Wild Flowers and Their Associates     Photos 001-020


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001 Bee on Butterfly Weed.jpg (221432 bytes).  

Photo 001.  Common Honey Bee on Butterfly Weed


002  Bee on Butterfly Weed.jpg (229249 bytes)

Photo 002.  Common Honey Bee on Butterfly Weed


003  Bee on Butterfly Weed.jpg (227362 bytes)

Photo 003.  Common Honey Bee on Butterfly Weed


004  Bee on Butterfly Weed.jpg (230191 bytes)

Photo 004.  Common Honey Bee on Butterfly Weed


005  Bee on Mint.jpg (219668 bytes)

Photo 005.  Common Honey Bee on a member of the mint family.


006  Potato Beetle.jpg (217731 bytes)

Photo 006.  Potato Beetle on a leaf.

007  Earwig from Florida.jpg (247666 bytes)

Photo 007.  Earwig from the floor of a Florida  motel (noticed when it pinched the heel of a bare foot).


008  S. Florida Grasshopper.jpg (287310 bytes)

Photo 008.  A large handsome South Florida  grasshopper that is easily identified as Schistocerca americana (From Riley) by the drawing and description on page 256 of Professor John Henry Comstock's "An Introduction to Entomology", Comstock Publishing Associates, A Division of Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, Ninth Edition, Revised, October 1967.  Scientific names can change as experts acquire altered viewpoints, modify classifications, and follow prescribed rules of priority.  For us, the most recent correct name is less useful than having a convenient source in which one can find an accurate description of the individual.  The insect in Photo 007 is clearly recognized as an Earwig; but to decide which of the approximately 400 individuals it might be is truly the work for an interested specialist.  Common names are fine when there is no ambiguity at all or when ignorance precludes use of a scientific name.   


009  Automeris Io.jpg (296178 bytes)

Photo 009.  A moth of the species Automeris Io (photographed on the cover of an examination booklet).


010  Luna Moth.jpg (190736 bytes)

Photo 010.  The front portion of a Luna moth.


011  Soldier Beetle.jpg (223513 bytes)

Photo 011.  Soldier Beetle on Butterfly Weed


012  New England Aster.jpg (252302 bytes)

Photo 012.  Bumble Bee on New England Astor


013  Bumble Bee on Mint.jpg (208596 bytes)

Photo 013.  Bumble Bee on a Mint


014  Bumble Bee on Milkweed.jpg (217783 bytes)

Photo 014.  Bumble Bee on Common Milkweed


015  Everglade Bee on Bidens sp..jpg (170740 bytes)

Photo 015.  Everglade Bee on  Bidens leucantha.  In our area, Bidens frondosa and other species of Bidens produce the seeds, the achenes, called devil's pitchforks, that easily attach themselves with two prongs to clothing when one walks during autumn into a field where the plant occurs.  


016 Stinkbug.jpg (211870 bytes)

Photo 016.  A stinkbug ---a true bug (notice how the wings fold)


017  Micrathena gracilis.jpg (294557 bytes)

Photo 017.  Micrathena gracilis on a blue examination booklet.  This is the female of an orb weaving spider whose webs are very common in local forests in the Cincinnati area during the summer months.  At the Lloyd Forest near Crittendon, Kentucky in July of 1969, there were numerous webs of orb-weaving spiders across the hiking paths.  Most were produced by spiders of this species.  The unusual  spines on its abdomen made it easy to identify from the picture on page 526 of Professor John Henry Comstock's "The Spider Book", Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, Second Printing, 1967 (First Printing, 1912).  The success of this first identification using his book encouraged me to use its descriptions as the basis for the naming of the spiders in my other photographs.  Unlike various insects where numerous similar species can occur, there appear to be relative few species of spiders that give similar difficulty.  However, the names of more than a few spiders have led to controversy among experts.  While Professor Comstock's book lacks some of the latest professionally approved scientific names, its descriptions are accurate and very useful.  Thus, except for Photo  067, we shall base our study of spiders on the names and descriptions in Professor Comstock's "The Spider Book".    


018  Micrathena gracilis.jpg (278628 bytes)

Photo 018.  The web of a particular Micrathena gracilis spider at the Lloyd Forest.  The web is constructed in a vertical plane and the spider hangs head downward in the center of the web when waiting for a prey.   The distance from left to right across the spirals is about 3 feet.  


019  Gasteracantha cancriformis (S. Florida).jpg (202424 bytes)

Photo 019.  Gasteracantha cancriformis.  (Commstock, p. 526)  This is a female orb weaving spider from South Florida that is shown here out of its natural environment.  Like Micrathena gracilis, it also has spines on its abdomen. 


020  Gasteracantha cancriformis.jpg (303841 bytes)

Photo 020.  Rear view of Gasteracantha cancriformis.  




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