Early bird entomology specimens

It all started with January when I found an insect in the Genus Largus by the TCC South campus library. Well in that same day I found some kind of small worm that was a caterpillar of some kind. The jury is still out on the ID so I still don't know what they heck it is, but that is okay I will just let time pass until it gets an ID. Well anyway then a few day after that while I was sleeping my family found a Spring Cankerworm Moth on our kitchen ceiling. We have had a few warm days but it seems to me that this is the earliest I have seen insects come out. Then at Lake Arlington I keep finding droves of young Wolf spiders. As far back as I can remember it was Crane Flies that I would normally start to see. However after becoming a self proclaimed naturalist I have noticed many other species of insect early birds. This is really cool to see some of the early bird insects come out from their hibernation. I have seen about two Largus species or so, and I even found a Bumblebee I think it may have been an American Bumblebee. Anyway I heard from Sambiology that Cloverworm Moths were active now but so far I haven't seen any of those. However I did a little digging a couple of days ago when I was logging the ever growing string of backtrack photos from as early as 2015- 2016. I took a break to show my mom what a cankerworm looked like. I like to share my photos with my mom and tell her about my sightings and observations and tell her what I know about the subjects. I was showing her the cankerworms and found out that they like cold weather. That is what kind of threw me because insects are cold blooded so before that point I thought that they were not active but now I am singing a different tune about insects and spiders. I need to really do more research on these insects. I have been trying to look up stuff from my observations and I think I am going to do a mass study session this summer when I have more time and learn about my observations. Some of the stuff I have needs a little more digging into so that way if I ever encounter another one of those creatures I can tell the groups about them more in detail. Just so that way I don't have to blank if it is one I really want to talk about on a hike. I am new at this and kind of green but I am a fast learner when it comes to these sort of things. I may not be a fast learner at math but natural science and English and history are more my speed. I guess I need to do a little bit more digging into the insect list and see what else comes out this time of year. The winter is almost over and spring is almost here so it is going to be a very interesting season. for now I will be looking for more early birds but it will soon be spring and my camera is at my ready. So I guess that is all for this post until next time I am going to study up on more early comers.

Publicado por galactic_bug_man galactic_bug_man, 08 de febrero de 2017

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Mariposas Y Polillas Orden Lepidoptera

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Enero 24, 2017 08:15 AM CST

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I almost stepped on this little guy. It was so small I barely seen him but I knew he was moving. It was some kind of caterpillar or something to that effect. It was orange with a black head. It was only about a couple of centimeters long and looked weird. I have never seen a thing like this before. It was crawling toward the grass when I saw him on the pavement. It was a rather interesting looking creature.

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Enero 24, 2017 08:01 AM CST

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I already have a post on this type of insect. I am just adding it to the TCC South Campus project.

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Enero 26, 2017 09:50 AM CST

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This thing was in the hall way in the math building here at TCC. It was black and was very cool. It looked injured.

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Enero 31, 2017 09:23 AM CST

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I already haves these kinds of beetles on file but I am making an observation for TCC South Campus. This one was spotted near the pollinator garden that I watched the flower and hover flies last year. This guy was actually pretty small. This guy may have been a young one. Normally for these guys they can get a few inches but this one was about an inch. This guy was kind of hard to see and get into focus.

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Arañas Lobo Familia Lycosidae

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Enero 31, 2017 01:23 AM CST

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If my suspicions are correct these are young Wolf Spiders. These guys hang around around the wire bound rocks by the lake front at Lake Arlington. They are numerous and crawl about the rocks to bask. When startled they are fast to flee. They have markings like that of a Wolf Spider and are hairy. These guys were about two or so inches long. Even at a young age they don't stop to fascinating me.

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Febrero 1, 2017 01:10 PM CST

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This one was found this morning in my house on our ceiling. I live in the DFW area just to get a location of where I am located. This one is a gray moth with some dark markings. It is a medium sized moth and is about two in a half inches. It has smallish antenna and small legs. It also has wavy patterns and is kind of wide at the wings. It is one I have never seen before.

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Febrero 5, 2017 02:44 PM CST

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This was found at my house in the DFW area. This is my third or fourth posting of this one. These seem to come out very early. I have seen two of these this winter. Normally the majority of insects come out in Spring but some moths and these seem to be unaffected. I have seen a few insects and things but nothing too weird. These Largus species are interesting.

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Cochinilla Mediterránea Armadillidium vulgare

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Febrero 6, 2017 07:20 AM CST

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This is one of the most common insects but this is the first time I have seen them at school. There were about three on the pavement going the same way which was weird. Pillbugs are not really insects but Isopod which is a very ancient creature. Pillbugs as a defense will roll up in a ball and that is where you may here the term Rolly-polly bugs. These guys have segments in the body and are darker than sowbugs. Sowbugs are an Isopod but they are not as round and are a more dusty blue color. Pillbugs are an oldie for me but a goody. I love these thing because of how old their linage is in the Fossil Record. They are fascinating. They have several pairs of legs and have two small antenna. These guys are very interesting to observe. Even as an adult with kid like tendencies I am very still fascinated by them.

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