Monday Night Mystery: A Close Crop

Tonight’s challenge: four common midwestern insects. Can you identify them from just a small cropped photo?

Points will be awarded to the first commentators to name the correct genus and species for each insect (2.5 points per photo).

The cumulative points winner for the month of October will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my galleries, or 2) a guest post here at Myrmecos on a safe-for-work topic of their choosing.

11 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: A Close Crop”

  1. They’re all so pretty! My early morning just-woke-up guesses…

    1) Polistes fuscatus (tricky because they’re so variable, looks similar to dorsalis too)
    2) Danaus plexippus (been raising these)
    3) Phymata fasciata (one of my favorites!)
    4) Chauliognathus pensylvanicus (yay for soldier beetles)


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