I’ll start with a couple of photos of damselflies. These tiny creatures are so interesting when you get a good look at them.
This is a Brazilian red-eyed fly. They were imported into the United States to “deal with” mole crickets. I like mole crickets, so I was upset to find this out.
From the University of Florida: Pregnant females are attracted to the sounds produced by singing male mole crickets, which act as a host for these parasitoids. The eggs develop inside the female fly, and hatch before being placed onto a host.
After hatching, female flies deposit their larvae onto mole crickets near the base of the wings, the area that produces the song they sing to attract them (Frank and Walker 2006). From here, the larvae will tunnel into and parasitize the host. The larvae will eventually emerge out of the mole cricket body and burrow into the soil to pupate. After pupation, the adult fly emerges approximately eleven days later, and after mating, the cycle begins again.
How’s that for gruesome?
This is a leaf-footed bug. They are not liked in Florida, because they damage the citrus groves. There are nine species in the state. I think they’re cool-looking, though. I snapped this one on my car. Weeks later, it’s still hanging around.
See you next time.