure, or even what the adult spider looks like. 


Super recently Phil Torres and some quality boys over at The Jungle Diaries on Youtube recorded the first ever footage of the birth of this tiny spider child. AND IT WAS TWINS.

They were unable to keep them and watch them mature due to a lack of tiny enough feeder insects in their remote location, but they’ve said they hope to try in the future. I hope they record lots of video if they do so that we can all watch these precious tiny children grow.


7/7/17                                Paper Wasp-  Polistes 

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Polistes
Other Common Names
Paper Wasp, Paper Nest Wasp (any member of genus), Northern Paper Wasp, Golden Paper Wasp (both for P. fuscatus), Red Wasp (P. annularis or carolina), Common Paper Nest Wasp (P. exclamans), Texas Paper Wasp (P. apachus)
Explanation of Names
Polistes Latreille 1802
Probably from Greek polistes (πολιστης)- “founder of a city”
Arnett, p. 591, lists 18 spp. (1) lists 19 spp.
We have 19 spp. in the guide plus 2 undescribed spp.
13-25 mm
For an online key to the 11 species occurring in the northeast see the Identification Atlas of the Vespidae of the northeastern Nearctic region. (2)

Large social wasps with long legs, usually brown, yellow markings typically less extensive than yellow jackets and hornets (Vespinae). Visit flowers. Build distinctive paper nests attached to a surface by a stalk. No outer covering of cells as in the Vespinae.

Males have curly antennae and yellow faces, exception being P. annularis males, which have red faces just like females. Range
Much of North America.
Fields, woodlands, etc. Often build nests under eaves.
Early spring to late fall (in warm areas like Florida year-round). Only workers early in season–males are going to appear late summer to fall (earlier in the south). Females overwinter, in P. annularis also males.
Take nectar and juice from ripe fruit. Predatory on other insects (predominantly caterpillars) to feed larvae.
Life Cycle
Semi-social wasps. Unlike social (eusocial) wasps, where workers are sterile females, in Polistes all females are potential breeders. (See comments below for details.) Fertilized queens overwinter in crevices or under bark. In spring they build a nest and the colony builds up over the summer. At first, only workers (sterile females) are produced. Mature colonies have up to 30 adults. A young queen is the sole survivor of the colony. (I am presuming this queen disperses to find an unrelated male on flowers in the fall.)In at least one species (P. carolina and/or P. annularis), both sexes overwinter in the nest, in hollow trees or logs. 
Not as aggressive as Hornets, Yellowjackets. May be considered beneficial to gardeners because of predation on herbivorous insects.

cultivationartisan  asked:

BUG QUESTION what are those things that look like giant mosquitoes?? But are not mosquitoes? My sister always called them skeeterhawks but I have never in my life found out what they actually are.

Those are crane flies! (Tipulidae)

They’re essentially a very large type of midge.  They are often mistaken for some kind of flying carnivorous predator (we also called them mosquito hawks), but they are harmless and slow and don’t really feed as adults.

Their larvae are semi-aquatic, and develop in things like soggy lawns.  The babies are generally herbivorous or detrivores, feeding on algae and microbiota and such.  The adults mostly just bounce around the ground and look for mates, and maybe sip a bit of nectar on occasion.

Their main defense against predators is that hopefully something will grab one of their long legs, which will detach and let them bob away.

There is a predatory insect that looks a lot like them, but hangingflies (Bittacidae) are rare, in a different order, and have two pairs of wings. They also have an elongated “horse” face.

Hangingflies get their name because they hang from vegetation with their front legs and snatch prey out of the air with their hind legs.


Temperate-Zone Perennial Food Starter Kit

Hardiness Zone 4a+*

It can be made Zone 3+ if you want to trade out the sunchokes for another item from my shop, so just ask.

This kit includes:

Sunchoke / Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) tubers [5]
Rhubarb (Rheum barbarum) plant [1]
Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) plants [10]
Eqyptian Walking Onions (Allium x proliferum) [5]
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) seeds [packet]

+ a free poppy seed packet

These plants are all edible (barring the poppies), and have different ecological niches in an edible landscape. For example, lovage attracts predatory insects to keep pests off your other crops; onions can keep pests away from strawberries; the strawberries grow well with rhubarb; sunchokes can grow over 2 metres in height, and be used to grow vines like peas and beans.

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If the Quincy and Squad 0 guys were animals...

As requested by anon. :)

I’ve previously done two lists in which I imagined what sort of animals Bleach characters would be, if they were animals. Now it’s time to give the new Quincy and Squad 0 guys a turn!

