Wednesday, November 11, 2009

identification

How do you identify bugs? This one was out in front of the house. I looked it up at bugguide.net.

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Sorry, that's all I got now. I'm swamped, and generally having a scummy day anyway.

15 comments:

Leeloo's mum said...

Awesome shot Craver!! I saw something that looks just like that the other night. It was about an inch long. Too dark to take a nice picture though.

Gaelyn said...

I've used buguide. Just ordered Kauffmann's North American Insect Field Guide. Used one this summer and liked it.
Nice shot of that beetle.

imac said...

Super Bug,lol.

Craver Vii said...

It was a blessing to see this thing in bright sunlight -- at about 2PM. This one was the same size as the one you saw. According to the link I provided Leeloo's mum, the range of these bugs goes "as far NE as southern New Brunswick," so you are on the very edge of their territory.

Isn't that bug guide wonderful Gaelyn? It was unbelievably easy to use, and so practical for an inquisitive non-expert such as myself.

Muchas gra├žias, Imac. I pointed out a few neat tree houses to my kids, but we have nothing in our neighborhood like the stuff in your pictures. Wow!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

So sorry about your scummy day. I hope things look brighter soon.

The Bug Guide is great, I agree. This is one ugly bug, though. (I know, if I can't say something nice then I shouldn't say anything at all.)

Craver Vii said...

An ugly bug. EG, would you say it's bugly? Thanks for the kind sentiments. Your visit helps balance my countenance.

mommanator said...

Cheer up there sre so mnay bugs to identify!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This is of the assassin bug species Craver. A great find at this time of the year.

lime said...

darn. i'm sorry your day is so poopy. when i look up a bug i usually go to the state website for assistance.

Craver Vii said...

One of my kids found a dead fly on a box and brought it to my attention this morning, so that I might photograph it Mommanator. And yes, that cheers me up.

Ninja bugs are a surprising find any time, Joan. My whole family (pets included) is still intact, so the assassin must have had another target in mind. The very fact that I was able to take notice and observe it closely, would indicate that I was never in harm's way, because a ninja... er, "assassin" would never let itself be seen by the intended victim.

I've missed your visits Lime; you sure made up for it today!! State sites offer good tools for bugs and plants and such. I used to have that bookmarked, then lost it. Thanks for the reminder!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: I use that site also but sometimes there are too many bugs to look through. Very nice photos.

Carletta said...

Nice macro Craver!

Don't know what brought you a scummy day (your turn to clean the bathroom perhaps) but I hope things are brighting up for you. :)

Love the sky shot below - I go with plowed field. ;)

Quilt Works said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

I GOT A LOT OF THOSE TOO AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT INFESTATION

Denise said...

What a superb macro of that little bug, and thanks for the link to the bug guide too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Always great to see you there.

Craver Vii said...

Hey Mr. Fishing Guy, you know what else I could use? A fish identifier! I like the tank at Bass Pro Shops, that shows the live fish inside, but also gives information on the side.

Hi Carletta! We all have our ups and downs, and I know that my problems would seem small to another, but scummy to me is a when my area of responsibility exceeds my capabilities, and the only thing that seems to be in bloom is the evil of mens' hearts. I wore my angry eyebrows for part of the day, but they're back in the box now.

QW, I didn't check to see what kind of damage they cause, since this was the only one. But as I said to Joan, if these are assassins, maybe the rest are in hiding. ;-)

Always a pleasure to visit with you, Denise. You captured a spectacular view from above the clouds this week! I like that both you and Gregg are taking photos at the same events.