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Five Banded Thynnid Wasp

Scientific Name: Myzinum quinquecinctum

Family: Thynnidae

Native Range: East and Central United States, Pennsylvania

Size: 16–22 mm (0.63 – 0.87 in)

Active: Late spring – fall

Color and Appearance: “Both genders have the wings darkened evenly overall. Males have brown tinted wings. Females have orange tinted wings. Females have red antennae, including the flagellum. Sometimes you can see yellow coloring on the scape.”*

*From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/109316)

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Common Eastern Physocephala Fly

Scientific Name: Physocephala tibialis

Family: Conopidae

Native Range: East United States, Pennsylvania*

Size: I observed them to be about 25 mm (1 in)

Active: July – August

Color and Appearance: “Adult body mostly black, with thin white, posterior bands on abdominal segments one and two; tibiae whitish at base.”*

Common Eastern Physocephala Wasps are flies that parasitize bees. They station themselves near flowers where they can find victims.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physocephala_tibialis)

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Blue-Winged Scoliid Wasp

Scientific Name: Scolia dubia

Family: Scoliidae

Native Range: Eastern and Central United States to the Rocky Mountains, Pennsylcania*

Size: Length: 20 – 25 mm (0.8–1.0 in)*

Active: Summer and early fall*

Color and Appearance: “The head, thorax, and first two abdominal segments are black, while the remainder of the abdomen is red with two bright yellow spots on the third abdominal segment.”*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolia_dubia)

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Robust Ground Cricket

Scientific Name: Allonemobius sp.

Family: Gryllidae

Native Range: North America, Pennsylvania

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Active: Summer – early fall

Color and Appearance:

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Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

Scientific Name: Euptoieta claudia

Family: Nymphalidae

Native Range: North and South America, Pennsylvania

Size: Wingspan: 44 – 57 mm (1.75–2.25 in)

Active: Summer – early fall

Color and Appearance:

Larval Host Plant: Passionflower

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White-Margined Burrower Bug

Scientific Name: Sehirus cinctus

Family: Cydnidae

Native Range: United States and Canada, Pennsylvania*

Size: Length: 4.0-6.5 mm (0.16 – 0.26 in)*

Active: March – September*

Color and Appearance: Black with a white dorsal margin*

*From BugGuide.net (https://bugguide.net/node/view/6982)

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Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Scientific Name: Pseudopamera nitidula

Family: Rhyparochromidae

Native Range: North and Central America

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Active: Nocturnal

Color and Appearance:

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Green Stink Bug

Scientific Name: Chinavia hilaris

Family: Pentatomidae

Native Range: North America, Pennsylvania

Size: Length:13-19 mm (0.51 – 0.75 in)

Active: May – November

Color and Appearance: Green and stink bug shaped

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Green Lacewing

Family: Chrysopidae

Native Range: Europe and North America, Pennsylvania*

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Active: Spring, summer, fall*

Color and Appearance: Green body with four clear wings*

August 24, 2020: Green lacewings are nocturnal. My photograph was taken under our porch light. While adult green lacewings feed on nectar, pollen, and honeydew, the larva seek out and devour soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars. As a result, the larva known as aphidlions are used as a form of organic pest control, particularly in enclosed spaces like greenhouses. Female green laceswings lay eggs at the tops of fine filaments to prevent fellow lacewing larva from eating the eggs.*

*From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysopidae)

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Robber Fly

Family: Efferia

Native Range: Neotropical and near arctic, Pennsylvania

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Active: Ambush preditor

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