|The beautiful larva of a Haploa moth munches|
on a leaf of New Jersey Tea.
McDowell Creek, Upland Prairie
May 18, 2018
A friend of mine who is doing research on this species asked me to keep an eye out for the invertebrates that visited it.
Here are a few that I happened to notice:
|A crab spider hopes to dine on a diner.|
|Some beautiful fungi showed up amid the flowers.|
|The fungi were orange and hot pink/|
|These are Scriptured Leaf Beetles|
What pretty markings!
|This handsome guy was enjoying a leaf|
of New Jersey Tea. Bugguide. net
identified him as Oncerometopus nigriclavus
in the family Miridae (Plant Bugs)
|But by far the most noticeable were the|
tiny black Dermestid beetles
everywhere on the flowers of New Jersey Tea.
Dermestids are carrion-eaters, but some of
the smaller species feed on nectar and
pollen, which is what these little guys
|Note the paddle on the|
end of the antenna. Dermestid beetle.
|A "Bush Katydid" nymph on New Jersey Tea.|