Pudding4brains

Pudding4brains

Hobby entomologist interested in many "unpopular" groups (Opiliones, Oniscidea, Microcoryphia, Zygentoma, Dermaptera, Blattodea, Neuroptera, Mecoptera, Raphidioptera etc.)
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    1. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 6 days ago
      Beautiful bird and an asset to the park I would think ;o) Over here, we have one or two common species of Heron and the rest is scarce.
    2. Comment on Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 6 days ago
      Nice! Is it a common bird in the area, or rather rare?
    3. ahw ... you beat me to it! :o)
    4. Comment on Helicoverpa armigera - With red poo 7 days ago
      p.s. Dug it up ... :o)
      Palomena prasina with berry-belly(?) Inspired by a comment exchange with Christine I dug up some old images of a discussion about food possibly influencing the colour on the belly of this Green shield bug. I'm a bit dismayed at the poor quality of the old photos (all between 2006-2008), but they still show the cause for discussion/doubt, so hey ...<br />
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When I found this here bug (photograph above), I was convinced the pink belly would have been caused by the diet of reddish-purple berries it was sitting on. The colours just seem to match perfectly.<br />
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This image was taken on September 3rd. We had a short discussion on this on waarneming.nl (a Dutch biodiversity platform) and it was suggested that the colour could very well be "just" the beginning of this animal's change to winter colours.<br />
Indeed, in this process the belly usually seems to "go" first with many brown "freckles" appearing, just around the same time in September. To illustrate this, here are two images of September 10th and 18th both from a different location than the one above, where there are no red berries present, so in this case the colour is the onset of winter colouring, I'm sure.<br />
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September 10th, this one is already changing to winter dress:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85623/palomena_prasina_-_september_w_brown_belly.html<br />
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September 18th, this one is still celebrating summer:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85625/palomena_prasina_-_september_w_green_belly.html<br />
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Just for comparison, here is a collage of "full" winter colours, taken in France in February:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85624/palomena_prasina_-_winter_dress.html<br />
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All in all, I still think the pink on the first image matches too darn well with the berries, but given that this was in September and these critters do start getting brownish speckled bellies around that time I can't be sure ... possibly still a combination of the two?!? Carpocorini,Green shield bug,Heteroptera,Palomena,Palomena prasina,Pentatomidae,Pentatominae,Pentatomoidea,nl: Groene Schildwants
    5. Comment on Adalia bipunctata f. typica 7 days ago
      Hi Ferdy, there are some thoughts on this with the image posted below :-/
      Adalia bipunctata f. typica This once abundant species is quickly becoming scarce and possibly going extinct, due to the arrival of Harmonia axyridis, both as a competitor in the same habitats, but also as a vector of disease.<br />
The fact that it is commercially exploited (and hence "produced" in mass) as a biological control agent, may improve it's chances of "surviving" as a species, but over the last years I've found fewer and fewer in the wild. Adalia,Adalia bipunctata,Adalia bipunctata f. typica,Coccinellidae,Coccinellinae,Coleoptera,Geotagged,Ladybird,Netherlands,Two-spot Ladybird,Two-spotted lady beetle,nl: Tweestippelig lieveheersbeestje
    6. Comment on Helicoverpa armigera - With red poo 7 days ago
      A while back I noticed that a Green Stinkbug (Palomena prasina) had a conspicuously pink belly and it was feeding on red/purple berries. We had a discussion about that (the food influencing the colour of the animal) that came up inconclusive, but I still like to think it was the reason for the pink cuticula. If you look closely here, the younger caterpillar on strawberry also has a more reddish hue to it and after feeding on cucumber and salad for a week it is distinctly greener ... I won't go there with these two images as there will also certainly be a "normal" difference in colouring between states or stages of development, but it is something I couldn't help noticing after picking up on the colour of the droppings.
    7. Comment on Helicoverpa armigera - With red poo 7 days ago
      Yes, it's the reason for posting these - I only noticed it consciously while cropping the images :o)
    8. Comment on Plodia interpunctella - Pale pattern 8 days ago
      Yes, I've seen images of specimen that are even paler, with even the "orange" faded but didn't encounter those myself yet. Nevertheless interesting enough to have some variation to show here on JD too, or so I thought :o)
    9. Comment on Proboscis monkey 9 days ago
      Love the way it is sitting in that tree - at ease, contemplating something or the other ... beautiful scene!
    10. Over here they will drop to the forest floor in fall, together with the acorn, and then eat their way out and dig into the ground deep enough to not freeze. They will pupate in the ground and may optionally either emerge the next year or decide to stay dormant underground for another winter.