Friday, November 20, 2009

The insects of Birmingham



Still collecting in Birmingham and thought i share some of my finds with you all.
Grasshoppers in Birmingham are well, bigger. This is a Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea Microptera) next to a quarter for comparison. they have very tiny wings and tend to walk around rather then hop or fly. when alive they have yellow bee like bands that run the length of their abdomens.




















Another interesting grasshopper i've come across is this little guy. At first i thought it was in the pygmy grasshopper family (Tetrigidae), however its pronotum isn't elongated, an attribute of the Tetrigidae family. As you can see it's virtually wingless as well.

One more insect i wanted to share with you guys is this beautiful butterfly, The Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides Halesus). This species has two small tails and is iridescent blue. The underside of their abdomens are bright red which is very nice in contrast to their bodies.













The cockroaches down here are also quite large and numerous, but i'll get to that another time.
hope all is well in Chicago,
Kara

1 comment:

a.s.yang said...

Hey Kara -

thanks for all of these lovely images! Looks like you are finding some find hexapods down there in 'Bama. Hope all is well!

Chicago misses you ~