Leander Scruggs-Class of 2014

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Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Leander is a current junior at the University of Richmond studying History and French. His future aspirations after graduating college include attending law school with the ultimate goal of becoming a military defense attorney for the United States Navy. Having taken Bio 199: Insects and Humans, Leander has gained a broader base and understanding of entomology as well as the behavior of insects as whole.

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Dead Wood Borer Moth, Scolecocampa liburna, (Lepidoptera:Erebidae)

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The Dead Wood Borer Moth, Scolecocampa liburna, is a type of moth located in North America and especially in the mid-west, eastern, and southern regions. Adults have a wing span of 35-43 mm and a length of 38mm. They are pale beige to a dirty white color. Their bodies are shinning and smooth. Located on their wings are tiny dark spots varying size. Adults can be found in the wild from April until October in habitats such as forests, meadows, and suburban areas.    

 

 

References:

 

Coitinis, & Heiman, M. (2005, January). Species Scolecocampa liburna - Dead-Wood Borer Moth.Retrieved December 5, 2012, from Bug Guide website: http://bugguide.net/node/view/10292 

 

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Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa Linnaeus (Lepidoptera:Nymphalidae)

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The Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa, is a common butterfly located in North America with a wing span of 2-4 inches. Their wings have short projections and irregular borders. Almost all Mourning Cloaks have the same purple-black primary color, bright yellow marks on the tips of each wing, and a row of radiant blue spots at the edge of the border. Adults prefer to feed upon tree sap particularly that of oaks, however they also feed on rotting fruit and occasionally flower nectar. Adults live for 10-11 months and due to their migratory nature, can be found in almost any habitat that host plants occur, including woods, openings, parks, and suburbs, and especially in riparian areas.  

 

Reference:

National Biological Information Infrastructure. (2005). Attributes of Nymphalis antiopa. Retrieved  December 5, 2012, from Butterflies and Moths of North America website:http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Nymphalis-antiopa 

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Bumble Flower Beetle, Eurphoria india, (Cleoptera:Scarabaeidae)

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Bumble Flower Beetles, Eurphoria India (Scarabaeidae), are approximately 12-16 mm in length and 8-10 mm in width. The outer wings are tannish brown with lines of black spots going down them as well. There is a thick layer of hair on the head and thorax (giving its Bumble bee appearance) as well as white hairs on the underside of the body. The Bumble Flower Beetle also emits a pungent defensive chemical countermeasure when threatened or captured. The BFB can be found flyting low in grassy, wooded, and meadow areas and are common during the growing season. The BFB are attracted to flowers, oozing sap, and other sweet fermenting matter. The BFB can be found throughout the East Coast and parts of Canada and Utah, generally the new generation becomes active in mid-August until the end of September. 

 

REFERENCE

  1. Beddes, T., & Davis, R. S. (2011, December). Bumble Flower Beetle [Fact sheet]. Retrieved October 10, 2012, from Utah Pest Fact Sheet website: http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/ factsheet/bumble-flower-beetle2011-sf.pdf
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