A couple of shots of Andrena asteris.
Turns out the species is, indeed, an aster specialist. Not particularly common, unless you spend a lot of time looking at asters. If you spend a lot of time looking at willows then good luck finding this species Kiddo. Photo by Wayne Boo.
The white-margined burrower bug.
Scientifically we would call it Sehirus cinctus.
Small, feeds on mints and nettles. Not picky, feeds on the weedy mints that inhabit our weedy lawns. Sticks around a bit and helps its babies out for a few days. Unusual for a bug. Picture by Greta Forbes. This specimen found at the lab at Patuxent. I like the patterns of pits on this guy.
Or something related to a leafhopper.
That happened to show up in our bycatch at the lab (Laurel, Maryland). Arrayed in such a lovely way, we were compelled to take its picture. I would love to have someone come in with leafhopper specimens, or hunt them on the refuge, so we could photograph fresh material. I would also love some help identifying this specimen. Thanks.
I really should take more pictures of ants. Here is the lovely Red Carpenter Ant (Camponotus chromaiodes) from Chino Farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
If Nature wanted to get into the business of crafts she would create a big box store filled with giant Hemipterans the size of cats (some kittens sized ones too, of course).
Instead, Nature sends them into our houses and gardens where we react without really looking and miss their inherent beauty. Sorry people, but the Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) here glued to a fishhook, from Dorchester County, Maryland, is fabulously lovely in its colors and sculpturing patterns. Determination by Thijs de Graaf.
One of several species of Carpenter Bees that come from Kruger National Park.
This white patch makes it relatively distinct. Part of expeditions led by Jonathan Mawdsley and James Harrison. Photo by Erick Hernandez.
Here is a short 3 picture series of 3 Mylabris blister beetles from Kruger National Park, where they are often found on tree flowers.
I had the unfortunate experience of storing a bunch of these in my pocket while in the bush. Later that night my upper thigh was covered in large blisters. Be warned. Cool antennae, why so divided, some of you need to figure this out.
Pictures by Erick Hernandez and Anders Croft.