Sculptured Pine Borer - Chalcophora virginiensis
This beetle is common in the area, about an 1 to 1.25 inch in length, with bronze/metallic underside markings. The larvae of this insect feeds on live pines and can eventually kill the tree. I do not usually advocate destroying critters, but these really should be destroyed.
Steve's popular book, Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, can be found in libraries around the country. It was an entrant for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry and a National Book Award. You can buy a signed copy here, along with his chapbooks, Pack Your Bags and A Good Sharp Knife. You will enjoy the writings of your FishHawk Ranch neighbor, writer and Realtor!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
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Monday, August 8, 2011
Millipede, Narceus americanus, found throughout the community in planter beds and wooded areas. Although they look dangerous, millipedes are not poisonous, but they do secrete a substance that can irritate the skin, if you are sensitive to it. This one was found in the conservation area behind Eagle Ridge.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
More photos recently submitted by residents!
Diane Steinbach met up with a black and yellow argiope, Argiope aurantia, these are common throughout FishHawk Ranch.
Greg Dean got a few shots of another critter that is plentiful in the area, the sandhill crane, Grus canadensis
Kannan Deivasigamani submitted some recently taken macro photos. The wasp is a cicada killer,Sphecius speciosus, which are the large wasps that dig holes at the edges of our driveways and sidewalks. They paralyze cicadas with their sting, pull them into the burrow and lay an egg on it.