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Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 3, 2004
11:21 PM

Post #1033601

A colorful bug on the sunflowers, and it flies.

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Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 3, 2004
11:49 PM

Post #1033623

I don't think it's the common milkweed bug. The skinny head & fat abdomen are different.
Monocromatico
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
(Zone 11)


September 4, 2004
12:00 AM

Post #1033636

I avoid all bugs of that kind (Hemiptera). Some of them are blood suckers, others just secrete stinky and nauseating substances on you, others are just plant parasites, and I donīt want to find out which ones do what.
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
12:20 AM

Post #1033658

I think it's one of the assassin bugs. Did you happen to get a profile shot? LOL
raisedbedbob
Walkerton, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 4, 2004
12:33 AM

Post #1033671

I think Floridan's got it. Now, get right back out there and get a profile shot to prove it, Xenorf! LOL
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 4, 2004
12:42 AM

Post #1033692

yep!

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:07 AM

Post #1033724

Bottom view

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Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:08 AM

Post #1033725

Bottom view 2

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Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:09 AM

Post #1033728

Side view

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Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:10 AM

Post #1033729

Front view

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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


September 4, 2004
1:16 AM

Post #1033737

I watched a wildlife show recently on one of the nature channels. I forgot the name of the host... but he was some crazy bug scientist. For the sake of demostration he was putting stink bugs in his mouth. LOL - It was soooo gross!
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:20 AM

Post #1033744

Definitely an assassin bug...one you want in your garden. You can tell by the beak or proboscis folded up under its head/face. Great pictures!

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:27 AM

Post #1033755

Were the stink bigs starting thier stinking routine yet? hehehe

OK, why do I want this in my garden?
Let me guess, It assissinates bad bugs. Right?
Any quick links on hand I can read?
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 4, 2004
1:27 AM

Post #1033756

http://www.easyinsects.co.uk/assassin-bugs/

Is it an assassin bug? Apparently there are many species. Most are beneficial but, some have a poisonous bite.

I don't know but, I know the fotos are fantastic! Did it stay put until you came back?

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:30 AM

Post #1033760

I didn't have to go back, I just kept clicking until it flew away, I had to jump out of the way because it made a fuzzy-buzzing sound.
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 4, 2004
1:34 AM

Post #1033769

Tell me about your camera!
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:42 AM

Post #1033781

http://www.everythingabout.net/articles/biology/animals/arthropods/insects/bugs/assassin_bug/
http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg51.html
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2082.html

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:44 AM

Post #1033786

Canon A70 Powershot, built in macro. I use mostly the manual mode, that way i can control the depth of field & exposure better. I'll have to find the book to find out the spec on the macro etc..
You could probably find the specs on the net somewhere.
I shoot everything at the highest resolution with the least amount of compression.
A 512 memory card gets about 300-350 photos.
I know there's later models out now A80 & A90 maybe.

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
1:49 AM

Post #1033795

Thanks for the links.
I have my reading material for tonight :-)
salvia_lover
Modi'in
Israel

September 4, 2004
2:36 PM

Post #1034337

Xenomorf, I wouldn't have been able to even guess about the bug...but MAN! Those are some fantastic photos! :-)

-Julie

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
4:05 PM

Post #1034424

Thanks.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 5, 2004
12:15 AM

Post #1034910

That is a really cool-looking assasin bug! We just have the plain black/brown ones in my area. As far as I know they are beneficial - I've seen them "assasinating" caterpillars, katydids, and other pests. They will emit a nasty stink if disturbed. I've never tried to pick one up so I've never been bitten, but it stands to reason that they could have a painful bite - their proboscis injects venom and digestive enzymes into their prey so that could do some serious damage to your flesh!

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 5, 2004
1:52 AM

Post #1035054

This is the first time I've ever seen this particular species, probably not a very common one I'd gather.
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 5, 2004
2:04 AM

Post #1035072

Maybe a neighbor released some for pest control. They are sold for that purpose. From what I gather they are a pretty ferocious predator.
NatureWalker
New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 5, 2004
2:12 AM

Post #1035082

Xenomorf, I think this assassin bug liked his photo-op! He was definetly 'into it'. I've never seen a bug so open to staying put for the camera.

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 5, 2004
2:41 AM

Post #1035106

I clicked off about 30 shots in 2 minutes, before it flew away.
BloomsWithaView
Moab, UT
(Zone 6b)

September 5, 2004
2:46 AM

Post #1035114

So this guy is sort of a ''have gun will travel'' sort of guy. Kinda crowd control for the mobs. lol Ugly-attractive critter. Great post. TNX ~Blooms
judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2004
12:00 AM

Post #1036013

Maybe it's this one?

http://www.bugguide.net/node/view/4416/bgimage

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 6, 2004
12:20 AM

Post #1036029

Coloration, very close.
But now the plot thickens, this is a 'Bee' killer.
One good bug stalking a 'very' good bug...LOL
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 6, 2004
12:40 AM

Post #1036044

Cool site!
NatureWalker
New York & Terrell, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2004
1:28 AM

Post #1036107

Assassin bug
http://www.clemson.edu/hort/homehort/biassbug.htm

"assassin bug"
http://www.ipmimages.org/cgi-bin/searchaction.cfm

IPM Images: The Source for Agricultural Images
http://www.ipmimages.org/

This is a scary guy: http://www.ipmimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=1233065
danak
Olympia, WA
(Zone 7b)

September 6, 2004
6:45 AM

Post #1036330

It looks to me like judyb has solved the mystery! The markings are nearly identical. I think the difference in color is due to the images, not to actual color differences. Do you commonly see these, or was this a rare spotting?

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 6, 2004
1:20 PM

Post #1036484

First time I've ever seen this one.
tigerlily
Tiller, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2004
4:12 AM

Post #1037631

Interesting bug, and you and that camera do very well together! Beautiful series of photos.
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2004
5:24 AM

Post #1141444

Very cool pics!!! and I like the name too. Bugs fascinate me, I love and collect them, and also take pics when I can!!! I played with the ones in Australia in the Bush (forest) I even ate a green ant with the natives! My DH brought me back my favorite, Rhinocerous Beetle from Malaysia, dead one, but it's mounted, lol, I love Dung beetles, and those beautifull Japanese ones, We get lot's of them down south, I like to hold them on my hands!

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


November 12, 2004
11:34 AM

Post #1141577

Rhinocerous Beetle is one of my favorite beetles also.

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