1. Haschwalth: Golden Retriever

So far as we know, Haschwalth is fiercely loyal and always stands by Yhwach, no matter how he is mistreated. Which is a dog sort of loyalty. Also he has gorgeous blond hair, just like a golden retriever’s golden fur.

2. Shutara: A Spider

AKA, the most obvious one ever. She weaves a lot. She has a lot of arms. Spider.

3. Cang Du: Armadillo

Cang Du has “iron” skin, allowing him to repel most attacks. Just like an armadillo can roll into a ball to protect itself. Plus, Cang Du doesn’t talk much, and neither do armadillos.

4. Bazz-B: Sea Gull

Sea Gulls are aggressive and noisy, much like Bazz-B is aggressive and talkative. Plus, sea gulls LOVE to swoop down and take over guys’ food - just like Bazz-B threatened to take Ishida’s heir spot and nabbed Cang Du’s Hitsugaya fight.

5. Oetsu: Rooster

Oetsu was very showy, and he enjoyed pranking Renji and Ichigo. Just like a rooster will challenge other males. Rooster, of course, are only cool with their lady harem - and what does Oetsu like to surround himself with? Yeah, female zanpakuto!

6. Sentoki: Fruit Bat

He looked at Rukia and saw a peach. He looked at Renji and saw a turnip. The guy is obsessed with produce, is all I’m saying.

7. Ryuken: Persian Cat

Beautiful but aloof, both Persian cats and Ryuken stride around with their noses up, showing off their beautiful white coat. But of course, they can be cuddly with people they like….which is almost no one.

8. Bambietta: Praying Mantis

Much like a preying mantis, Bambietta is rather…dangerous to men who want to get with her. Preying mantis ladies like to bite off heads (or so the rumor goes). Bambietta likes to cut men in half. Also, she’s aggressive and violent in a fight - and mantises are predatory insects that eat other bugs.

9. Yhwach: Bear

He slept for a long time. When he woke up he was grumpy…which I assume is the case for bears.

10. BG9: Alarm clock

 Both mechanical and evil.

11. Hikifune: Cow

Cows are friendly and adorable, much like Hikifune herself. Plus, they have to eat all the time in order to maintain their, um, cowness (?), much like Hikifune has to bulk up in order to cook her spiritual-pressure draining food.

12. The Soul King: A puppy

In, um, Bleach Lists anyway. My guess would be this characterization is not entirely accurate, but the Soul King will remain an Ichigo-loving puppy for as long as I can get away with it, and probably a bit longer than that.

13. Mask de Masculine: Bird of Paradise

Birds of paradise have magnificent plumes that they use to attract mates. Basically, they live or die based on how impressed their fellow birds are. And Mask de Masculine lives off of accolades. Plus he has that fancy mask.

14. As Nodt: Short-horned lizard

As Nodt is a gender ambiguous, fear-inducing, spiky-faced Quincy. The short-horned lizard looks like toad (reptile ambiguous) and is covered in spikes. Oh, and it can shoot blood from its eyes. Case closed.

no offense to the designers or nothin but those monsters on the real cost of smoking commercials that are supposed to look horrifying are like really cute, mini versions of john carpenter’s the thing and the fact that they live in little cigarette boxes is even cuter

where do i get one


Tropaeolum majus (garden nasturtium, Indian cress or monks cress) is a flowering plant in thefamily Tropaeolaceae, originating in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia.

Nasturtiums are considered widely useful companion plants. They repel a great many cucurbit pests, like squash bugs, cucumber beetles, and several caterpillars. They have a similar range of benefits for brassica plants, especially broccoli and cauliflower. They also serve as a trap crop against black fly aphids. They also attract beneficial predatory insects.

All its parts are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry. The flowers contain about 130 mg vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 oz),[10]about the same amount as is contained in parsley.[11] Moreover, they contain up to 45 mg of lutein per 100 gr,[12] which is the highest amount found in any edible plant. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and dropped into spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.[13]Nasturtiums are also a favorite treat of chickens (along with garlic chives, clover, chickweed and turnips)

Via Wikipedia

anonymous asked:

I don't want to be rude but what's so interesting about bugs? :3

By most estimates, there are more than 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (ten quintillion) individual insects on the planet comprising more than 300 times the biomass of humanity! They’ve existed as the numerically dominant organisms in nearly all terrestrial ecosystems and most ecological niches. Personally, I’m fascinated by the novel ways that they protect themselves against predation and parasatism and the ways parasitoids and predatory insects overcome those defenses to make a meal of them but aside from the myriad of random, unique things that they’re capable of; this world couldn’t exist without them! They’re the ecosystem engineers and the lynchpins in most of our planet’s biological communities. The long and short of it is: