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Jan 06 2014

Cross-Country Connections: Insect

Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Insect.

From Erin in Takoma Park, Maryland:

CCC Insect Erin

The cutest little bug, picture taken by Biodork herself, at my wedding in Tumacacori, AZ in 2009. 

From Mom in Hagerstown, Marland:

CCC Insect Mom

These are the only insects I could find in this weather, thank goodness!

From me in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

CCC Insect BrianneThe cold weather has driven most of the bugs into hiding, so I’m pulling out a photo from warmer times. I saw this guy in the Omaha Zoo back in 2012.

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    Friendly

    The insect in Erin’s picture is a Giant Mesquite Bug in the genus Thasus, probably Thasus neocalifornicus Brailovsky & Barrera 1995 (which is supposed to be the only species found north of Mexico and is common in Arizona), although I can’t find many previous images of neocalifornicus in which the ends of the wings are so green.

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    Trebuchet

    I figured someone would identify the bug! I at least got into the order hemiptera, the true bugs. Very handsome critter.

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    ilex

    This cross-country connections business is lovely, as are the little creatures (jeweled and otherwise). I might see if I can convince my family to do this, now that we’re spread over a couple of continents… thanks for the idea and the pictures!

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    Bill Swan

    WOW. That Giant Mesquite is huge.Such an awesome article. Thank you for sharing. Pest pest pest. Such a nuisance but we need them. Have a pleasant day.

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