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talk about insects please e-mail me.
I give God the glory for making the insects. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
(Gen 1:25 King James Version).
The Central Florida Area finally has an insect collecting club called,
The Central Florida Insect Enthusiasts and here is the information in case the
link is not updated.
The Central Florida Insect Enthusiasts hold their meetings on the 1st Saturday of every month at the Oakland Nature Preserve from 10am-11am. Join us on one of our field trips or Insect Safaris as we build a collection of all the insects of West Orange County!
A Luna Moth, a favorite
among collectors. It is easy to tell the difference between the male and the female, the male has wide feather like antennae, and the female has thin thread-like antennae, with very short feathering.
Luna Moth female.
The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, which is great to collect.
QUESTION MARK (Polygonia interrogationis).
Cloudless Sulphur - Phoebis sennae.
This is one of the largest butterflies in the world, The Birdwing Butterfly.
This is the largest butterfly in the World and it's scientific name
is Ornithoptera alexandrae.
Green Darner male.
The difference between male and female is, the abdomen is mostly blue, with green on segment 1 in males and greenish-brown or reddish-brown throughout in females.
Green Darner Female.
Here is one of my favorite insects, the Paper Wasp. The scientific name is Polistes
annularis. This species of paper wasp is my favorite of all paper wasps.
Photo by Charles Lewallen. Polistes
annularis occurs in RURAL areas, and loves a swampy habitat and other areas with lots of water (such as the Louisiana bayous and the lakes in Texas )! Its large nests are typically found attached to the limbs of trees & bushes overhanging water (Southern fishermen beware!) and also attached to the eaves of buildings. This intimidating red wasp sometimes even builds its nest inside cavities.
It preys on a great variety of caterpillars with records from the following
families: Arctiidae, Saturniidae, Geometridae, Limacodidae, Lymantriidae, Notodontidae,
Nymphalidae, Sphingidae, Erebidae, Noctuidae, Amphisbatidae and Elachistidae
Here is another photo of a Paper Wasp, Polistes annularis . Here is the website
I got this photo from. Here is one more website,
where there is a photo of a queen.
And one more Polistes annularis.
Here is another species of paper wasp and the scientific name for this wasp is
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Wasp. The scientific name is Chalybion