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18 May 2018, 2:35 pm

This thread is about our favorite terrestrial invertebrates. Despite the name of this thread, you don't need to select a member of the hemiptera order.

My favorite bug is the orchid mantis. It is proof that the practice of pollination is not entirely a flawless, utopian form of food collecting. Collecting the sweet gifts of angiosperms can come with a few hazards.

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19 May 2018, 10:21 am

Dragonflies, and damselflies, are my personal favorites.

Beautiful varied fast flying predators that eat up many bugs I hate, like gnats, and mosquitos.


The eagles and hawks of the insect world.



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19 May 2018, 11:11 am

Thanks for posting! :)

Here are some more honorable mentions that I want to honorably mention.

Onychophora: They aren't arthropods, but they resemble the ancestors of arthropods.
Stalk-Eyed Flies: Yikes!
Crane Flies: They resemble big mosquitoes, but they are harmless.
Mutillidae: Only the males can fly. Only the females can sting.
Symphyla: They are very tiny relatives of centipedes.


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19 May 2018, 11:21 am

Ladybugs, monarch butterflies, fireflies, bumblebees, honeybees, and ants.



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21 May 2018, 6:25 am

Moths
Butterflies
Crane flies
Bluebottles
Bees
Dragonflies

Most people think I'm weird because I like bluebottles. Yes they may spread disease if they land on your food, but that doesn't mean they don't LOOK beautiful.


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21 May 2018, 7:30 am

I do not have a favorite. Take the last insect that allowed me to befriend it for a bit, and that one is my current favorite.

I don't like mosquitoes or spiders, though. And I used to like ants, but they're really invasive, and I don't want to kill them =/

Tonight at work, I saw this really neat moth next to the sink. Probably the most pine-bark-like moth I have ever seen, and its wings were a very odd shape. I forgot I was going to come back for it and save it, I fear someone may have killed it.

I think it may have been one of these, it looked very similar: https://roadsendnaturalist.com/2014/07/ ... ed-sphinx/

"the Blinded Sphinx, Paonias excaecata"

Here's another similar moth, though, which he calls "a stunning eyed hawkmoth" (fourth image down): https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/place ... etles.aspx


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21 May 2018, 5:22 pm

lostonearth35 wrote:
Ladybugs, monarch butterflies, fireflies, bumblebees, honeybees, and ants.


I also love bees because they are important to human survival. :)


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21 May 2018, 6:50 pm

lostonearth35 wrote:
Ladybugs, monarch butterflies, fireflies, bumblebees, honeybees, and ants.


Those are the common crowd pleasers. Except folks are kinda neutral about ants. I, and most folks, like ladybugs, butterflies, fireflies, honeybees, and dont hate bumble bees.



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22 May 2018, 7:40 am

Oh yes, lightning bugs/fireflies are always at the top of my list.

I walked through a glowing field of larvae a couple summers ago, it was kind of surreal.


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24 May 2018, 8:49 am

Ladybugs. On the odd occasion I find one it always gives me a flush of happiness. So cute and peaceful.



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24 May 2018, 9:05 am

I have always loved watching ants. I used to live near a big conifer plantation where they build huge nests out of pine needles and the waste from the saw-mills, and I could spend hours just watching one nest and following along the trails that the ants made to go get stuff.


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24 May 2018, 9:39 am

The bold jumping spider, phidippus audax.



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26 May 2018, 2:46 pm

Another bug that I like is the Darwin Termite.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastotermes_darwiniensis

The Darwin Termite is a primitive termite with a cockroach-like appearance. This proves that termites share a fairly recent common ancestor with roaches.


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26 May 2018, 3:01 pm

i like cicadas because i like their songs and also i used to collect their skin but i don't know about subspecies of them



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26 May 2018, 3:06 pm

i also sympathize with ants because i like to see them
i specially like that red ones who are water resistant (we call them lava-pés in portuguese)