Goldenrod Soldier Beetles in slow motion (1/64th speed)

Shot at 960 frames a second and played back at 15 frames a second.

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Bowl & Doily Spider

The Bowl & Doily Spider web is very visible due to morning dew.

The random silk lines above the “bowl” are for small insects to bump into and fall onto the bowl.  The spider is below the “bowl” and above the “doily” and grabs the prey through the silk.

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Milkweed Leaf Beetle Larva

These Milkweed Leaf Beetle Larva (Labidomera clivicollis) are on Horse Nettle.

Horse Nettle is related to Night Shade and has nasty prickles.  The larva manage to avoid eating most of the prickles, spit out most of the rest but end up ingesting a few.

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Aphid Colony Devistation

Aphid colony being devastated by parasitic wasps and Lady Beetles.

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The Asteroid Caterpillar

This Asteroid Caterpillar (Cucullia asteroides) also called the Goldenrod Hooded Owlet is nearly mature.

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3D Spined Assassin Bug

This Spined Assassin Bug adult (Sinea diadema) attempts captures.

This Spined Assassin Bug nymph (Sinea diadema) started in the middle of a Queen Anne’s Lace blossom, patrolled around the blossom and then returned to its hiding place.


For Encyclopedia of Life entry for Spined Assassin Bug: Sinea diadema.  For BugGuide.net entry: Sinea diadema.

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Short Videos for Stereo World Article: Insects in 3D Video

These 3D videos accompany the Stereo World magazine article Insects in 3D Video. Each video corresponds to an image pair in the article, are in the same order and have the same captions.

These are 3D YouTube videos and in case you are not familiar with viewing 3D YouTube videos, after you click play, simply click on the “3D” at the bottom right, if present, otherwise click on the “Gear symbol”  and select your favorite viewing technique. These include parallel and cross eye viewing, anaglyph and a few others including viewing on some smart 3D TVs and computers with a 3D monitor.  Click on the “Gear symbol” to pick the video resolution.  If you have trouble, try a different browser.

Ohio Wildlife Center was kind enough to give me permission to video at their Education Center and these 3D videos were captured there.  OWC’s works to foster awareness and appreciation of Ohio’s native wildlife.  I have been acquainted with them for many years and am happy there is such a dedicated group of people doing so much good for our local wildlife.  Find out more at: www.ohiowildlifecenter.org.

Paper Wasps: Paper Wasp adding chewed wood pulp to its nest.

Honey Bees: Honey Bees at hive entrance.

Blister Beetles: Female Blister Beetle on weed with four male beetles.

Ant Humor: Ant attempting to cut prey free from spider web.  Flower Beetle crawling on it.

Spider Tickle:  Crab spider and caterpillar with spider attempting to dislodge a Shining Flower Beetle crawling on it.

Bumblebee: Close-up of bumblebee. Video switches back and forth between long and close views of the same bee.

Ambush Bug & Bee: Ambush bug attempting to capture a bee that came too close.

Butterflies Puddling: Male White butterfly drinking water with dissolved salts. Salts are used in reproduction.

Tiger Beetle Larva: Larva repairing its burrow. View is the underside of its head. Burrow is 2.5mm in diameter.

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