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Re: Re: TB: Tea Leaves and insects

  • Subject: Re: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Tea Leaves and insects
  • From: <willwarner@alltel.net>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 19:58:59 -0500

Thanks for the ID's and the link Bill.  Hope this little guy will reduce the 
cutworm population around here.  Thanks again.
Will Warner

> 
> From: Bill Chaney <Bill@blackarabs.com>
> Date: 2004/10/08 Fri AM 11:17:55 CDT
> To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB: Tea Leaves and insects
> 
> The insects in your photos are a type of Ambush Bug from the family 
> Phymatidae, Order Heimptera. These are True Bugs and they they are 
> predatory.  The moth it is feeding on is an adult cutworm, the larva of 
> which might feed on iris, but is not a borer.
> 
> Here is a photo of a ambush bug eating a yellow jacket.
> 
> 
> Here is a link to more info.
> http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/
ambush.html
> 
> 
> willwarner@alltel.net wrote:
> 
> >Tea leaves has been reblooming really good here.  The stalk is much 
> >bigger this fall, I counted 11buds, not sure if all will develop fully 
> >though, a couple look to be drying up.  In spring it was a tiny short 
stalk 
> >with only a couple buds.  Is this common with rebloomers? I've read 
> >other descriptions of rebloomers mentioning an intro having more 
buds 
> >in the fall. 
> > Latest style 
> >is planted right next to it, and is really similar, both have rebloomed 
> >together with spring and fall bloom they start blooming within a day 
of 
> >each other. 
> > I noticed beetles wreaking havoc.  I started getting them off 
> >all the flowers and noticed a really odd insect.  I thought it was a tiny 
> >mantis at first, that's why the pics are titled minimantis. His color 
and 
> >markings looked just like Tea Leaves and it's haft markings, his eyes 
> >were orange, that didn't show well in the pics.   I went back that 
night 
> >and found it had got a moth.  On closer inspection, I noticed he had 
a 
> >proboscus, and was using it on the moth. Pretty "wild" I thought.  
That 
> >makes him not a mantis but closer to heteroptera. So, he's more like 
a 
> >mini assasin bug. I've never seen anything like him, and haven't 
found 
> >anything real close on the internet, yet.   Does anyone recognize if 
this Is 
> >a 
> >type of borer moth?  Hope I didn't go too OT with this.  I reduced 
these 
> >images to keep the size low.  I love my Macro function, this little guy 
is 
> >tiny. 
> >Will Warner 
> >Sw Mo zone 6
> >
> >
> >  
> >
> >
> 
> 



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