Insects II - Beetles, True Bugs, Hoppers and their larvae and nymphs

This album contains photos of insects, their larvae and nymphs in the Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera orders.
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1 <strong>Insect eggs</strong>

These bright yellow eggs are probably ladybug eggs, but it is hard to tell for sure without seeing what hatched from them. All insects start life in an egg (including aphids, which hatch inside the mother). "Baby" insect...

Insect eggs These bright yellow eggs are probably ladybug eggs, but it is hard to tell for sure without seeing what hatched from them. All insects start life in an egg (including aphids, which hatch inside the mother). "Baby" insect...

Insect eggs These bright yellow eggs are probably ladybug eggs, but it is hard to tell for sure without seeing what hatched from them. All insects start life in an egg (including aphids, which hatch inside the mother). "Baby" insects, called larvae or nymphs (depending on which type of metamorphosis they go through) hatch from the eggs. 3308
2 Often referred to as a "grubworm", this creature is not a worm; it is a <strong>Beetle larva</strong>, which is called a <em>grub</em>. Many kinds of beetles lay their eggs underground, the grubs eat the roots of plants as they develop. Some of the soi...

Often referred to as a "grubworm", this creature is not a worm; it is a Beetle larva, which is called a grub. Many kinds of beetles lay their eggs underground, the grubs eat the roots of plants as they develop. Some of the soi...

Often referred to as a "grubworm", this creature is not a worm; it is a Beetle larva, which is called a grub. Many kinds of beetles lay their eggs underground, the grubs eat the roots of plants as they develop. Some of the soil grubs include Junebugs and Japanese beetles. Grubs will go through 5 molts before becoming a pupa. Many beetles spend the winter in the dormant pupa stage, becoming an adult the following spring or summer. Some kinds of grubs can cause damage to grass in lawns. A form of natural, and environmentally friendly, pesticide is a bacterium called "BT" or Bacillus thuringensis. This bacterium kills beetle grubs in the soil. 1389
3 This large Grubworm was unearthed when I was turning over the compost pile. It had overwintered in the pile among the potato and orange peels, egg shells, and broccoli stems. Obviously, it was well fed! In a few more weeks it will pupate before becomin...

This large Grubworm was unearthed when I was turning over the compost pile. It had overwintered in the pile among the potato and orange peels, egg shells, and broccoli stems. Obviously, it was well fed! In a few more weeks it will pupate before becomin...

This large Grubworm was unearthed when I was turning over the compost pile. It had overwintered in the pile among the potato and orange peels, egg shells, and broccoli stems. Obviously, it was well fed! In a few more weeks it will pupate before becoming a large beetle of some sort. Notice the brown legs on the thorax and the spiracles (brown circles) on the abdomen. 1510
4 <strong>Glow-worm larva; Railroad Worm</strong> - curled 
<em>Phengodidae</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
September 11, 2008

When I went to the University of Tennessee Arboretum today, Lynn (the secretary) said, "I'm glad you're here, we found a strange ...

Glow-worm larva; Railroad Worm - curled Phengodidae spp. Oak Ridge, TN September 11, 2008 When I went to the University of Tennessee Arboretum today, Lynn (the secretary) said, "I'm glad you're here, we found a strange ...

Glow-worm larva; Railroad Worm - curled Phengodidae spp. Oak Ridge, TN September 11, 2008 When I went to the University of Tennessee Arboretum today, Lynn (the secretary) said, "I'm glad you're here, we found a strange bug we want you to identify!" It was in an empty margarine container. When I opened the lid I found this creature curled tightly into a ball. At first I thought it might be a centipede, but Lynn said it had only 6 legs near the head when it was stretched out; that meant it had to be an insect of some sort. Finally, I took it outside and put it in the sun to see if it would uncurl. That worked! The following photo shows what it looked like stretched out... 979
5 <strong>Glow-worm; Railroad Worm</strong> - Adult female 
<em>Phengodes</em> spp. / Order:Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
September 11, 2008

This is what the mystery critter turned out to be when it stretched out (to 3"!). I figured it was a beetle larv...

Glow-worm; Railroad Worm - Adult female Phengodes spp. / Order:Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN September 11, 2008 This is what the mystery critter turned out to be when it stretched out (to 3"!). I figured it was a beetle larv...

Glow-worm; Railroad Worm - Adult female Phengodes spp. / Order:Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN September 11, 2008 This is what the mystery critter turned out to be when it stretched out (to 3"!). I figured it was a beetle larva of some sort. Lynn looked up "Beetle larvae" on Bugguide.net and we finally found it. We learned it is an adult female Giant Glow-worm. Later, I read that the female larvae and adult beetles are bioluminescent (probably as a deterrent to nocturnal predators). The adult females are larviform, they look very similar to the larvae. The larvae eat millipedes and can deliver a painful bite (due to a toxic saliva). I was glad I didn't handle it when I was trying to photograph it! This probably explains why I have seen the hollow exoskeletons of millipedes on the trail when I've been hiking. This website tells more about these interesting animals:Glow-worms Adult male Glow-worm beetles are winged and have HUGE feathery antennae, they do not eat. 1705
6 <b>Adult Male Glowworm</b>

Adult Male Glowworm

Adult Male Glowworm Phengodes plumosa 6-2-13 I found this fellow on the moth sheet. What a surprise it was to see those huge antennae! 476
7 <strong>Varied Carpet beetle larva</strong>
<em>Anthrenus</em> spp.
Dec. 8, 2008

The tiny adults and larvae of this beetle are commonly found in houses. The adults have mottled brown <em>elytra </em>(outer wing coverings).

Varied Carpet beetle larva Anthrenus spp. Dec. 8, 2008 The tiny adults and larvae of this beetle are commonly found in houses. The adults have mottled brown elytra (outer wing coverings).

Varied Carpet beetle larva Anthrenus spp. Dec. 8, 2008 The tiny adults and larvae of this beetle are commonly found in houses. The adults have mottled brown elytra (outer wing coverings). 1553
8 <b>Casebaring Leafbeetle</b> larva / cryptocephalinae subfamily June 2008

Casebaring Leafbeetle larva / cryptocephalinae subfamily June 2008

Casebaring Leafbeetle larva / cryptocephalinae subfamily June 2008 This Casebaring Leafbeetle larva lives on the underside blackberry leaves. When I turned the leaf over the larva started moving. The black case protects it from being eaten by birds. Close inspection of these cases will reveal tiny legs. 1410
9 This Flower Beetle has raised her <em>elytra</em> (wing covers) in preparation for flight. The light, thin wings are used for flying.

This Flower Beetle has raised her elytra (wing covers) in preparation for flight. The light, thin wings are used for flying.

This Flower Beetle has raised her elytra (wing covers) in preparation for flight. The light, thin wings are used for flying. 1234
10 Ladybugs in love! ;) This couple was mating on a milkweed leaf in my yard. She will later deposit her eggs on the plant, continuing the cycle. The male is much smaller than the female.

Ladybugs in love! ;) This couple was mating on a milkweed leaf in my yard. She will later deposit her eggs on the plant, continuing the cycle. The male is much smaller than the female.

Ladybugs in love! ;) This couple was mating on a milkweed leaf in my yard. She will later deposit her eggs on the plant, continuing the cycle. The male is much smaller than the female. 1159
11 I spotted this <strong>Ladybug Larva</strong> munching on an aphid on the back of a milkweed leaf in my yard. These insects pack quite a punch for their small size, they can eat a large number of aphids during their short larval stage.

I spotted this Ladybug Larva munching on an aphid on the back of a milkweed leaf in my yard. These insects pack quite a punch for their small size, they can eat a large number of aphids during their short larval stage.

I spotted this Ladybug Larva munching on an aphid on the back of a milkweed leaf in my yard. These insects pack quite a punch for their small size, they can eat a large number of aphids during their short larval stage. 1899
12 It figures I'd find this Ladybug pupa at dusk when I'd have to use a flash to get a picture! This finishes out the "Ladybug Metamorphosis Series," so I had to get a picture of it. 
In the pupa phase the insect is changing from a wingless larva to a wi...

It figures I'd find this Ladybug pupa at dusk when I'd have to use a flash to get a picture! This finishes out the "Ladybug Metamorphosis Series," so I had to get a picture of it. In the pupa phase the insect is changing from a wingless larva to a wi...

It figures I'd find this Ladybug pupa at dusk when I'd have to use a flash to get a picture! This finishes out the "Ladybug Metamorphosis Series," so I had to get a picture of it. In the pupa phase the insect is changing from a wingless larva to a winged adult. The spiky discarded larval skin can just be seen on the right side of the pupa's abdomen. The orange and black coloration is a warning to any predators that even in this phase the ladybug is distasteful. 1066
13 This Ladybug had just come out of its pupa case, it was hiding underneath the leaf drying its wings when I found it. What a lucky find! If I had been a few minutes earlier, I may have been able to watch it emerge from the pupa case.

This Ladybug had just come out of its pupa case, it was hiding underneath the leaf drying its wings when I found it. What a lucky find! If I had been a few minutes earlier, I may have been able to watch it emerge from the pupa case.

This Ladybug had just come out of its pupa case, it was hiding underneath the leaf drying its wings when I found it. What a lucky find! If I had been a few minutes earlier, I may have been able to watch it emerge from the pupa case. 1284
14 <strong>Mealybug Destroyer</strong>
<em>Cryptolaemus montrouzieri</em> / Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
June 2008

I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It closely resemb...

Mealybug Destroyer Cryptolaemus montrouzieri / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 2008 I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It closely resemb...

