IT’S A HUMMINGBEE
These are BEE FLIES!
Harmless to everything else, these precious little cutie pies sneak their eggs into beehives, where their larvae can parasitize bee larvae and eat their food reserves!
Simultaneously adorable and insidious!
Shield-backed Bug Nymphs
These shield-backed bugs remain unidentified. The prehistoric-looking nymphs occur in huge numbers on the trunks of selected trees and remain stationary there until adulthood. The adults look remarkably different and resemble large (8-10mm) Plataspidid bugs (i.e. of the family Plataspididae).
As new emergents from nymphhood they are green…..
And turn black and red as they mature…..
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..
Can you offer any ID assistance?
Found a (mimic Fly?) with cool Shades,an Assassin looking for the next victim , and a Jumper oOOo on a Beautiful fall day in Hampton,Va. Have a great week”-steveG
Nice to hear from you again. Great shots as usual!! And you are correct, that is certainly a bee/wasp mimicking Syrphid fly. Your assassin is a Wheel Bug (I’ve never seen a live one yet!) and a Phidippus Jumping Spider. They’re the kittens of the arachnid world, in my opinion.
"And I would have got away with it, if it wasn’t for you pre-caterpillar eggs."
6 Animals That Look Like They’re Dressed Up For Halloween
#6. Pink Underwing Moth Caterpillar (Going as a Voodoo Warrior)
[That] really is a mask: The whole thing is part of the creature’s dorsum, and its actual head is shielded underneath. When threatened, the caterpillar raises its dorsum like a dog raises its hackles. The big, black, vacant “eyes,” plus the chattering skull markings that surround them, create a nightmarish face that warns any would-be predators that they might want to back the hell away so quickly that their legs spin comically in place.
YES, THERE ARE MARINE INSECTS ( a few, but there are)
Sea skaters, genus Halobates, are the only insect known to live in the open ocean. Forty-six species of Halobates are now known and only five are oceanic and are widely distributed in the Paciﬁc, Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. The remaining species occur in nearshore areas of tropical seas associated with mangroves or other marine plants. Many are endemic to islands or island groups
Cool! I’d heard of these but never seen one before.