|Jacsun and his fly|
Way more information that we need on T. politus is available at this Syrphidae Community Website.
|Jacsun and his fly|
|Deb and the turtle- She is the one in the back- by Chris Barnhart|
|Walnut Sphinx Moth - REK|
|Walnut sphinx caterpillar with its horn - MJ Hatfield CC|
|Parasitoid cocoons on a dead walnut sphinx moth caterpillar - REK|
"Most life histories involve parasitizing hosts as diverse as aphids, bark beetles, and foliage-feeding caterpillars. Many species are egg-larval parasitoids, laying eggs within host eggs and then not developing until the host is in the larval stage. Unlike ichneumon wasps, many pupate in silken cocoons outside the body of the host and others spin cocoons entirely apart from the host.(3) Also unlike ichneumonid wasps, very few braconids use host pupae to complete their life cycles, except for fly parasitoids in Alysiinae and Opiinae." from Bugguide
|Empty cocoons - click to enlarge|
"Dwarf American toads are confined more or less to the Ozarks. They are smaller than other American toads and are often reddish in coloration. The red spots are diagnostic."Our "garden variety" toad along Bull Creek is the American toad, Anaxyrus americanus. It turns out there are three subspecies. The eastern American toad, Anaxyrus americanus americanus, is the one we all know and love, warts and all.
"The eastern American toad is medium-sized and has a large, kidney-shaped gland called the parotoid gland behind each eye. The pupil of each eye is horizontal. This toad may be gray, greenish gray, or various shades of brown. The dark spots on the back may encircle 1–3 warts. The belly is white with dark gray mottling. The call is a sustained, high-pitched musical trill lasting 6–30 seconds." MDC Field Guide
|"A little privacy please." The male is considerably smaller than the female.|
|Toad eggs - REK|
|The proper grip - note the red dots|
"For the northern black widow, the hourglass is distinct, but is broken(1) (whereas the southern black widow's hourglass is complete) and typically there is a row of red spots down the middle of the back and possibly some diagonal whitish bands on each side; the bands are typically observed on the younger, more juvenile widows."
|Two days old|
|Sealed in a magnifier box - lots of tape!|
|Horse Fly Larva|
|My favorite way to see a horse fly.|