Bug of the Week

Week 15
           Last but not least:  Three questions:  1.  What order of insects are these insects in?   Lepidoptera
                2.  What family are (most of) these insects in (the yellow-orange ones)?    Pieridae
                3.  What type of social interaction are they exhibiting (they are drinking from wet soil)?   Communal

                 James K. Adams, 2005

Week 14
             No bug.  Sorry!

 Week 13
     Two questions:  1.  What order is this insect in (hint: check the head)?
                                2.  What suborder of insects is this insect mimicking
                                            (hint: check the front abdominal segments)? 
    
                  James K. Adams, 1985

Week 12
      Three questions:  1.  What order of insects are these larvae in?   Hymenoptera
                                2.  What suborder are these larvae in?    Symphyta
                                3.  What kind of ecological interaction is being shown in this picture (either one)?
                                            phytophagy/herbivory or aggregation/gregariousness

  David DesRochers, 2012

 Week 11
      Three questions  1.  What kind of ecological interaction is being demonstrated in this picture?  Predator-prey
                                2.  Which of the two insects pictured here is more closely related to last week's
                                        "Bug of the Week"?  Cicada
                                3.  What do the nymphs of the insect being eaten typically eat?    Plant juices (from roots)
 
  Betsy Betros, 2009

Week 10
       Three questions:  1.  What suborder is this insect in?  Heteroptera
                                 2.  What family is this insect in?      Reduviidae
                                 3.  True or false:  This insect is both hemimetabolous and exopterygous.   True

Week 9
     Three questions:  1.  What order are these insects in?    Hymenoptera   
                                2.  What family are these insects in?   Vespidae
                                3.  Would this represent a good collecting opportunity for these insects?  NO!

  James K. Adams, 1985

Week 8
     Two questions:  1.  What suborder is this insect in?   Brachycera (Acalyptratae)
                              2.  What family is this insect in?   Diopsidae
 
  James K. Adams, 1993

 Week 7
    Three questions: 1.  What suborder are these insects in?  Polyphaga
                              2.  What family are these insects in?      Erotylidae
                              3.  What is the substrate upon which these insects are feeding?  Fungus

  James K. Adams, 1993

  Week 7
     Two questions:  1.  What family is this insect in?
                              2.  What other family is it most closely related to?

  James K. Adams, 1985

 Week 6
   Three questions:  1.  What suborder is this insect in?     Caelifera
                              2.  What family is this insect in?           Acrididae
                              3.  Why is this insect doing the colorful display that it is?      Warning (I taste bad)

  James K. Adams, 1987

 Week 5
     Three questions:  1.  Is this insect hemimetabolous or holometabolous?     hemimetabolous
                               2.  What family is this insect in?   Libellulidae
                               3.  What about flight is unique in this order?        All flight muscles are direct

  James K. Adams, 1987

Week 4      NO BUG  (Sorry!)

Week 3
     Three questions:  1.  Is this insect hemimetabolous or holometabolous?   holometabolous
                                2.  What order and family does it belong to?     Neuroptera, Mantispidae
                                3.  What do the immatures (young) eat?     Spider egg masses (or Hymenoptera brood)

©  Betsy Betros, 2010

Week 2
    Three questions:  1.  What order is this insect in?  Coleoptera
                               2.  What family is this insect in?    Scarabaeidae
                               3.  Is this insect carnivorous or herbivorous?   Herbivorous

©  James K. Adams, 2002

Week 1
     Three questions:  1.  Is this an insect?     Yes
                           2.  What do you call those things sticking out of its head (hint: they're *not* antennae)?  Osmeteria
                           3.  What ORDER and FAMILY is this creature in?   Lepidoptera, Papilionidae