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Pygmy backswimmer - Neoplea striola
Pygmy backswimmer - Neoplea striola
Pulaski County, Kentucky, USA
May 10, 2003
Size: 2 mm
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
I had stuck this with some immature Heteroptera because I didn't recognize it at first. This is a pygmy backswimmer, family Pleidae.

Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA
4 of 4 images of this specimen.

Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA
3 of 4 images of this specimen.

Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA
2 of 4 images of this specimen.

Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing? - Micromus subanticus
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA
1 of 4 images of this specimen.

Robber Fly - what kind? - Laphria macquarti
Robber Fly - what kind? - Laphria macquarti
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 30, 2007
2 of 2 images of this specimen.
In meadow area.
2:50 PM
About 80 deg F.

Is there a reason that they seem to look like bumble bees?
Is this an advantage to them?

Any chance that the captured bug can be ID'ed even though it is not a good view?
If possible I wanted to include that on a picture label.

Robber Fly - what kind? - Laphria macquarti
Robber Fly - what kind? - Laphria macquarti
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 30, 2007
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
In meadow area.
2:50 PM
About 80 deg F.

Is there a reason that they seem to look like bumble bees?
Is this an advantage to them?

Any chance that the captured bug can be ID'ed even though it is not a good view?
If possible I wanted to include that on a picture label.

Lygocoris hirticulus - Neolygus hirticulus
Lygocoris hirticulus - Neolygus hirticulus
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 11, 2006
2 of 2 images of this specimen.

Lygocoris hirticulus - Neolygus hirticulus
Lygocoris hirticulus - Neolygus hirticulus
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 11, 2006
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
"Distinguished by the overall brown colour, by the yellowish brown second antennal segment" (1)
Identification confirmed by Dr. Michael Schwartz, Agriculture Canada.

Review of Lygocoris species found in Canada and Alaska (Heteroptera: Miridae)
By L. A. Kelton
D.P. Pielou, 1971
Memoirs of the Entomological Society of America, No 83
This monography includes illustrations of 30 Lygocoris species, identification keys, species descriptions, distribution maps, etc.