Mealybug Destroyer Cryptolaemus montrouzieri / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 2008 I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It closely resembles some of its prey; talk about a "wolf in sheep's clothing"! It has white waxy secretions that protect it from attacks from ants. The ants try to protect the aphids, which this larva eats, because they eat the honeydew produced by the aphids. What an amazing relationship between the three different types of insects! A Chinese relative of these predatory beetles is being used in the battle against the Hemlock Wooly Adelgids in the Smokies. 1973
15 <strong>Mealybug Destroyer</strong> larva
<em>Cryptolaemus montrouzieri</em> / Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
September 25, 2008

I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It...

Mealybug Destroyer larva Cryptolaemus montrouzieri / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN September 25, 2008 I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It...

Mealybug Destroyer larva Cryptolaemus montrouzieri / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN September 25, 2008 I was very surprised to learn through an internet search that this fuzzy white "aphid eater" is a type of ladybug larva! It has white waxy secretions that protect it from attacks from ants. The ants try to protect the aphids, which this larva eats, because they eat the honeydew produced by the aphids. What an amazing relationship between the three different types of insects! A Chinese relative of these predatory beetles is being used in the battle against the Hemlock Wooly Adelgids in the Smokies. 1238
16 <strong>Potato Beetle larva</strong>
<em>Leptinotarsa</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 10, 2008
We found this beetle larva on a Horse Nettle leaf during science camp. It will turn into a beetle with black and tan lines on the outer wings.

Potato Beetle larva Leptinotarsa spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008 We found this beetle larva on a Horse Nettle leaf during science camp. It will turn into a beetle with black and tan lines on the outer wings.

Potato Beetle larva Leptinotarsa spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008 We found this beetle larva on a Horse Nettle leaf during science camp. It will turn into a beetle with black and tan lines on the outer wings. 929
17 A Ladybug eating an aphid on a milkweed leaf. Ladybugs are voracious predators of aphids, eating over 300 during their lifetime.

A Ladybug eating an aphid on a milkweed leaf. Ladybugs are voracious predators of aphids, eating over 300 during their lifetime.

A Ladybug eating an aphid on a milkweed leaf. Ladybugs are voracious predators of aphids, eating over 300 during their lifetime. 1098
18 There are many different species of Ladybugs. Some have no spots, some have 2 or 7 or 13, or in the case of this one, many spots!

There are many different species of Ladybugs. Some have no spots, some have 2 or 7 or 13, or in the case of this one, many spots!

There are many different species of Ladybugs. Some have no spots, some have 2 or 7 or 13, or in the case of this one, many spots! 913
19 <strong>Seven-spotted lady beetle</strong>
<em>Coccinella septempunctata*</em> / Coleoptera ("sheath-wing")
This beetle is sometimes called a "C-7". These beetles were introduced from Europe to try to control aphids. In some countries, Ladybugs are c...

Seven-spotted lady beetle Coccinella septempunctata* / Coleoptera ("sheath-wing") This beetle is sometimes called a "C-7". These beetles were introduced from Europe to try to control aphids. In some countries, Ladybugs are c...

Seven-spotted lady beetle Coccinella septempunctata* / Coleoptera ("sheath-wing") This beetle is sometimes called a "C-7". These beetles were introduced from Europe to try to control aphids. In some countries, Ladybugs are called "ladybirds". Ladybugs are brightly colored due to the fact that they are poisonous. They are not harmful because they can't sting or bite, but they give off a foul-tasting yellow secretion. I found out the hard way how they taste when one got in a nearly empty cup of coffee I was drinking! When I took that last gulp, I felt something in my mouth and then I tasted an incredibly bitter taste. It was awful! No wonder birds won't eat them! 965
20 <strong>Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle</strong>
<em>Chilocorus stigma</em> 
Oak Ridge, TN
May 2008

This little beetle looks like a 2-spotted ladybug in negative! I was surprised when I learned its name! It was photographed on a leaf of our Dogwood tree.

Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle Chilocorus stigma Oak Ridge, TN May 2008 This little beetle looks like a 2-spotted ladybug in negative! I was surprised when I learned its name! It was photographed on a leaf of our Dogwood tree.

Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle Chilocorus stigma Oak Ridge, TN May 2008 This little beetle looks like a 2-spotted ladybug in negative! I was surprised when I learned its name! It was photographed on a leaf of our Dogwood tree. 1028
21 <em>Saxinis saucia</em>

I found this small beetle with a red dot on its wing eating a plant in my yard. I identified it from my new <u>Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America</u>, which was written by my Bugguide friend, Eric.

Saxinis saucia I found this small beetle with a red dot on its wing eating a plant in my yard. I identified it from my new Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, which was written by my Bugguide friend, Eric.

Saxinis saucia I found this small beetle with a red dot on its wing eating a plant in my yard. I identified it from my new Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, which was written by my Bugguide friend, Eric. 1212
22 <strong>Tortoise beetle</strong>
<em>Plagiometriona clavata</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
July 17, 2009

It is not hard to see how this little beetle gets its common name, it really does look like a tiny tortoise or turtle! I found it on a tomato plant leaf ...

Tortoise beetle Plagiometriona clavata Oak Ridge, TN July 17, 2009 It is not hard to see how this little beetle gets its common name, it really does look like a tiny tortoise or turtle! I found it on a tomato plant leaf ...

Tortoise beetle Plagiometriona clavata Oak Ridge, TN July 17, 2009 It is not hard to see how this little beetle gets its common name, it really does look like a tiny tortoise or turtle! I found it on a tomato plant leaf while I was picking some herbs on the patio. The two black spots on the lower edge of the photo are its "frass" (a.k.a. "bug poop"). There are several different species of Tortoise beetles, they have very distinctive outer wings that cover their body. 1697
23 <strong>Golden Tortoise Beetle</strong> 
<em>Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor</em>
August 6, 2007
Seeing the small holes in the leaves of a wild potato vine was a clue that I might find a tortoise beetle. These unusual beetles are a brilliant gold c...

Golden Tortoise Beetle Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor August 6, 2007 Seeing the small holes in the leaves of a wild potato vine was a clue that I might find a tortoise beetle. These unusual beetles are a brilliant gold c...

Golden Tortoise Beetle Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor August 6, 2007 Seeing the small holes in the leaves of a wild potato vine was a clue that I might find a tortoise beetle. These unusual beetles are a brilliant gold color when undisturbed. Unfortunately, having a large black camera lens zooming in can be un-nerving to a small insect! It quickly turned this bright orange and then crawled off the leaf. The beetle gets its' common name from the way the elytra (outer wings) flare out and form a tortoise-like shell. 1408
24 <strong>Red Milkweed Beetles</strong> 
<em>Tetraopes tetraophthalumus</em> / Coleoptera
These pretty red beetles are found on their larval food source, milkweed. They lay their eggs on the plants, the larvae burrow into the stems and roots. Consideri...

Red Milkweed Beetles Tetraopes tetraophthalumus / Coleoptera These pretty red beetles are found on their larval food source, milkweed. They lay their eggs on the plants, the larvae burrow into the stems and roots. Consideri...

Red Milkweed Beetles Tetraopes tetraophthalumus / Coleoptera These pretty red beetles are found on their larval food source, milkweed. They lay their eggs on the plants, the larvae burrow into the stems and roots. Considering their red and black coloration and the fact they feed on milkweed, I'm sure they are poisonous or distasteful to predators. 1254
25 2 of the 4 eyes are easily visible on this <strong>4-eyed milkweed beetle</strong>. It is interesting how the antennae are between the eyes.

2 of the 4 eyes are easily visible on this 4-eyed milkweed beetle. It is interesting how the antennae are between the eyes.

2 of the 4 eyes are easily visible on this 4-eyed milkweed beetle. It is interesting how the antennae are between the eyes. 985
26 I photographed these 4-eyed Milkweed beetles mating in the garden. I felt  a little guilty intruding on such an "intimate moment", but I thought it was interesting to see a new generation of beetles in the making! ;) They didn't seem to appreciate my i...

I photographed these 4-eyed Milkweed beetles mating in the garden. I felt a little guilty intruding on such an "intimate moment", but I thought it was interesting to see a new generation of beetles in the making! ;) They didn't seem to appreciate my i...

I photographed these 4-eyed Milkweed beetles mating in the garden. I felt a little guilty intruding on such an "intimate moment", but I thought it was interesting to see a new generation of beetles in the making! ;) They didn't seem to appreciate my intrusion, they separated right after I took the photo and flew away. 1127
27 <strong>Bombardier Beetle</strong>
<em>Brachinus</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 10, 2008

Bombardier Beetle Brachinus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008

Bombardier Beetle Brachinus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008 1150
28 <strong>Patent-leather Beetle</strong>
<em>Odontotaenius disjunctus</em> / Coleoptera
May 27, 2007
This critter caused quite a stir when it crawled across the picnic blanket on Memorial Day! It's a good thing I was there to identify it as being harm...

Patent-leather Beetle Odontotaenius disjunctus / Coleoptera May 27, 2007 This critter caused quite a stir when it crawled across the picnic blanket on Memorial Day! It's a good thing I was there to identify it as being harm...

Patent-leather Beetle Odontotaenius disjunctus / Coleoptera May 27, 2007 This critter caused quite a stir when it crawled across the picnic blanket on Memorial Day! It's a good thing I was there to identify it as being harmless, I probably saved it from getting squashed! :) Patent-leather beetles get their common name from their shiny black exoskeleton, it resembles the patent leather on little girls' Sunday shoes. These beetles eat decaying wood (there was a dead tree nearby). This is one of the types of beetles that take care of their larvae, they feed them prechewed wood. Most insects die after laying their eggs, so this is quite an achievement. Beetles are in the order Coleoptera, which means "sheath-wing". Beetles have 2 hard outer cover wings, called elytra which meet in the middle making a straight line on their back. The 2 softer flight wings are located beneath the elytra. 1793
29 A Patent-leather Beetle on the trail.

