Content tagged with "insect"

Annual Cicada (Molted Exoskeleton)

Photo of a shed exoskeleton molted by an annual cicada.
In July and August, annual cicada nymphs claw out of the ground, climb trees or other objects, and molt to become winged adults. Their shed skins remain behind, while the adults sing, mate, and produce the next generation. More

Annual Cicadas (Dog-Day Cicadas)

image of Walker's Cicada clinging to a perch
In Missouri, cicadas in the genus Tibicen
Commonly heard but less often seen, these bugs look like larger and greener versions of the famous periodical cicadas. Annual cicadas go through a life cycle of only about 2–5 years, and some are present every year—thus they are called annual. More

Antlion Adult

Photo of adult antlion with wings spread
Adult antlions look like fragile, drab damselflies, with an elongated body, four intricately veined wings mottled with browns and black, and clubbed or curved antennae about as long as the head and thorax. More

Antlion Adult (Wings Folded)

photo of adult antlion with wings folded
Adult antlions fly soon after their wings harden and are best looked for during calm, late-summer sunsets and evenings, as they flutter about seeking mates and good places to lay eggs. They also come to lights. More

Antlion Larva

image of Antlion Larva on rock
Antlions live just beneath small, conical pits they create in sandy or loose soil. There they wait quietly, ready to grab any ant or other insect unlucky enough to tumble down the sides. More

Antlion Pits

image of Antlion pits in ground
Antlions, also called doodlebugs, are most familiar in their immature stages, when they create pits in sand or dust in which to trap ants. The adults look something like drab damselflies. More

Antlions (Doodlebugs)

image of Antlion pits in ground
More than 100 species in North America north of Mexico
Antlions, also called doodlebugs, are most familiar in their immature stages, when they create pits in sand in which to trap ants. The adults look something like drab damselflies. More

Ants

image of acrobat ants on a leaf
More than 700 species in North America
Ants are everywhere! They outnumber us a million to one. These colonial insects are familiar to everyone on Earth. Their lives are endlessly fascinating. More

Aphids

image of Aphids on plant
More than 1,300 species in North America north of Mexico
Aphids are common, small, soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. To see them well, you probably need a hand lens, but the damage they do to plants can be all too obvious! More

Aphids

image of Aphids on plant
Aphids are soft-bodied, plump, pear-shaped, and tiny. They suck plant juices. They have two tubelike projections on the hind end of the body, called cornicles, which aid in defense. Aphids are commonly green, yellow, or brown, but the color varies among the many, many species. More