Sunday, March 29, 2020

HumBug: Bugs in the City

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 2:43 PM

A quick trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago, when that was still possible yielded familiar creatures. At a rest area we saw at least three California tortoise shell butterflies frolicking in the sun. There were western box elder bugs on one of the picnic tables. They suck juices from box elders, maples and other trees.
Box elder bug on picnic table. - PHOTO BY ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Photo by Anthony Westkamper
  • Box elder bug on picnic table.


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Sunday, March 1, 2020

HumBug: Saps, Jumpers and Stingers

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 10:43 AM

Lacquering a dowel, I found half a dozen tiny beetles waiting for the chance to entomb themselves in the artificial amber. These are sap beetles. They are usually minute like this one, and different members of the family (nitidulidae) feed on various things including rotten fruit. Some years ago my strawberry patch was infested with a different species which are known to carry fungi on their legs which they introduce into the fruit, hastening its decay.
Tiny sap beetle next to threads on a tiny picture frame eye screw holding up the dowel for lacquering. - PHOTO BY ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • Tiny sap beetle next to threads on a tiny picture frame eye screw holding up the dowel for lacquering.

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