Sunday, August 14, 2016

Some August Insects

Stilt-legged Fly - Rainieria antennaepes
I like flies. Yes, there are some species that are annoying, gross, and even harmful to humans, but don't write off the whole Dipteran of insects because of this. The out stretched forelegs of this Stilt-legged Fly (family Micropezidae) are thought to imitate the antennae of a wasp. The bands of color on the legs and wings add to the effect. I enjoyed reading this short piece on the Micropezidae "Ten facts about Stilt-legged Flies".
Canada Darner - Aeshna canadensis
The notched strip on the thorax distinguishes this Darner from other similar species in the genus Aeshna.
Giant Ichneumon Wasp - Megarhyssa sp
Little Nymph Underwing Moth - Catocala micronympha