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Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus labefactus, Thomisidae)
 See other images of spiders of the family Thomisidae in my photostream HERE.

Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most consistently to members of the family Thomisidae. 

Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects. 

Rationalisation for the name crab spider is generally subjective and anecdotal. It is commonly said to refer to a fancied resemblance to crabs, or to the way such spiders hold their two front pairs of legs, or their ability to scuttle sideways or backwards. 

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese spiders and arachnids on my Flickr site HERE…..

Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus labefactus, Thomisidae)

See other images of spiders of the family Thomisidae in my photostream HERE.

Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most consistently to members of the family Thomisidae.

Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects.

Rationalisation for the name crab spider is generally subjective and anecdotal. It is commonly said to refer to a fancied resemblance to crabs, or to the way such spiders hold their two front pairs of legs, or their ability to scuttle sideways or backwards.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese spiders and arachnids on my Flickr site HERE…..

If a tree falls in the forest……

Moth Caterpillars (Lasiocampidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Yellow Marmorated Stink Bug (Erthesina fullo, Pentatomidae)adult (above) and nymph (below)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Yellow Marmorated Stink Bug (Erthesina fullo, Pentatomidae)
adult (above) and nymph (below)


Late instar Yellow Marmorated Stink Bug Nymph (Erthesina fullo, Pentatomidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

A Tiger Brown (Orinoma damaris, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae) competes with ants for the sap bubbling from an injured tree


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..
Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bug (Tessaratomidae) 

See images of the nymphal forms of Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bugs in my photostream HERE. And more adult Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bugs HERE.


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bug (Tessaratomidae)

See images of the nymphal forms of Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bugs in my photostream HERE. And more adult Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bugs HERE.

Tessaratomid Giant Shield Bug (Tessaratomidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”
View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my photostream, HERE.

You will notice I have given each individual a descriptive superhero-style name in the title of the image. The Setora genus have several colour variations - “Red Devil”, “Yellow Devil" and "Green Devil”. This is for my own reference mainly because practically none of these caterpillars are identified (maybe even ever formally) and this will allow me to group the growing number of images I have into their like-kinds including the various instars I have captured. 


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my photostream, HERE.

You will notice I have given each individual a descriptive superhero-style name in the title of the image. The Setora genus have several colour variations - “Red Devil”, “Yellow Devil" and "Green Devil”. This is for my own reference mainly because practically none of these caterpillars are identified (maybe even ever formally) and this will allow me to group the growing number of images I have into their like-kinds including the various instars I have captured.

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Shield Bugs (Dalpada sp., Pentatomidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Shield Bugs (Dalpada sp., Pentatomidae)

An Amazing Leaf (with a bug on it)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)
(attracted to MV night light and keen to leave)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)
(attracted to MV night light and keen to leave)

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..

Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)

Limacodid Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

SINOBUG Daily Photoblog


Every day for the past THREE years (1096 days and counting), I have posted an image on my Sinobug daily photoblog on Aminus3.


Click HERE to see today’s entry

or

HERE to browse the multitude of past postings.


The Usual Suspects

by Sinobug (itchydogimages)
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE……
Mid-instar Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)
Late Instar Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia)(below)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..

Mid-instar Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)

Late Instar Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)

Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Zygaenid Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia, Chalcosiinae, Zygaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lady Beetle (Harmonia sp., Coccinellidae)

Although cannibalism of eggs by Coccinellid larva (in fact amongst and between all hungry Coccinellid life stages) is well-recognized and researched (this occurs typically when prey sources are limited in quality and quantity, or as an intentional means of boosting survival probability for first hatchings where egg clustering occurs), less is known about egg cannibalism and predation by adult Coccinellidae. What is apparent (maybe because they are an easier genus to study and very common), is that the Harmonia genus seems to be very adept at cannibalism at all stages of life both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Cannibalism of other Coccinellid species is significant where Harmonia occur as an invasive species (i.e. everywhere outside of Asia) and where they are overwhelming native species.

Certainly, nutritional stress and interspecies competition are logical reasons for egg cannibalism by adult beetles, but it is also proposed that females lay fertile and trophic (infertile) eggs. The purpose of the unviable trophic eggs is purely for the nutritional benefit of the female and not a failure of the reproductive process, and not a phenomenon restricted to lady beetles. So, in fact, the consumption of Coccinellid eggs by adult beetles is not an act of cannibalism in these circumstances, but an intentional  behavior aimed at supplementing nutrition.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lady Beetle (Harmonia sp., Coccinellidae)

Although cannibalism of eggs by Coccinellid larva (in fact amongst and between all hungry Coccinellid life stages) is well-recognized and researched (this occurs typically when prey sources are limited in quality and quantity, or as an intentional means of boosting survival probability for first hatchings where egg clustering occurs), less is known about egg cannibalism and predation by adult Coccinellidae. What is apparent (maybe because they are an easier genus to study and very common), is that the Harmonia genus seems to be very adept at cannibalism at all stages of life both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Cannibalism of other Coccinellid species is significant where Harmonia occur as an invasive species (i.e. everywhere outside of Asia) and where they are overwhelming native species.

Certainly, nutritional stress and interspecies competition are logical reasons for egg cannibalism by adult beetles, but it is also proposed that females lay fertile and trophic (infertile) eggs. The purpose of the unviable trophic eggs is purely for the nutritional benefit of the female and not a failure of the reproductive process, and not a phenomenon restricted to lady beetles. So, in fact, the consumption of Coccinellid eggs by adult beetles is not an act of cannibalism in these circumstances, but an intentional behavior aimed at supplementing nutrition.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese beetles on my Flickr site HERE…..

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..