Spring Insects

I snapped some photos of various insects the past couple of weeks. We are in mid-spring (late April – early May) and there are many more bugs out and about. The photo above is of an assassin bug which we saw in the evening at a friend’s house. It was about the size of my thumbnail. The assassin bugs are a large, cosmopolitan family (7,000) of the order of “true bugs” or hemiptera.  They are terrestrial, ambush predators that are known for a painful sting with a long probiscus (underneath this specimen and cannot be seen). They also can be identified by the striped flanges on the abdomen.  The most famous assassin bug is the vinchuca a South American bug that is a vector for Chagas’ disease.

I spotted this flower chafer beetle in a park in Nishi Suita, a suburb next to hills of Minoh. Flower chafers are a 4000-species family of scarab beetles that are known for diurnal visits to flowers to eat pollen and nectar. When I tapped the stalk of the flower, the beetle quickly flew away.

Finally, due to my work in the Eco Club Junior at school, students always point out insects and creatures they see at school. Above is a hawk moth that I photographed in the courtyard of the school. There are over 1,700 species of hawk moths in the Sphingidae family. They are large moths best known for rapid and sustained flying ability due to their thin wings and streamlined bodies.


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