Description: Green Lacewings are about 1 1/2"; wings are delicate and go past the tip of its abdomen. Eyes are compound and are golden or copper in color. Antennae are long and threadlike. It has a delicate appearance since its’ wings are clear and laced with green veins. Habitat:They live in fields, gardens, parks, forests, and forest edges. Adults feed on aphids, honeydew (a sweet waste of aphids), and pollen. Larvae are sometimes called “aphid lions” because one of their main foods are aphids. Adult Green Lacewings eat insect eggs, mites, and other small soft- bodied insects. If they are attacked, they will emit an odorous liquid, which may give it enough time to escape. Eggs are laid on stalks of silk to prevent young larvae from eating each other; eggs are laid on the underside of a leaf.
European Praying Mantis
European Praying Mantis
The European Praying Mantis is a large green or tan insect. The wings are the same color as the wings and extend past the end of their abdomen.Nymphs have small wing buds and are a smaller model of an adult. Praying mantids, live on foliage and near flowers. They are often found in gardens, meadows, and roadsides. Other open areas with herbaceous plants are also suitable. Mantids are voracious predators. They snatch pray with their powerful, spiny forearms then chew apart prey with their slicing mouth parts. They are diurnal hunters and feed a large variety of insect prey. These include beetles, caterpillars, wasps, bees, flies, crickets, spiders, grasshoppers and almost any insect that strays into its path. Mantids capture prey by waiting still, then when the prey comes into striking range and seize it. Sometimes they stalk up to nearby prey mimicking swaying vegetation and capture the prey. After mating, the female does occasionally consume the male. When her eggs are developed she will attach a tough mass that contains the eggs. It is called an ootheca.
Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Male above larger female.
The Black and Yellow Garden Spider has a design of yellow and black on its abdomen and on the other side it is brownish. It has a orange band on each leg near the base and another one farther down on each of its legs. This large spider spins an orb web (or a circular web) that is usually in a sunny area with little wind. The web has a ladder looking design in the center. This part of the web is not sticky, the rest is. Black and Yellow Garden Spiders live in fields, thickets, bushes, gardens, and pastures. They feed on insects which sometimes are larger then themselves. To stop prey from moving and falling out of their web, they spray silk over it and immobilize it with venom.
The Monarch Butterfly is about 3 and a half to 4” and the caterpillar is about 2 and three fourths inches. The wings are brownish orange with black or dark brown lines and border of wings with white dots also on the border. Their head and body is black with white spots. The caterpillar is covered in black, yellow, and white bands; it also has flexible black stalks on two segments of their back; when it turns into a chrysalis which is bright green with gold dots. They live anywhere where milkweed grows; this includes fields, roadsides, sandy areas, waters edges, and forests. Adults can be seen in meadows, roadsides and gardens. The caterpillars feed on milkweed foliage and juices the adults feed on nectar. Monarchs live throughout North America except far north. They may travel as far as 2,000 miles. Some migrate to Hawaii and eastern Australia.
Goldenrod Crab Spider
Goldenrod Crab Spider
Goldenrod Crab Spider males are 1/8 inches long, the females are 1/4 - 3/8 inches long and yellow or white. The males are brown and a little bit of yellow. The females have red, orange or pink stripes on either side of its abdomen these are sometimes absent on smaller ones. They live in meadows, gardens, roadsides and anywhere where flowers ( preferably white and yellow) grow. Their favorites are daisies, dandelions, goldenrod, black eyed susans and wild carrot, sometimes yarrow. They feed on bees, butterflies, flies, and other flower visiting insects. It gets its name from the way it shuffles sideways like a crab.
The house fly is 1/8-1/4” long and gray. They have four black stripes the length of their thorax. On the bottom of their feet they have sticky pads and claws. They live around horse manure, garbage, food and sugar. They live in all of North America and even most of the world. They feed on sugar, garbage, food, scraps, and decaying substances. They use their sucking mouthparts to eat food. They are considered pests because they eat household food and are unclean therefore ruining the food.