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.
PatrickW: What's up with locking the Cultural loss thread?
Jun 27, 2015 14:48:34 GMT -5
rowan: I guess it was locked because it really has nothing to do with this forum.
Jun 28, 2015 3:04:43 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: I locked the "Cultural Loss" thread because I thought that it was off-topic. This is a forum about gardening, farming, homesteading, hunting, mushroom growing, plant breeding, land, and the farmers, homesteaders, and hunters that post to the forum.
Jun 28, 2015 23:28:17 GMT -5
MikeH: Soapbox says "Got something to rant about? Feel free, but play nice." A periodic off-topic post isn't a big deal. Locking topics that are not offensive is. Pls add a sticky so that I don't follow steev into the bushes again. LOL
Jun 29, 2015 3:39:29 GMT -5
PatrickW: I don't necessarily agree, but I can respect the fact that the forum has a policy and a decision was made. It would help a lot if when you locked a thread, you put a brief statement at the end of it explaining the reason.
Jun 29, 2015 4:04:49 GMT -5
PatrickW: Even nicer would be if you tried just politely asking first...
Jun 29, 2015 4:05:42 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: Part of the reason that this forum is so pleasant to visit is because it is moderated. I delete off-topic messages most days.
Jun 29, 2015 17:34:39 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: I typically just delete off-topic posts. Leaving a message that I did so is like poking a hornet's nest with a stick. In this case, it was a token of respect to the participants in the "Cultural Loss" thread that I locked it instead of deleting it.
Jun 29, 2015 17:35:59 GMT -5
steev: MikeH; That was you following me into the bushes? Good thing I don't go packing like Joseph; I thought it was a bear. BTW, you didn't think that topic was offensive? Wow! I try so hard; what a let-down.
Jun 29, 2015 21:09:32 GMT -5
mnjrutherford: Can't leave you guys alone for a second and you are all off being silly! PATRICK! You have been on my mind and I've been wanting to let you know that 1 of the stone pine seeds that you sent us not only germinated but is growing BEAUTIFULLY!
Jun 30, 2015 20:11:46 GMT -5