A Patent-leather Beetle on the trail.

A Patent-leather Beetle on the trail. 1200
30 <strong>Splendid Earth-boring Beetle</strong>
<em>Geotrupes splendidus</em> / Coleoptera
August 6, 2007<br>
This beetle looked like a piece of polished brass. Pretty classy for a beetle that hunts for dung! It might have been searching for the horse...

Splendid Earth-boring Beetle Geotrupes splendidus / Coleoptera August 6, 2007
This beetle looked like a piece of polished brass. Pretty classy for a beetle that hunts for dung! It might have been searching for the horse...

Splendid Earth-boring Beetle Geotrupes splendidus / Coleoptera August 6, 2007
This beetle looked like a piece of polished brass. Pretty classy for a beetle that hunts for dung! It might have been searching for the horse dung that had been left behind on the hiking trail the previous weekend. Dung beetles are sometimes called "tumblebugs" because they roll balls of dung, deposit the ball underground and then lay an egg on it. Just imagine, dung being used as a form of "baby food"! The flat area in front of the mouth is used as a shovel to move the soil (thus the name "earth boring"). The beetle was injured and crawling on the ground. One of the flight wings is visible at the end of the abdomen.
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31 <strong>Dung Beetle; 
Tumblebug</strong> 
<em>Canthon</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 16, 2008
While hiking at Haw Ridge I saw a small pile of animal scat on the trail and several flies. Suddenly I noticed the scat moved! When I looked more closely I...

Dung Beetle; Tumblebug Canthon spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 16, 2008 While hiking at Haw Ridge I saw a small pile of animal scat on the trail and several flies. Suddenly I noticed the scat moved! When I looked more closely I...

Dung Beetle; Tumblebug Canthon spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 16, 2008 While hiking at Haw Ridge I saw a small pile of animal scat on the trail and several flies. Suddenly I noticed the scat moved! When I looked more closely I could see three small black beetles under the scat balls. They had to compete with the flies. Notice the flat, shovel-shaped area near the mouth which, along with its flattened front legs, the beetle uses to roll the dung balls. These beetles use animal dung as a nursery and a food source for their larvae. Yum, nothing like poop for baby food! :) 1227
32 <strong>Blister Beetle; Oil Beetle</strong>
<em>Meloe</em> spp.
Great Smoky Mountains NP
March 18, 2009

These pretty, gunmetal blue beetles are best enjoyed at a distance. They exude a chemical called <em>cantharidin</em> that causes blisters on ...

Blister Beetle; Oil Beetle Meloe spp. Great Smoky Mountains NP March 18, 2009 These pretty, gunmetal blue beetles are best enjoyed at a distance. They exude a chemical called cantharidin that causes blisters on ...

Blister Beetle; Oil Beetle Meloe spp. Great Smoky Mountains NP March 18, 2009 These pretty, gunmetal blue beetles are best enjoyed at a distance. They exude a chemical called cantharidin that causes blisters on the skin of anyone who handles them. Check out the cool antennae on this beetle! 1340
33 <strong>Dogbane leaf Beetle</strong>
<em>Chrysochus auratus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
June 10, 2008
This was one of the most beautiful beetles I've ever seen! Unfortunately, the camera didn't do justice to the brilliant range of colors it reflected. These...

Dogbane leaf Beetle Chrysochus auratus Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008 This was one of the most beautiful beetles I've ever seen! Unfortunately, the camera didn't do justice to the brilliant range of colors it reflected. These...

Dogbane leaf Beetle Chrysochus auratus Oak Ridge, TN June 10, 2008 This was one of the most beautiful beetles I've ever seen! Unfortunately, the camera didn't do justice to the brilliant range of colors it reflected. These beetles are found on Dogbane plants. 5063
34 <strong>Eastern Hercules Beetle</strong> -  female
<em>Dynastes tityus </em>
Oak Ridge, TN
Sept. 14, 2007
One of my students brought this huge beetle to class. This one is a female, she lacks the "horns" that the male has on his head and thorax.

Eastern Hercules Beetle - female Dynastes tityus Oak Ridge, TN Sept. 14, 2007 One of my students brought this huge beetle to class. This one is a female, she lacks the "horns" that the male has on his head and thorax.

Eastern Hercules Beetle - female Dynastes tityus Oak Ridge, TN Sept. 14, 2007 One of my students brought this huge beetle to class. This one is a female, she lacks the "horns" that the male has on his head and thorax. 1563
35 <strong>Eastern Hercules Beetle</strong> - male
<em>Dynastes tityus</em>
Gatlinburg, TN
August 8, 2008

I noticed this guy stuck (dead) in the covering over the gutter at the UT Field Station during the 2008 Bugguide Gathering. The male Hercules B...

Eastern Hercules Beetle - male Dynastes tityus Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 I noticed this guy stuck (dead) in the covering over the gutter at the UT Field Station during the 2008 Bugguide Gathering. The male Hercules B...

Eastern Hercules Beetle - male Dynastes tityus Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 I noticed this guy stuck (dead) in the covering over the gutter at the UT Field Station during the 2008 Bugguide Gathering. The male Hercules Beetles have the large "horn" used for fighting rival males. 1311
36 <strong>Ox Beetle</strong> - male
<em>Strategus aloeus</em>
Milton, FL
August 30, 2008

This beetle was a dead one that some of my parents' neighborhood kids found. It is a bit hard to see the 3 "horns" on the thorax from this angle. The beetle wa...

Ox Beetle - male Strategus aloeus Milton, FL August 30, 2008 This beetle was a dead one that some of my parents' neighborhood kids found. It is a bit hard to see the 3 "horns" on the thorax from this angle. The beetle wa...

Ox Beetle - male Strategus aloeus Milton, FL August 30, 2008 This beetle was a dead one that some of my parents' neighborhood kids found. It is a bit hard to see the 3 "horns" on the thorax from this angle. The beetle was about 2" long. 1212
37 <strong>Milkweed Beetle</strong>
<em>Labidomera clivicollis</em> / Coleoptera
Like most other insects that eat the poisonous milkweed leaves, this beetle is very brightly colored. Orange and black, yellow and black, and red and black are warning colo...

Milkweed Beetle Labidomera clivicollis / Coleoptera Like most other insects that eat the poisonous milkweed leaves, this beetle is very brightly colored. Orange and black, yellow and black, and red and black are warning colo...

Milkweed Beetle Labidomera clivicollis / Coleoptera Like most other insects that eat the poisonous milkweed leaves, this beetle is very brightly colored. Orange and black, yellow and black, and red and black are warning colors to let predators know that they are either distasteful, venomous, or poisonous. 1880
38 <strong>Pleasing fungus Beetle</strong> 
<em>Megalodacne heros</em>
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
June 20, 2008

We saw this beautiful beetle on the Gregory Ridge trail on our hike back from Gregory Bald. The name "fungus beetle" comes from ...

Pleasing fungus Beetle Megalodacne heros Great Smoky Mountains National Park June 20, 2008 We saw this beautiful beetle on the Gregory Ridge trail on our hike back from Gregory Bald. The name "fungus beetle" comes from ...

Pleasing fungus Beetle Megalodacne heros Great Smoky Mountains National Park June 20, 2008 We saw this beautiful beetle on the Gregory Ridge trail on our hike back from Gregory Bald. The name "fungus beetle" comes from the fact that the larvae and adults eat fungi. The bright coloration makes me wonder if they are poisonous or distasteful. 1244
39 <b>Pleasing Fungus beetle</b>

Pleasing Fungus beetle

Pleasing Fungus beetle This Pleasing Fungus beetle is eating a shelf fungus on a dead tree. 358
40 <strong>Delta Flower Scarab Beetle</strong>
<em>Trigonopeltastes delta</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
June 26, 2008
I found this lovely beetle while I was walking along the Melton Lake Greenway near the Oak Ridge Marina. I like the black and yellow heart shape...

Delta Flower Scarab Beetle Trigonopeltastes delta Oak Ridge, TN June 26, 2008 I found this lovely beetle while I was walking along the Melton Lake Greenway near the Oak Ridge Marina. I like the black and yellow heart shape...

Delta Flower Scarab Beetle Trigonopeltastes delta Oak Ridge, TN June 26, 2008 I found this lovely beetle while I was walking along the Melton Lake Greenway near the Oak Ridge Marina. I like the black and yellow heart shape on the thorax. The abdomen interested me because it was flat, almost as though it had been cut off. 1044
41 <strong>Green June Beetle; Junebug</strong>
<em>Cotinis nitida</em> / Coleoptera
Santa Rosa Co., FL
Sept. 1, 2007
I found this beetle on the beach, it was nearly dead. Normally, these insects are difficult to photograph because they are quite activ...

Green June Beetle; Junebug Cotinis nitida / Coleoptera Santa Rosa Co., FL Sept. 1, 2007 I found this beetle on the beach, it was nearly dead. Normally, these insects are difficult to photograph because they are quite activ...

Green June Beetle; Junebug Cotinis nitida / Coleoptera Santa Rosa Co., FL Sept. 1, 2007 I found this beetle on the beach, it was nearly dead. Normally, these insects are difficult to photograph because they are quite active, flying close to the ground. Junebugs lay their eggs in soil and emerge as large, white grubs. When my husband was a boy, he would catch these beetles and tie a thread around a leg to let them fly in circles over his head. 1546
42 <strong>Japanese Beetle</strong> 
<em>Popillia japonica*</em> / Coleoptera
June 11, 2007
These non-native beetles are a major problem in many parts of the south. They cause damage to many kinds of plants when they eat them. This beetle is eating a w...

Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica* / Coleoptera June 11, 2007 These non-native beetles are a major problem in many parts of the south. They cause damage to many kinds of plants when they eat them. This beetle is eating a w...

Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica* / Coleoptera June 11, 2007 These non-native beetles are a major problem in many parts of the south. They cause damage to many kinds of plants when they eat them. This beetle is eating a wild rose. I remember seeing a large elm tree at East Tennessee State University being completely defoliated by Japanese beetles (I worked there in the medical school in the late 1970's). 1356
43 Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle 957
44 This is why Japanese Beetles are such a problem, they can defoliate a plant in a short amount of time! All they do is eat, poop, and reproduce!

This is why Japanese Beetles are such a problem, they can defoliate a plant in a short amount of time! All they do is eat, poop, and reproduce!

This is why Japanese Beetles are such a problem, they can defoliate a plant in a short amount of time! All they do is eat, poop, and reproduce! 905
45 <strong>June Beetle; May Beetle</strong>
<em>Phyllophaga</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 2008

These brown beetles are commonly seen on screens of windows and doors on summer nights. Check out the interesting antennae!

June Beetle; May Beetle Phyllophaga spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 2008 These brown beetles are commonly seen on screens of windows and doors on summer nights. Check out the interesting antennae!

June Beetle; May Beetle Phyllophaga spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 2008 These brown beetles are commonly seen on screens of windows and doors on summer nights. Check out the interesting antennae! 1830
46 This fuzzy Beetle has the pollinia of Milkweed on its rear legs.

This fuzzy Beetle has the pollinia of Milkweed on its rear legs.

This fuzzy Beetle has the pollinia of Milkweed on its rear legs. 1037
47 <strong>Click Beetle</strong>
<em>Melanotus</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 11, 2008

We collected this click beetle by shaking the branch of a shrub over a beat sheet at Science Camp. These beetles are fun to watch. If they get turned upside down, t...

Click Beetle Melanotus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 11, 2008 We collected this click beetle by shaking the branch of a shrub over a beat sheet at Science Camp. These beetles are fun to watch. If they get turned upside down, t...

Click Beetle Melanotus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 11, 2008 We collected this click beetle by shaking the branch of a shrub over a beat sheet at Science Camp. These beetles are fun to watch. If they get turned upside down, they can rapidly flip their hinged thorax and abdomen to turn themselves upright again. Note the deep groove between the thorax and abdomen. 1366
48 <strong>Eastern Eyed Click Beetle</strong>
<em>Alaus oculatus</em> / Coleoptera
My husband saw this huge beetle when it flew in front of his face as we were hiking in Florida (we also have these beetles in east Tennessee). The false eyes are thought ...

Eastern Eyed Click Beetle Alaus oculatus / Coleoptera My husband saw this huge beetle when it flew in front of his face as we were hiking in Florida (we also have these beetles in east Tennessee). The false eyes are thought ...

Eastern Eyed Click Beetle Alaus oculatus / Coleoptera My husband saw this huge beetle when it flew in front of his face as we were hiking in Florida (we also have these beetles in east Tennessee). The false eyes are thought to scare birds and other predators away. Click beetles have a hinged thorax, so if they get turned upside down, they can flip back upright. Their larvae are called "wireworms", they live in decaying trees. 1807
49 <strong>Firefly; Lightning Bug</strong>
<em>Photuris lucicrescens</em> / Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
June 4, 2008

This is probably one of the most favorite insects of many children. I remember filling the bottom of a glass jar with fireflies (a.k.a ...

Firefly; Lightning Bug Photuris lucicrescens / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 4, 2008 This is probably one of the most favorite insects of many children. I remember filling the bottom of a glass jar with fireflies (a.k.a ...

Firefly; Lightning Bug Photuris lucicrescens / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 4, 2008 This is probably one of the most favorite insects of many children. I remember filling the bottom of a glass jar with fireflies (a.k.a "Lightning bugs") when I was a kid. It was fun to watch them light up in my room before I went to sleep! A Firefly / Lightning bug is neither a fly nor a bug, it is a beetle. This one is a male, the following photo shows the light-producing segments on his abdomen. Males fly above the ground in order to attract the attention of the females below. Each species has its own flash pattern. The female one species will flash the pattern of another, when the male comes down to mate she quickly makes a meal of him! Yet another sneaky female insect! :) Here is a good website to explain the highly complicated chemical process: Firefly lighting process 963
50 <strong>Firefly; Lightning Bug</strong>
<em>Photuris lucicrescens</em>
This is a photo looking at the underneath side of a firefly. I found it on a pane of glass in a door, making it convenient to take the photograph. Note the 2 large yellow segments...

Firefly; Lightning Bug Photuris lucicrescens This is a photo looking at the underneath side of a firefly. I found it on a pane of glass in a door, making it convenient to take the photograph. Note the 2 large yellow segments...

Firefly; Lightning Bug Photuris lucicrescens This is a photo looking at the underneath side of a firefly. I found it on a pane of glass in a door, making it convenient to take the photograph. Note the 2 large yellow segments on the end of the abdomen, these are the lighting segments of the male. The female of this species has a single, smaller lighting segment. She flashes if she is interested in a flashing pattern of a male as he flies above her at night. Note his huge compound eyes, they make it easier for him to see a potential mate at night. 879
51 Fireflies have large eyes for nocturnal vision.

Fireflies have large eyes for nocturnal vision.

Fireflies have large eyes for nocturnal vision. 863
52 <em>Lucidota atra</em>

A diurnal Firefly does not light up as adults, they do their shining as larvae. Note how its head is shielded by the red, yellow, and black thorax.

Lucidota atra A diurnal Firefly does not light up as adults, they do their shining as larvae. Note how its head is shielded by the red, yellow, and black thorax.

Lucidota atra A diurnal Firefly does not light up as adults, they do their shining as larvae. Note how its head is shielded by the red, yellow, and black thorax. 1060
53 A diunral Firefly viewed from below.

A diunral Firefly viewed from below.

A diunral Firefly viewed from below. 803
54 <strong>Flower Longhorn Beetles</strong>
<em>Typocerus velutinus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
June 14, 2008

Unfortunately, I was able to snap only this photo before this pair flew off. I was glad to catch the male (l) and female(r) together on a magnolia f...

Flower Longhorn Beetles Typocerus velutinus Oak Ridge, TN June 14, 2008 Unfortunately, I was able to snap only this photo before this pair flew off. I was glad to catch the male (l) and female(r) together on a magnolia f...

Flower Longhorn Beetles Typocerus velutinus Oak Ridge, TN June 14, 2008 Unfortunately, I was able to snap only this photo before this pair flew off. I was glad to catch the male (l) and female(r) together on a magnolia flower. There is a major difference between the size and shape of the male and female beetles. 1058
55 <strong>Elder Borer</strong>
<em>Desmocerus palliatus</em>
Great Smoky Mountains NP
August 9, 2008

This beautiful beetle caused quite a bit of excitement with the Bugguide group as we hiked on a trail below Clingman's Dome. It was quite patient w...

Elder Borer Desmocerus palliatus Great Smoky Mountains NP August 9, 2008 This beautiful beetle caused quite a bit of excitement with the Bugguide group as we hiked on a trail below Clingman's Dome. It was quite patient w...

Elder Borer Desmocerus palliatus Great Smoky Mountains NP August 9, 2008 This beautiful beetle caused quite a bit of excitement with the Bugguide group as we hiked on a trail below Clingman's Dome. It was quite patient with the insect "paparazzi" as several people snapped photos! 945
56 <strong>Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle  </strong>
<em>Eburia haldemani</em>
Gatlinburg, TN
August 8, 2008
 
This was my second big discovery of the night (after the dead Hercules beetle). It was on the wall of the Field Station house, attracted to t...

Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle Eburia haldemani Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 This was my second big discovery of the night (after the dead Hercules beetle). It was on the wall of the Field Station house, attracted to t...

Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle Eburia haldemani Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 This was my second big discovery of the night (after the dead Hercules beetle). It was on the wall of the Field Station house, attracted to the light. The following photo shows a close up of the eyes, it is interesting how they form a "C" shape and wrap around the antennae. 1565
57 <strong>Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle  </strong>
<em>Eburia haldemani</em>
Gatlinburg, TN
August 8, 2008 

Note how the compound eyes wrap around the antennae of this beetle.

Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle Eburia haldemani Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 Note how the compound eyes wrap around the antennae of this beetle.

Ivory-marked Longhorn Beetle Eburia haldemani Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 Note how the compound eyes wrap around the antennae of this beetle. 1088
58 <strong>Locust borer</strong>
<em>Megacyllene robiniae</em> / Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
June 3, 2008
Science camp is a great place to get photos of insects, there are a bunch of excited kids who love to show me their discoveries! This Locust Borer b...

Locust borer Megacyllene robiniae / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 3, 2008 Science camp is a great place to get photos of insects, there are a bunch of excited kids who love to show me their discoveries! This Locust Borer b...

Locust borer Megacyllene robiniae / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 3, 2008 Science camp is a great place to get photos of insects, there are a bunch of excited kids who love to show me their discoveries! This Locust Borer beetle was one that they found and brought to me in a collection jar (which explains the reflection!). These beetles lay their eggs in the bark of black locust trees, the larvae tunnel into the trunk and branches, which can cause significant damage to the affected trees. 1449
59 <strong>Sculptured Pine Borer Beetle</strong>
<em>Chalcophora virginiensis</em> / Coleoptera
Oak Ridge, TN
June 4, 2008

Sculptured Pine Borer Beetle Chalcophora virginiensis / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 4, 2008

Sculptured Pine Borer Beetle Chalcophora virginiensis / Coleoptera Oak Ridge, TN June 4, 2008 1158
60 <strong>Large Whirligig Beetles</strong>
<em>Dineutus</em> spp. / Coleoptera
May 26, 2007
These aquatic beetles are fun to watch as they spin around in circles on top of the water like little black bumper cars! They are not easy to photograph becaus...

