Secret Life of Insects

See what’s buzzing at the Topsham Public Library

Click the images to see closeups.
 Butterfly on purple liatris
 Bumblebee on white liatris
 Moth hiding in a yellow lily

Great Golden Digger Wasps and a Japanese Beetle share a Purple Globe Thistle 
 Japanese Beetle on purple coneflower (Echinacea)

The white dot that appears on the back of the beetle is where a Tachinid Fly glued its eggs to the beetle’s thorax.  Later the larva will hatch and bore into the beetle, which is a healthy and natural way to keep the beetle’s population at bay.

 Bumblebees on purple coneflowers (Echinacea)

Tandem Thread Waisted Wasps
These two were very camera shy!
Bumblebee and Great Golden Digger Wasp
 The black ant in the left photo is eating the sugary coating that surrounds the bud.  The bud will eventually bloom to the flower in the right photo.

The Twice Stabbed Stink Bug on lamb’s ear is about to make the leap!
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