Sunday, April 15, 2012

A World of Insects

Abe V Rotor
If animations imitate all the insects
in their looks, antiques and sound;
we shall have encountered the creatures
we dreamed of from Mars and beyond.
Field cricket (Acheta bimaculata)
Daddy-long-legs or crane fly (Tipula). It has the unique
habit of continuously shaking, either to decoy its prey
or keep it virtually invisible to its predator, hence also
called quake fly (gingined which means earthquake in Iloko)
Preying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is notoriously
infamous as the executioner of the insect world,
sparing not even its own kind. But that's not all.
The female gnaws the head of her mate during the
act to enhance sperm release, then she proceeds
eating the whole carcass for needed nutrition.
Last instar nymph of a brown walking stick
Walking stick insects in a cluster, Museum of Natural History, UPLB
Green walking stick, UPLB
A pair of brown walking sticks, UPLB
A rare walking stick, UPLB
Walking sticks in a cage, UPLB. Many species of stick
insects remain undiscovered and unnamed because
of their wide morphological diversity.
Brown stink bug (Nezara), garden at home

Antlion (Neuroptera), adult and larva; funnel-shape
trap pits of the antlion larvae (ukoy ukoy Ilk)

Tussock moth and caterpillar (higad); leaf skeleton of
samat (Macaranga tenarius) left behind by the caterpillar
A pair of harlequin bug, Order Hemiptera
Green tree ants (Oecephala smaragdina) attack insects
very much larger their size.

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