Large Whirligig Beetles Dineutus spp. / Coleoptera May 26, 2007 These aquatic beetles are fun to watch as they spin around in circles on top of the water like little black bumper cars! They are not easy to photograph becaus...

Large Whirligig Beetles Dineutus spp. / Coleoptera May 26, 2007 These aquatic beetles are fun to watch as they spin around in circles on top of the water like little black bumper cars! They are not easy to photograph because they move so fast. There were 3 of these beetles, but I could only catch 2 of them in this photo. Whirligig beetles have split compound eyes, the upper part allows them to see above the water, the lower part allows them to see below the water at the same time. I could find only the genus name for this insect. According to my Audubon Insect Field Guide the only way to identify the species is to get up close and personal with the posterior end of the male! Since I'm not an entomologist (insect scientist) and I wouldn't have a clue how to examine the rear end of a hyperactive beetle, I'll just be happy with the genus name! :) These beetles eat small insects that fall into the water. 1263
61 <strong>Large Whirligig Beetle</strong>
<em>Dineutus</em> spp. 
Taking this photo was quite a challenge. It is nearly impossible to take a photo of a moving target with a macro lens! I had to stand in the water at the edge of the lake to get this pho...

Large Whirligig Beetle Dineutus spp. Taking this photo was quite a challenge. It is nearly impossible to take a photo of a moving target with a macro lens! I had to stand in the water at the edge of the lake to get this pho...

Large Whirligig Beetle Dineutus spp. Taking this photo was quite a challenge. It is nearly impossible to take a photo of a moving target with a macro lens! I had to stand in the water at the edge of the lake to get this photo. These interesting beetles have 2 sets of eyes, one set to see below the water, the other set to see above. They swim rapidly in circles in search of food on the surface of the water. 962
62 <strong>Water Scavenger Beetle</strong>

This aquatic beetle was photographed in a pond at Haw Ridge.

Water Scavenger Beetle This aquatic beetle was photographed in a pond at Haw Ridge.

Water Scavenger Beetle This aquatic beetle was photographed in a pond at Haw Ridge. 1138
63 <strong>Margined Leatherwing Beetle</strong>
<em>Chauliognathus marginatus</em> / Coleoptera
This beetle is snacking on the pollen of a Western Sunflower. Beetles are so "intellectually challenged" that they only go to simple bowl shaped flowers.

Margined Leatherwing Beetle Chauliognathus marginatus / Coleoptera This beetle is snacking on the pollen of a Western Sunflower. Beetles are so "intellectually challenged" that they only go to simple bowl shaped flowers.

Margined Leatherwing Beetle Chauliognathus marginatus / Coleoptera This beetle is snacking on the pollen of a Western Sunflower. Beetles are so "intellectually challenged" that they only go to simple bowl shaped flowers. 1486
64 This <strong>Weevil</strong> is on a Fleabane, it may eat the tiny yellow disk flowers. Weevils are a type of beetle. They are known for their elongated mouthparts, which may look like a "nose" to some people. The most famous, or maybe infamous, weevil...

This Weevil is on a Fleabane, it may eat the tiny yellow disk flowers. Weevils are a type of beetle. They are known for their elongated mouthparts, which may look like a "nose" to some people. The most famous, or maybe infamous, weevil...

This Weevil is on a Fleabane, it may eat the tiny yellow disk flowers. Weevils are a type of beetle. They are known for their elongated mouthparts, which may look like a "nose" to some people. The most famous, or maybe infamous, weevil is the Cotton Boll Weevil, which before the advent of pesticides, could devastate a cotton crop. 984
65 Weevil I spotted this tiny (~1/8") black weevil while photographing wildflowers at Norris Dam State Park in April 2008. It was on a Spring Beauty flower. Weevils have unusual mouthparts (mandibles) in that they are located at the end of the long, pro...

Weevil I spotted this tiny (~1/8") black weevil while photographing wildflowers at Norris Dam State Park in April 2008. It was on a Spring Beauty flower. Weevils have unusual mouthparts (mandibles) in that they are located at the end of the long, pro...

Weevil I spotted this tiny (~1/8") black weevil while photographing wildflowers at Norris Dam State Park in April 2008. It was on a Spring Beauty flower. Weevils have unusual mouthparts (mandibles) in that they are located at the end of the long, pro... Weevil I spotted this tiny (~1/8") black weevil while photographing wildflowers at Norris Dam State Park in April 2008. It was on a Spring Beauty flower. Weevils have unusual mouthparts (mandibles) in that they are located at the end of their proboscis, the long, protruding "nose-looking thing". These odd beetles are plant and seed eaters. One of the most infamous of this group is the Cotton Boll Weevil. 1241
66 <strong>Broad-nosed Weevil </strong>
<em>Pandeleteius</em> sp.
Oak Ridge, TN
September 16, 2008

I found this beetle crawling on the wall at my school.

Broad-nosed Weevil Pandeleteius sp. Oak Ridge, TN September 16, 2008 I found this beetle crawling on the wall at my school.

Broad-nosed Weevil Pandeleteius sp. Oak Ridge, TN September 16, 2008 I found this beetle crawling on the wall at my school. 1224
67 <strong>Tumbling Flower Beetle </strong> -pair
<em>Mordella</em> spp.

Tumbling Flower Beetle -pair Mordella spp.

Tumbling Flower Beetle -pair Mordella spp. 981
68 <strong>Tumbling Flower Beetle</strong>
<em>Mordella</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 14, 2008

These little beetles are very distinctive because of their little "tail" at the end of the abdomen. They are very common on flowers. This one is on the fal...

Tumbling Flower Beetle Mordella spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 14, 2008 These little beetles are very distinctive because of their little "tail" at the end of the abdomen. They are very common on flowers. This one is on the fal...

Tumbling Flower Beetle Mordella spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 14, 2008 These little beetles are very distinctive because of their little "tail" at the end of the abdomen. They are very common on flowers. This one is on the fallen stamens of a magnolia flower. 767
69 <strong>Six-spotted Tiger Beetle</strong> 
<em>Cicindela sexguttata</em> / Coleoptera
It is always a treat to have one of these beautiful, metallic green beetles land in front of you on a hiking trail! They are one of the most interesting insects you...

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Cicindela sexguttata / Coleoptera It is always a treat to have one of these beautiful, metallic green beetles land in front of you on a hiking trail! They are one of the most interesting insects you...

Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Cicindela sexguttata / Coleoptera It is always a treat to have one of these beautiful, metallic green beetles land in front of you on a hiking trail! They are one of the most interesting insects you might encounter in the woods. Often the adults will land in front of you on a trail and fly a few feet ahead when you get a little too close. It is almost like playing "leapfrog" with a beetle! They are quite voracious predators in both the adult and the larval phases. The larvae live in holes in the ground from which they emerge to grab passing insect prey. Insects and kids are so hard to photograph, they are never still! 1487
70 Close-up of Tiger Beetle

Close-up of Tiger Beetle

Close-up of Tiger Beetle When I put my camera on the log with this beetle it turned around and challenged me! I guess when you have a set of choppers like those, you aren't scared of anyone! Another beetle flew down and landed near my hand. 1115
71 <strong>Bronzed Tiger Beetle</strong>
<em>Cicindela repanda</em>
Milton, FL

Tiger Beetles are among the most hyperactive insects I have ever seen! I found these beetles on the beach in Florida. Even the "amorous" ones could run really fast. I had ...

Bronzed Tiger Beetle Cicindela repanda Milton, FL Tiger Beetles are among the most hyperactive insects I have ever seen! I found these beetles on the beach in Florida. Even the "amorous" ones could run really fast. I had ...

Bronzed Tiger Beetle Cicindela repanda Milton, FL Tiger Beetles are among the most hyperactive insects I have ever seen! I found these beetles on the beach in Florida. Even the "amorous" ones could run really fast. I had a hard time catching them being still long enough to get this photo. The third beetle is on the move! 1075
72 Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle

Tiger Beetle 892
73 <strong>Water Penny Beetle larva</strong>

Water Penny Beetle larva

Water Penny Beetle larva Psephenus spp. / Coleoptera June 18, 2007 The flat brown animal in this photo is a Water Penny, an aquatic beetle larva. The first time I saw one on the bottom of a rock I thought it was a piece of a dead leaf. Suddenly, the "leaf" moved slowly and I was surprised to find out it was alive! 1153
74 <strong>Boxelder Bug</strong> 
<em>Boisea trivittatus</em> / Hemiptera

This adult Boxelder Bug and the two nymphs have bright red and black markings, a signal that they are poisonous if eaten. 
These are "true bugs" in the order <em>Hemiptera</em>...

Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittatus / Hemiptera This adult Boxelder Bug and the two nymphs have bright red and black markings, a signal that they are poisonous if eaten. These are "true bugs" in the order Hemiptera...

Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittatus / Hemiptera This adult Boxelder Bug and the two nymphs have bright red and black markings, a signal that they are poisonous if eaten. These are "true bugs" in the order Hemiptera (meaning "half-wing"), they have four wings that cross over in an "X" shape and piercing mouth parts for drinking liquids. They also have large, round "bug eyes". True bugs, grasshoppers, dragonflies and roaches go through incomplete metamorphosis. They start out life as a nymph, which looks much like the adult stage, but without wings. 2634
75 <strong>Boxelder Bug</strong>
<em>Boisea trivittatus</em> / Hemiptera
Nov. 29, 2007
Boxelder bugs are not harmful, but they can be pesky if they invade homes in the winter. During the summer they lay their eggs on the leaves, branches, and trunks of...

Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittatus / Hemiptera Nov. 29, 2007 Boxelder bugs are not harmful, but they can be pesky if they invade homes in the winter. During the summer they lay their eggs on the leaves, branches, and trunks of...

Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittatus / Hemiptera Nov. 29, 2007 Boxelder bugs are not harmful, but they can be pesky if they invade homes in the winter. During the summer they lay their eggs on the leaves, branches, and trunks of female boxelder trees. I have not read that they are poisonous, but I would suspect they are distasteful due to their red and black coloration. They look similar to the Milkweed bug. 1448
76 A mass of Boxelder bugs warming in the sun

A mass of Boxelder bugs warming in the sun

A mass of Boxelder bugs warming in the sun 1552
77 A  mass of Boxelder bug on the back steps of our house on Feb. 7, 2009.

A mass of Boxelder bug on the back steps of our house on Feb. 7, 2009.

A mass of Boxelder bug on the back steps of our house on Feb. 7, 2009. 1294
78 These nymphs had just recently hatched from the empty white eggs and were clustered together on the back of a leaf. Since they were on a Boxelder tree, my guess is that they are Boxelder Bug nymphs. I assume they cluster together to make themselves loo...

These nymphs had just recently hatched from the empty white eggs and were clustered together on the back of a leaf. Since they were on a Boxelder tree, my guess is that they are Boxelder Bug nymphs. I assume they cluster together to make themselves loo...

These nymphs had just recently hatched from the empty white eggs and were clustered together on the back of a leaf. Since they were on a Boxelder tree, my guess is that they are Boxelder Bug nymphs. I assume they cluster together to make themselves look like a larger organism to potential predators. Unlike caterpillars and some other "baby" insects, these nymphs don't eat their eggshells. But, with a piercing mouthpart, I guess that would be pretty hard to do! 2239
79 <strong>Large Milkweed Bug</strong>
<em>Oncopeltus fasciatus</em> / Hemiptera
Oak Ridge, TN
June 19, 2008

Milkweed Bugs feed on the seeds and flower nectar of Milkweed plants. The bright black and orange colors of the bugs are a warning to birds ...

Large Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus / Hemiptera Oak Ridge, TN June 19, 2008 Milkweed Bugs feed on the seeds and flower nectar of Milkweed plants. The bright black and orange colors of the bugs are a warning to birds ...

Large Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus / Hemiptera Oak Ridge, TN June 19, 2008 Milkweed Bugs feed on the seeds and flower nectar of Milkweed plants. The bright black and orange colors of the bugs are a warning to birds and other predators that they have a bad taste. 1549
80 This close-up of a Milkweed bug's head shows how it uses the long mouthpart to drink nectar from the Milkweed flowers. Unlike the Milkweed Beetle, it does not eat the flower.

This close-up of a Milkweed bug's head shows how it uses the long mouthpart to drink nectar from the Milkweed flowers. Unlike the Milkweed Beetle, it does not eat the flower.

This close-up of a Milkweed bug's head shows how it uses the long mouthpart to drink nectar from the Milkweed flowers. Unlike the Milkweed Beetle, it does not eat the flower. 942
81 <strong>Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymph</strong>
<em>Euthyrhynchus floridanus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
September 23, 2008

One of my students found this nymph at school during an insect hunt. It is a beautiful creature with its brilliant red and gunme...

Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymph Euthyrhynchus floridanus Oak Ridge, TN September 23, 2008 One of my students found this nymph at school during an insect hunt. It is a beautiful creature with its brilliant red and gunme...

Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymph Euthyrhynchus floridanus Oak Ridge, TN September 23, 2008 One of my students found this nymph at school during an insect hunt. It is a beautiful creature with its brilliant red and gunmetal blue-black colors. It has a piercing mouthpart that it uses to drink fluids from its prey. 3163
82 <strong>Shield Bug</strong>
<em>Brochymena</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 11, 2008

We found this Shield Bug eating a caterpillar during a walk through the field at the 2008 AMSE Science Camp. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the harpoon-like...

Shield Bug Brochymena spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 11, 2008 We found this Shield Bug eating a caterpillar during a walk through the field at the 2008 AMSE Science Camp. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the harpoon-like...

Shield Bug Brochymena spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 11, 2008 We found this Shield Bug eating a caterpillar during a walk through the field at the 2008 AMSE Science Camp. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the harpoon-like piercing mouthpart (brown part) of the bug. It appears to be kept in a "sheath" when not in use. How cool is that!? 1164
83 This is a green Stinkbug nymph. Note the small, undeveloped wings. It will probably have fully developed wings after its next molt. The piercing mouthpart is not visible in this photo, see following photo.

This is a green Stinkbug nymph. Note the small, undeveloped wings. It will probably have fully developed wings after its next molt. The piercing mouthpart is not visible in this photo, see following photo.

This is a green Stinkbug nymph. Note the small, undeveloped wings. It will probably have fully developed wings after its next molt. The piercing mouthpart is not visible in this photo, see following photo. 1019
84 Here is a ventral (lower) view of the same Stinkbug nymph. I flipped it on its back to be able to show the piercing mouthpart, the thorax, and the abdomen. Note the tiny black dots on the abdomen, those are the <em>spiracles</em>, or "breathing holes".

Here is a ventral (lower) view of the same Stinkbug nymph. I flipped it on its back to be able to show the piercing mouthpart, the thorax, and the abdomen. Note the tiny black dots on the abdomen, those are the spiracles, or "breathing holes".

Here is a ventral (lower) view of the same Stinkbug nymph. I flipped it on its back to be able to show the piercing mouthpart, the thorax, and the abdomen. Note the tiny black dots on the abdomen, those are the spiracles, or "breathing holes". 848
85 <strong>Water Strider</strong> 
<em>Gerris remigis</em> / Hemiptera
These are fascinating insects, they can walk on water! Their long legs have tiny hairs on the ends that evenly distribute the insect's weight allowing it to walk on the surface tensi...

Water Strider Gerris remigis / Hemiptera These are fascinating insects, they can walk on water! Their long legs have tiny hairs on the ends that evenly distribute the insect's weight allowing it to walk on the surface tensi...

Water Strider Gerris remigis / Hemiptera These are fascinating insects, they can walk on water! Their long legs have tiny hairs on the ends that evenly distribute the insect's weight allowing it to walk on the surface tension of the water. They are in the order "Hemiptera", meaning they are true bugs. They have piercing mouthparts, so they can bite! The adults have wings and can fly. The nymphs look much like the adults, but they don't have wings. It is easy to see the indentions in the surface tension from this Water strider's shadow. 1002
86 This photo shows how the Water Strider's legs indent the surface of the water.

This photo shows how the Water Strider's legs indent the surface of the water.

This photo shows how the Water Strider's legs indent the surface of the water. 664
87 <strong>Giant Water Bug</strong> <em>Belostoma</em> spp.? Milton, FLAugust 30, 2008

Giant Water Bug Belostoma spp.? Milton, FLAugust 30, 2008

Giant Water Bug Belostoma spp.? Milton, FLAugust 30, 2008 I found this ~1" insect in my parents' swimming pool when I was skimming it out. I thought it was a leaf, then it moved! They can inflict a painful bite if handled. I was surprised it was not bothered by the chlorine in the water. 2899
88 <strong>Florida Leaf-footed Bug</strong>
<em>Acanthocephala femorata</em> / Hemiptera
May 27, 2007
Although this is called a <u>Florida</u> Leaf-footed Bug, I found it at Haw Ridge in TN! The hind legs have a broad, flat area, giving the bug its' co...

Florida Leaf-footed Bug Acanthocephala femorata / Hemiptera May 27, 2007 Although this is called a Florida Leaf-footed Bug, I found it at Haw Ridge in TN! The hind legs have a broad, flat area, giving the bug its' co...

Florida Leaf-footed Bug Acanthocephala femorata / Hemiptera May 27, 2007 Although this is called a Florida Leaf-footed Bug, I found it at Haw Ridge in TN! The hind legs have a broad, flat area, giving the bug its' common name. I like the orange antennae. 1197
89 <b>Florida Leaf-footed Bug</b>  <i>Acanthocephala femorata</i> / Hemiptera

Florida Leaf-footed Bug Acanthocephala femorata / Hemiptera

Florida Leaf-footed Bug Acanthocephala femorata / Hemiptera 1117
90 <strong>Leaf-footed Bug with  Parasites</strong>

My husband found this Leaf-footed Bug crawling on his leg after we had been outside. He noticed 3 tiny white dots on its head and I assumed they were eggs from another insect. After taking this photo ...

Leaf-footed Bug with Parasites My husband found this Leaf-footed Bug crawling on his leg after we had been outside. He noticed 3 tiny white dots on its head and I assumed they were eggs from another insect. After taking this photo ...

Leaf-footed Bug with Parasites My husband found this Leaf-footed Bug crawling on his leg after we had been outside. He noticed 3 tiny white dots on its head and I assumed they were eggs from another insect. After taking this photo we took the bug outside and removed one of the "eggs". I used a 60X hand-held microscope to look at one of them. What a surprise it was to see a small head and tiny legs! They were parasites, probably a type of mite. The humor of "debugging a bug" didn't escape Kenny since he is a computer programmer! :) Note the long probing proboscis (mouth). Leaf-footed bugs eat plant juices, it was probably trying to see if Kenny's finger was a source of food! 1141
91 <strong>Wheel Bug</strong>
<em>Arilus cristatus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
July 31, 2009

I spotted this insect while I was at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. These are one of those "look, but don't touch" bugs, that large mouth can inflict a painf...

Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus Oak Ridge, TN July 31, 2009 I spotted this insect while I was at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. These are one of those "look, but don't touch" bugs, that large mouth can inflict a painf...

Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus Oak Ridge, TN July 31, 2009 I spotted this insect while I was at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. These are one of those "look, but don't touch" bugs, that large mouth can inflict a painful bite! They eat caterpillars and other insects. I think they should be called "Gear Bugs" instead of Wheel Bugs because of the round, toothed part of the thorax! 1321
92 <strong>Ringed Assassin Bug</strong>
<em>Pselliopus</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 30, 2008
This Assassin Bug is wearing the black and white stripes of a "jailbird". It has pierced the abdomen of the small black wasp. I noticed it on my milkweed leav...

Ringed Assassin Bug Pselliopus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 30, 2008 This Assassin Bug is wearing the black and white stripes of a "jailbird". It has pierced the abdomen of the small black wasp. I noticed it on my milkweed leav...

Ringed Assassin Bug Pselliopus spp. Oak Ridge, TN June 30, 2008 This Assassin Bug is wearing the black and white stripes of a "jailbird". It has pierced the abdomen of the small black wasp. I noticed it on my milkweed leaves late one evening. 1139
93 <strong>Bee Assasin Bug</strong>
<em>Apiomerus crassipes</em>
Oak Ridge, TN 
May 2008

Bee Assasin Bug Apiomerus crassipes Oak Ridge, TN May 2008

Bee Assasin Bug Apiomerus crassipes Oak Ridge, TN May 2008 1182
94 An Assasin bug nymph on a Passionflower bud.

An Assasin bug nymph on a Passionflower bud.

An Assasin bug nymph on a Passionflower bud. 1090
95 <strong>Thread-legged Assasin Bug </strong>
<em>Emesaya brevipennis</em>
Gatlinburg, TN
August 8, 2008

Thanks to the observant Bugguide folks for spotting this strange creature! It was hanging around in a spiderweb up in a doorframe at the UT Fie...

Thread-legged Assasin Bug Emesaya brevipennis Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 Thanks to the observant Bugguide folks for spotting this strange creature! It was hanging around in a spiderweb up in a doorframe at the UT Fie...

Thread-legged Assasin Bug Emesaya brevipennis Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 Thanks to the observant Bugguide folks for spotting this strange creature! It was hanging around in a spiderweb up in a doorframe at the UT Field Station. It had obviously been there quite awhile since its molted exoskeleton can be seen in the upper right corner of the photo. Perhaps it eats the spider's prey. I had to stand on a concrete block to get close enough to get this photo! 964
96 <strong>Stilt Bug</strong> 
<em>Neoneides muticus</em>
July 2008

Stilt Bug Neoneides muticus July 2008

Stilt Bug Neoneides muticus July 2008 941
97 I was amazed to watch this Assassin Bug Nymph stalk this Spider. The bug used its long antennae to feel for a vulnerable spot to attack the spider for over an hour. The following photo shows what I saw when I came back after eating supper...

I was amazed to watch this Assassin Bug Nymph stalk this Spider. The bug used its long antennae to feel for a vulnerable spot to attack the spider for over an hour. The following photo shows what I saw when I came back after eating supper...

I was amazed to watch this Assassin Bug Nymph stalk this Spider. The bug used its long antennae to feel for a vulnerable spot to attack the spider for over an hour. The following photo shows what I saw when I came back after eating supper... 913
98 A Role-reversal! An Assassin Bug Nymph is eating a Spider!

A Role-reversal! An Assassin Bug Nymph is eating a Spider!

A Role-reversal! An Assassin Bug Nymph is eating a Spider! 865
99 I found this <strong>Ambush Bug</strong> while I was photographing Fly Poison at the UT Arboretum. There was the exoskeleton of a spider at the base of the flower stalk, possibly a victim of the bug. Ambush bugs have a long piercing mouthpart used for ...

I found this Ambush Bug while I was photographing Fly Poison at the UT Arboretum. There was the exoskeleton of a spider at the base of the flower stalk, possibly a victim of the bug. Ambush bugs have a long piercing mouthpart used for ...

I found this Ambush Bug while I was photographing Fly Poison at the UT Arboretum. There was the exoskeleton of a spider at the base of the flower stalk, possibly a victim of the bug. Ambush bugs have a long piercing mouthpart used for draining insects of their body fluids. This insect stays very still on the buds of the Fly Poison until an unsuspecting victim lands on the flowers. 1118
100 Do you see the white <strong>Ambush Bug</strong> (genus <em>Phymata</em>) nymph hiding on the daisy? If you didn't notice it quickly, a bee or fly certainly wouldn't until it was too late! These insects are well camouflaged, they can be greenish-yellow...

Do you see the white Ambush Bug (genus Phymata) nymph hiding on the daisy? If you didn't notice it quickly, a bee or fly certainly wouldn't until it was too late! These insects are well camouflaged, they can be greenish-yellow...

Do you see the white Ambush Bug (genus Phymata) nymph hiding on the daisy? If you didn't notice it quickly, a bee or fly certainly wouldn't until it was too late! These insects are well camouflaged, they can be greenish-yellow, white, or brown. If you didn't see it, look on the ray flower (petal) at the 3:00 position. 1191
101 This <strong>Ambush Bug Nymph</strong> was so well-camouflaged among the Smartweed flowers I almost missed seeing it. If it had been pure white instead of having the bluish tinge, I probably wouldn't have seen it. Insects are <u>so</u> amazing! I found...

This Ambush Bug Nymph was so well-camouflaged among the Smartweed flowers I almost missed seeing it. If it had been pure white instead of having the bluish tinge, I probably wouldn't have seen it. Insects are so amazing! I found...

This Ambush Bug Nymph was so well-camouflaged among the Smartweed flowers I almost missed seeing it. If it had been pure white instead of having the bluish tinge, I probably wouldn't have seen it. Insects are so amazing! I found this little guy in Munson, FL. 977
102 Ambush Bug 
Hemiptera
Jefferson Middle School
August 14, 2008

These bugs are so ugly they are cute! I just love that "face"! Note the raptorial front legs, they are used for capturing unsuspecting prey.

Ambush Bug Hemiptera Jefferson Middle School August 14, 2008 These bugs are so ugly they are cute! I just love that "face"! Note the raptorial front legs, they are used for capturing unsuspecting prey.

Ambush Bug Hemiptera Jefferson Middle School August 14, 2008 These bugs are so ugly they are cute! I just love that "face"! Note the raptorial front legs, they are used for capturing unsuspecting prey. 850
103 I enjoyed seeing these red bug nymphs on this leaf in a "defense circle", they reminded me a bit of musk oxen when they stand head out in a circle to protect their young.

I enjoyed seeing these red bug nymphs on this leaf in a "defense circle", they reminded me a bit of musk oxen when they stand head out in a circle to protect their young.

I enjoyed seeing these red bug nymphs on this leaf in a "defense circle", they reminded me a bit of musk oxen when they stand head out in a circle to protect their young. 1184
104 These interesting ambush bug eggs were on the basement window screen.

These interesting ambush bug eggs were on the basement window screen.

These interesting ambush bug eggs were on the basement window screen. 929
105 <strong>Backswimmer</strong>
<em>Notonecta</em> spp. / True Bug Family (Heteroptera)

Backswimmers are aquatic insects, as their common name attests, they swim upside-down. Being true bugs, they have piercing mouthparts and can bite if handled. The ...

Backswimmer Notonecta spp. / True Bug Family (Heteroptera) Backswimmers are aquatic insects, as their common name attests, they swim upside-down. Being true bugs, they have piercing mouthparts and can bite if handled. The ...

Backswimmer Notonecta spp. / True Bug Family (Heteroptera) Backswimmers are aquatic insects, as their common name attests, they swim upside-down. Being true bugs, they have piercing mouthparts and can bite if handled. The long rear legs are used like oars. They keep their abdomen in contact with the surface of the water in order to breathe. This photo was taken through the surface of the water with a telephoto lens and cropped heavily, so it is not the best quality! 893
106 <strong>Meadow Spittlebug Nymphs</strong>
<em>Philaenus spumarius</em><br>
This "Spittlebug Condo" was on a plant in a field along the Cumberland Trail. There were several of the nymphs sharing this bubble home. The nymphs are green and black, two ar...

Meadow Spittlebug Nymphs Philaenus spumarius
This "Spittlebug Condo" was on a plant in a field along the Cumberland Trail. There were several of the nymphs sharing this bubble home. The nymphs are green and black, two ar...

Meadow Spittlebug Nymphs Philaenus spumarius
This "Spittlebug Condo" was on a plant in a field along the Cumberland Trail. There were several of the nymphs sharing this bubble home. The nymphs are green and black, two are easily visible on this stem. They suck the juice from the plant stem, when the slippery "leftover juices" are excreted, the nymphs whip them up into a foam. Not many predators will try to go through the foam to eat them! I've heard kids call this "snake spit".
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107 I noticed this <strong>Goldenrod gall</strong> along the Cumberland Trail. A small Tephritid fly lays her egg on the stem of a goldenrod plant in the spring. When the larva buries into the stem and releases a chemical, the plant begins to grow a tumor-...

I noticed this Goldenrod gall along the Cumberland Trail. A small Tephritid fly lays her egg on the stem of a goldenrod plant in the spring. When the larva buries into the stem and releases a chemical, the plant begins to grow a tumor-...

