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How did you do with the photo matching quiz from last week?

A. Cicada

matches the cicada nymph exoskeleton on the tree, G.

Cicada nymphs spend one or more years underground before they emerge as adults.

This queen butterfly, B, matches it's caterpillar, H.

They both resemble monarchs, which also feed on milkweeds. Monarchs and viceroys are also close mimics.

 

The insect above, C, Is a honeybee, which build honeycomb below, L.

The ladybug D, emerges from a ladybug pupa like the one below, I.

 

Finally, F, is a genista moth, which was probably the hardest to identify. It's caterpillar is K, below. They feed on a very specific host plant, Texas mountain laurel.

Hope you had fun with this challenging game.

In the past I've posted an end of the year list of my favorite photographs. This year let's mix it up with a matching quiz. Can you match the adult insect with its immature stage or something associated with it? If you want to, leave your results in the comments. Bonus points for correct identifications. Note: Not all letters have been used. All the photos are from 2020.

Adult Insects:

A. She's a big-eyed beauty on a stick.

B. This mimic may fool you because it resembles another popular insect.

C. Often seen visiting flowers.

D. Flies away to the mountains in the summer.

K. The hardest of all, although the answer is here in the blog.

Now match the adults with their life stages or products.

F.  Has a very specific host plant.

G. Sitting on a tree trunk.

H. Hungry, hungry.

I. What life stage is this?

L. Not an insect, but produced by insects.

Have fun!

(The answers are now posted.)

Camera technology has changed quite a bit since I purchased my old camera, so I thought I'd check out a new one.

I like that it is lighter. My old one could hurt my neck after a long hike.

I like that it is easier to get everything in focus.

Well, almost.

Guess I have a few bugs to work out...