Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events


DRAFT: Explanation Requests

Collection of BugGuide entries that explain or request explanation of behavior, situation, how insect parts work, etc. per Behavior Explanation Request Page forum page.
==============================
==============================

Helpful Books
Unexplained
Explanations
Mating

==============================

Helpful Books:

The Encyclopedia of Land Invertebrate Behaviour
BugGuide Book Reference
Read it on Google Books


Unexplained:

Unsolved bug-related mysteries
[a Non Taxon under Arthropods]


What are "barnacles" on Dragonfly?


What are "tabs" above this beetle's claws used for?


Why is Bumble Bee licking rock?


What is this on Argiope spider?


Firefly and friend- what are they doing?


How Skipper proboscis works


How do you distinguish Orchelimum pulchellum and the nigripes


How spider mouth parts work


Aphid 'feeding' the Mealybug Destroyer?


Ambush Bugs drinking?


Explanations:


Skippers dipping their abdomen into the ground


Grasshopper succumbed to a fungal infection


Lacewing overwintering stage


Pupa's anal hooks are called the cremaster


Wasps ovipositing


Locust vs. Grasshopper


Egg filled effluvium


Assassin bug simple eyes, also known as ocelli


Mosquito blood sucking apparatus


Fighting ants


Phoretic mites


Plant Bug with Parasitic Fungi
Forum: Parasitic Fungi


Resting Midge
Forum: Midge Resting Behavior


Bettle genitalia in identification


Carpenter Ants begging for food


Shield bugs provide maternal care for their eggs and young


Spider constructing an egg sac


Parasitic wasp larvae have exited host and made coccoons


Dragonfly's Obelisk position
Obelisk Posture Glossary Entry


Lynx Spider 'pregnancy'


Ladybug larvae are egg predators


Ants 'herd' aphids for their honeydew


Molting Plant Bug


Snipe Fly with fungus


Parasitic wasps on caterpillar's back


Mating:

Roosting vs. Mating?
Forum: Roosting Male Bees and Wasps



2 Males & 1 female Bumble Bees


Bumble Bee threesome and then foursome


Female juvenile's mating with male Horace's Duskywing?


Small Carpenter Bees mating or roosting?


A blue Green Dock Beetle and a Multicolored Asian Ladybird


Three Leaf Beetles linked

A resource
I just came across a book called The Encyclopedia of Land Invertebrate Behaviour. It looks like it should be very helpful in explaining some of the behavioral "explanation requests". You can browse through it here (if that link doesn't work, try googling the title and then following the Google Books link).

 
Added
Thanks, I've both added it above and requested it from our local library.

This comment also led me to look at other Books on BugGuide.

A few more
How about a link to Roosting male Hymenoptera?
There is also .
And a number of phoretic mites

 
Thanks...
I'm slugging through year by year starting with earliest posts looking for anything needing or having an explanation.

Looks like Strange Mating may end up being a separate topic :)

Any suggestions as to search words would be helpful.

Ultimately, I'd love for there to be an Explanation Request section like ID Request.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.