Meet a Locust Borer, and Listening During Dispersal

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Heard a Screech Owl early this AM. This is a great time of year to hear owls as its comfortable to have windows open, and young being driven from parents territories and trying to find their own…Dispersal.

During Sunday’s tropical storm Irene, a Black Locust in the yard started giving way, we did a safe controlled felling of the tree during the storm. The following day cutting the tree up, I noticed it had lots of critters on it, took out the camera and took a few macros then did some ID work..Two types (one mimics the thorns, black and yellow is male) of host specific tree hoppers, they, like aphids are tended by carpenter ants.

As far as I can tell, a thief ant, a super tiny ant, found its way into the frame,on the broken twig above the black tree hopper on the right side. (that is a standard size carpenter ant)

and finally on top of the fresh cut log pile the colorful Locust Borer.

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