I noticed this Goldenrod gall along the Cumberland Trail. A small Tephritid fly lays her egg on the stem of a goldenrod plant in the spring. When the larva buries into the stem and releases a chemical, the plant begins to grow a tumor-like gall. The larva eats the inside of the gall. When it is ready to pupate, the larva makes a small tunnel to the outside edge of the gall for a future escape route. If the fly matures and escapes the gall later in the year, you will find a round, pin-head sized hole. If you find a larger, ragged hole, you'll know that a bird had a meal of the pupa or the fly! This goldenrod also has a spittlebug as a tenant! 1026
108 <strong>Two-line Spittlebug Leafhopper</strong>
<em>Prosapia bicincta</em>
August 31, 2007
These spittlebugs make a frothy nest on grass and other plants. They go through incomplete metamorphosis in the nest, the discarded nymph skin can be seen han...

Two-line Spittlebug Leafhopper Prosapia bicincta August 31, 2007 These spittlebugs make a frothy nest on grass and other plants. They go through incomplete metamorphosis in the nest, the discarded nymph skin can be seen han...

Two-line Spittlebug Leafhopper Prosapia bicincta August 31, 2007 These spittlebugs make a frothy nest on grass and other plants. They go through incomplete metamorphosis in the nest, the discarded nymph skin can be seen hanging in the foam beneath the insect. 1077
109 <strong>Red-banded Leafhopper; Candy-striped Leafhopper</strong><em>Graphocephala coccinea</em>Oak Ridge, TNMay 28, 2008I spotted this beautiful leafhopper on one of my Milkweed plant leaves and ran inside to grab my camera. The wind was blow...

Red-banded Leafhopper; Candy-striped LeafhopperGraphocephala coccineaOak Ridge, TNMay 28, 2008I spotted this beautiful leafhopper on one of my Milkweed plant leaves and ran inside to grab my camera. The wind was blow...

Red-banded Leafhopper; Candy-striped Leafhopper Graphocephala coccinea Oak Ridge, TN May 28, 2008 I spotted this beautiful leafhopper on one of my Milkweed plant leaves and ran inside to grab my camera. The wind was blowing, so it was difficult to get a good macro shot. I was surprised to see how blue the stripes were on this individual, usually they are green. The black line through the eye is probably to break up the eye so a predator won't notice the leafhopper's head. The way to tell the difference between a leafhopper and a planthopper is leafhoppers have spines on the hind legs. 981
110 <strong>Dogwood Spittlebug</strong> 
<em>Clastoptera proteus</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
June 12, 2008

This little Spittlebug made me do a double-take when I first saw it. The false eye at the end of the abdomen fooled me for a second! I had to see which ...

Dogwood Spittlebug Clastoptera proteus Oak Ridge, TN June 12, 2008 This little Spittlebug made me do a double-take when I first saw it. The false eye at the end of the abdomen fooled me for a second! I had to see which ...

Dogwood Spittlebug Clastoptera proteus Oak Ridge, TN June 12, 2008 This little Spittlebug made me do a double-take when I first saw it. The false eye at the end of the abdomen fooled me for a second! I had to see which way the legs were pointed to know for sure where the head was located! The true eye can barely be seen just below the middle yellow stripe on the left. Thanks to Rita at Bugguide.net for helping me identify this one! 909
111 This weird <strong>Buffalo Leafhopper Nymph</strong> was seen in the cracks between the logs in the cabin at science camp.

This weird Buffalo Leafhopper Nymph was seen in the cracks between the logs in the cabin at science camp.

This weird Buffalo Leafhopper Nymph was seen in the cracks between the logs in the cabin at science camp. 1005
112 <strong>Citrus Flatid Planthopper </strong>
<em>Metcalfa pruinosa</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
July 15, 2008

I had been noticing white fuzzy stuff on my Tiger Lily stems, probably the nymphs of these insects.

Citrus Flatid Planthopper Metcalfa pruinosa Oak Ridge, TN July 15, 2008 I had been noticing white fuzzy stuff on my Tiger Lily stems, probably the nymphs of these insects.

Citrus Flatid Planthopper Metcalfa pruinosa Oak Ridge, TN July 15, 2008 I had been noticing white fuzzy stuff on my Tiger Lily stems, probably the nymphs of these insects. 805
113 <strong>Citrus Flatid Planthopper Nymph</strong>
<em>Metcalfa pruinosa</em>

I'm pretty sure this critter will turn into the insect in the previous photo! I found it on my Tiger Lily stems in early July.

Citrus Flatid Planthopper Nymph Metcalfa pruinosa I'm pretty sure this critter will turn into the insect in the previous photo! I found it on my Tiger Lily stems in early July.

Citrus Flatid Planthopper Nymph Metcalfa pruinosa I'm pretty sure this critter will turn into the insect in the previous photo! I found it on my Tiger Lily stems in early July. 767
114 <strong>Leafhopper Nymph</strong>
<em>Acanalonia servillei</em>?
Oak Ridge, TN
June 13, 2008
I found this little guy on my milkweed plant. The white tuft coming from its abdomen is a waxy material made by many leafhopper nymphs used for protection ...

Leafhopper Nymph Acanalonia servillei? Oak Ridge, TN June 13, 2008 I found this little guy on my milkweed plant. The white tuft coming from its abdomen is a waxy material made by many leafhopper nymphs used for protection ...

Leafhopper Nymph Acanalonia servillei? Oak Ridge, TN June 13, 2008 I found this little guy on my milkweed plant. The white tuft coming from its abdomen is a waxy material made by many leafhopper nymphs used for protection from predators. 985
115 <strong>Thorn Mimic Treehopper</strong>
<em>Enchenopa</em> spp.
Gatlinburg, TN
August 8, 2008

This strange little thorn-like insect was spotted on a Redbud branch. It was great to be with 18 other people (from Bugguide.net) who were accustomed to...

Thorn Mimic Treehopper Enchenopa spp. Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 This strange little thorn-like insect was spotted on a Redbud branch. It was great to be with 18 other people (from Bugguide.net) who were accustomed to...

Thorn Mimic Treehopper Enchenopa spp. Gatlinburg, TN August 8, 2008 This strange little thorn-like insect was spotted on a Redbud branch. It was great to be with 18 other people (from Bugguide.net) who were accustomed to hunting for insects, 36 eyes are much better than 2! I wish I could have taken credit for finding this insect! 787
116 <strong>Dictyopharid Planthopper</strong>
<em>Rhynchomitra lingula</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
September 13, 2008

I found this funny-looking planthopper on a leaf in my garden. It was similar to a thorn-mimicing planthopper.

Dictyopharid Planthopper Rhynchomitra lingula Oak Ridge, TN September 13, 2008 I found this funny-looking planthopper on a leaf in my garden. It was similar to a thorn-mimicing planthopper.

Dictyopharid Planthopper Rhynchomitra lingula Oak Ridge, TN September 13, 2008 I found this funny-looking planthopper on a leaf in my garden. It was similar to a thorn-mimicing planthopper. 929
117 A "Buffalo treehopper" - no common name
<em>Ceresa stimulea</em>
Virgin Falls State Natural Area 
DeRosset, TN
May 31, 2009

I found this little guy while I was photographing the American Columbo plants. I wish its two brown "horns" would have be...

A "Buffalo treehopper" - no common name Ceresa stimulea Virgin Falls State Natural Area DeRosset, TN May 31, 2009 I found this little guy while I was photographing the American Columbo plants. I wish its two brown "horns" would have be...

A "Buffalo treehopper" - no common name Ceresa stimulea Virgin Falls State Natural Area DeRosset, TN May 31, 2009 I found this little guy while I was photographing the American Columbo plants. I wish its two brown "horns" would have been more visible. I sent this in to the folks at Bugguide.net to get the correct ID. 709
118 <strong>Oil Beetle</strong> - female
<em>Meloe impressus</em> / Blister Beetle Family
Knoxville, TN (Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge)
November 1, 2009

Males of this species have a distinctive notch in the antennae, so this beetle is obviously a fem...

Oil Beetle - female Meloe impressus / Blister Beetle Family Knoxville, TN (Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge) November 1, 2009 Males of this species have a distinctive notch in the antennae, so this beetle is obviously a fem...

Oil Beetle - female Meloe impressus / Blister Beetle Family Knoxville, TN (Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge) November 1, 2009 Males of this species have a distinctive notch in the antennae, so this beetle is obviously a female. This family of beetles give off a skin-blistering chemical called cantharidin when irritated. 979
119 <strong>Spotted Rove Beetle</strong>
<em>Platydracus maculosus</em>
Frozen Head State Park, TN
April 15, 2010

This little guy was not very cooperative, he wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good clear shot. These beetles are often found on...

Spotted Rove Beetle Platydracus maculosus Frozen Head State Park, TN April 15, 2010 This little guy was not very cooperative, he wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good clear shot. These beetles are often found on...

Spotted Rove Beetle Platydracus maculosus Frozen Head State Park, TN April 15, 2010 This little guy was not very cooperative, he wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good clear shot. These beetles are often found on animal feces! 980
120 <strong>Long-necked Seed Bug</strong>
<em>Myodocha serripes</em> Seed Bug Family
Oak Ridge, TN
June 3, 2010

Long-necked Seed Bug Myodocha serripes Seed Bug Family Oak Ridge, TN June 3, 2010

Long-necked Seed Bug Myodocha serripes Seed Bug Family Oak Ridge, TN June 3, 2010 1131
121 <b>Glassy-winged Sharpshooter</b>

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

Glassy-winged Sharpshooter 263
122 Green leafhopper

Green leafhopper

Green leafhopper 305
123 Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph 330
124 <i>Glossonotus acuminatus</i> treehopper

Glossonotus acuminatus treehopper

Glossonotus acuminatus treehopper 294
125 Leafhoppers (2) copy

Leafhoppers (2) copy

Leafhoppers (2) copy 2094
126 Green Planthopper copy

Green Planthopper copy

Green Planthopper copy 403
127 <b>Lacebug</b>

Lacebug

Lacebug 496

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