Monday Night Mystery

What on earth are these entomological wonders?

Ten Myrmecos points to the first person to correctly guess genus and species. And two bonus points for an explaination of why these are harder to find now than they were 150 years ago.

The cumulative points winner for the month of August will take home their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

13 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Also, the introduction of the tachnid fly Compsilura concinnata in the 1860s to control gypsy moths contributed to its decline. Though electric power was also just beginning to start up at that time, I believe.

    1. No, no! Surely these are Christmas ornaments, or possible Easter eggs, both of which are rapidly approaching extinction due to the increasing secularization of the United States and Europe.

  2. Michael Suttkus, II

    They’re rarer now because people have learned to throw out their eggs when they look like that.

  3. Engorged dog ticks, Dermacentor variabilis. They are less common than 150 years ago because they prefer taller weeds/grasses/vegetation to disperse, and the last century and a half has seen increased urbanization and manicuring of vegetation.

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