Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Edition Of An Excellent Book - For Lepidopterists

 A new 3rd edition of an excellent book - For Lepidopterists 

I have the 2nd edition of this fantastic book. And, I'm very happy yo learn that a new 3rd edition has just been published!

Check it out Here.

I just photocopied one of the pages on Sugaring (for my Brother-In-Law Nelson to read) - Only the other day (what a coincidence!). 

NHBS also has it in stock:


...I must get myself a copy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Very Own "Velvet Ants"! Desert Terrarium Set-Up

I really love Solitary Wasps. When I'm not busy reviewing bat detectors, I'm reading all the antique & vintage books on wasps that I can get my hands on. I only wish I had my very own backyard to explore (whenever the mood strikes me). My Landlord currently allows me to have (limited) access to the backyard.

Well, I'm finally going to be setting-up a desert terrarium with "Velvet Ants"!

It's a long story...But, I've waited over 7 years to do this. I just got the custom Acrylic tank ordered. And Peter at Bugs In CyberSpace, just got in a huge order of Velvet Ants! He has a lot of them available now, at the lowest prices I've ever seen! Others (like "KenTheBugGuy") charge $15 ea. for them! More than twice what Peter charges - For the same species!


Check them out: Velvet Ants now in Stock!

{Yes, they can sting...The solution is simple: Just don't handle them with your hands}

I'm going to need to learn more about raising Cacti...Since I plan to include some.
 
Yay! ...Pics will be posted, in the future of course!

Finally!  :) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Beautiful Clay & Reed Insect Block! - From W&CS (in UK)

 Beautiful Clay & Reed Insect Block! - From Wildlife &Countryside Services (in UK)


 Link - (It's the 5th one over, from the left)

Clay & Reed Insect Block (see pictures 7 & 8)
Material:
Clay and reed
Dimensions:
20.5 x 22.5 x 29 cm
Weight:
ca. 7,6 kg

Clay & Reed Insect Block  order no.: 00 377 /5

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Common Whitetail - (Plathemis lydia) - Mature male Dragonfly

Taken through Pantry window...12x Optical zoom

Common Whitetail - (Plathemis lydia) - Mature male Dragonfly



Friday, July 11, 2014

Great New Books: On Microscopy And Solitary Wasps...From NHBS

I just came across this really neat book, which covers the subject of using microscopes to examine bees. It may have been intended for Bee Keepers (mostly), but I think it would be very interesting for the average Hymenopterist also.




This brand-new book looks really great too!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Book I Just Ordered, On Hunting Wasps (Hymenoptera)

I'm really excited about this new book I ordered! Although I don't speak German...I think that with 200+ color photos and the Latin (Scientific) names of the species - I'll manage just fine :)

First Solitary Bee Of 2013

Just a very short post, to report a sighting of Solitary Bee. On window screen, afternoon of 3/29/13
In Yonkers NY.

Overcast
53°F
12°C
  • Humidity38%
  • Wind Speed NW 12 mph
  • Barometer30.05 in (1017.4 mb)
  • Dewpoint28°F (-2°C)
  • Visibility10.00 mi
  • Wind Chill49°F (9°C)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Book I've Had My Eye On For A While...

So, I included one last book to my recent order... 'Rearing Parasitic Hymenoptera'

I'll post some very simple "reviews" of the books on here soon. I may just use the "5-Star system", to rate them. Well, I'm looking forward to their arrival.

I should mention that I really like field guides; especially those that are well written, with useful lay-outs/formatting.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

A (seldom seen) Male Leafcutter Bee

Here's a very handsome little fellow! The rarely seen male Leafcutter Bee (genus Megachile). I hardly ever see males of this bee.
Watching him, near the Sweet Pea flowers in the backyard. He would make a short flight, always landing on the exact same spot on the fence; grooming himself. He paused for additional pics (after being released), before flying off...


...Minor enhancements applied.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cute Bee - Eucerini, Most likely Melissodes bimaculata

Eucerini, Most likely Melissodes bimaculata Found nectaring on Sweet Pea flowers. ID'd for me by…KL James Hung at BugGuide.net


The bee was released unharmed right after the photo was taken.

Known As A Grass-Carrying Wasp

Isodontia elegans, a species of (Sphex) grass-carrying wasp. ID'd for me by… Hartmut Wisch, of BugGuide.net

A very informative link on this species - Isodontia_elegans

Friday, July 13, 2012

Spider Hunting Wasp Makes A Surprise Appearance (June 2012)

I was lucky enough to actually have been visited twice, by the same Hunting Wasp. Below is one video I took. I apologize for the "shakiness". The video clip will be a temporary post, it's really just up here for a Buddy of mine to see. I'll be replacing it, in the near future; with some macro still photos of the wasp.
I haven't seen her around since those two visits. I'm still trying to positively ID it. Some kind of Pompilidae, of course!