A recent walk around Papscanee Island, on the same day I saw the American Robin’s nest, rewarded me with some cool pictures of insects. A Six Spotted Tiger Beetle is above, an insect with a confusing name not explained by the helpful people at whatsthatbug.com who identified it for me:
This is a Tiger Beetle. More specifically, it seems to be a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata. We are not sure why it is called the Six Spotted Tiger Beetle as most specimens appear to have 8 spots, and some have none.
Less confusing is the Mourning Cloak butterfly below.
Next up is a wasp of some kind, I think (maybe a hornet?):
And, finally, a Cabbage White, an introduced species, feeding on the invasive Garlic Mustard:
I think I’m going to buy Kenn Kauffman’s field guide to insects.
Kenns book is great! BTW: LOVE the Mourning Cloak photo!
Makes me want to get the guide.-The color on that Tiger Beetle is so vivid and mettalic looking-Nice Job!
Great shots. That last one could be a poster for non-native species.
Great photos, Corey. I had no idea the ubiquitous Cabbage White was introduced. Does that make it a trash bug?