So, yesterday I was doing my rounds knocking the bugs into my jug of soapy water and at the very end of the last row I spied a most amazing thing. A beetle with a blue metallic head and a sort of decorated rectangle on its top wings. Impaled on it's curving proboscis a 2nd instar CPB, quite dead and apparently having it's innards sucked out. I gently placed the leaf back on the plant and wished my new found friend well. Does anyone have an idea what this creature is? What do it's eggs look like?
i know it's from old post, but if it had a proboscis to impale prey on, it wasn't a beetle of any kind, they've got grasping/chewing mandibles. hunting insect with a proboscis, regardless of color, sounds like a true bug (hemiptera), probably in the reduviidae family.
philagardener: 13F in Philly this morning; single digits in the 'burbs. Looks like it will be at least a week before any real break in these temps.
Mar 4, 2014 6:44:21 GMT -5
awildseedvt: Will I just made a request to the US's GRIN , no response so far. WOW GeneSys looks amazing.
Mar 4, 2014 11:55:12 GMT -5
oxbowfarm: You should have gotten an automatic reply email from GRIN. I do like the genesys search engine, I'm not so sure it still wouldn't be better to actually request directly from the relevant seedbank. I'd certainly do that with GRIN.
Mar 7, 2014 8:02:52 GMT -5
12540dumont: It is 77 degrees here today! Yikes, I'm trying to transplant greens. Tomatoes and Beans are coming up wild!
Mar 9, 2014 18:20:04 GMT -5
awildseedvt: I got an auto reply, but how will I know if my order is going through or gets ignored.
Mar 9, 2014 19:52:18 GMT -5
oxbowfarm: They don't ignore requests, if you got the auto-reply the next thing you'll get is a package of seed or a letter telling you to stick it.
Mar 10, 2014 10:57:46 GMT -5
will: *fingers crossed* Lets hope my credentials as a volunteer breeder are enough. I requested two samples and I'm very excited to see them.
Mar 10, 2014 17:24:38 GMT -5