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  1. dzing

    Snapshot Title: dzing
    Taken by: blondinet

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    dwing



  2. zinglet

    Snapshot Title: zinglet
    Taken by: blondinet

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    zinglet



  3. abejorro

    Snapshot Title: abejorro
    Taken by: bygot

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    :)



  4. Eyes

    Snapshot Title: Eyes
    Taken by: Bob Bobski

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Is it eyes or is it lens ???



  5. :O

    Snapshot Title: :O
    Taken by: MrTurki

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    :o



  6. easteregg

    Snapshot Title: easteregg
    Taken by: Bejamin Arce

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    easteregg



  7. Blattaria

    Snapshot Title: Blattaria
    Taken by: Katja Seltmann

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Blattaria for identification



  8. Easter Egg

    Snapshot Title: Easter Egg
    Taken by: Lillian Jones

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Clear Winged Cockroach



  9. Thaumatographa jonesi

    Snapshot Title: Thaumatographa jonesi
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Tortricidae.



  10. 325

    Snapshot Title: 325
    Taken by: blackjack

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    fjfh'l



  11. fly

    Snapshot Title: fly
    Taken by: Henry Hillman

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    wow



  12. great

    Snapshot Title: great
    Taken by: Ivan Vargas

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    i like it too



  13. green

    Snapshot Title: green
    Taken by: Ivan Vargas

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Nice colors.



  14. Time

    Snapshot Title: Time
    Taken by: billyboblee

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  15. 4

    Snapshot Title: 4
    Taken by: billyboblee

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  16. che

    Snapshot Title: che
    Taken by: billyboblee

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  17. e

    Snapshot Title: e
    Taken by: billyboblee

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  18. se

    Snapshot Title: se
    Taken by: billyboblee

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  19. Eye

    Snapshot Title: Eye
    Taken by: appleoneusmonk

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    .



  20. legged

    Snapshot Title: legged
    Taken by: julibrot

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    stone



  21. A Big 4 mistrayed?

    Snapshot Title: A Big 4 mistrayed?
    Taken by: disquipped

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Don' know much about dis entymology, but is this a
    Lepidoptera cocoon in a Diptera cage?- one of "the two specimens that are indeed big four insects, but which are hanging out with insects of a diff...



  22. What are these?

    Snapshot Title: What are these?
    Taken by: disquipped

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    At 1st they looked to me like chocolate chips; on closer zoom, like glass beadwork (2 of my former passions.)



  23. no yellow setae posteriorly on mesosoma

    Snapshot Title: no yellow setae posteriorly on mesosoma
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Another diagnostic feature of Bombus pensylvanicus is that there are no yellow setae present posteriorly on the mesosoma; the setae in this specimen are entirely black.



  24. no crown of yellow?

    Snapshot Title: no crown of yellow?
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Bombus auricomus, a comimic with Bombus pensylvanicus, usually has a crown of yellow setae on its head, which is not present in this image. This is another good indictor that this specimen is B. pensy...



  25. yellow on 1st metasomal segment

    Snapshot Title: yellow on 1st metasomal segment
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This is a good indicator that this specimen is Bombus pensylvanicus rather than any of its mimics.



  26. mid leg metatarsal spine

    Snapshot Title: mid leg metatarsal spine
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    In the center of this snapshot one can see the presence of the mid leg metatarsal spine, which indicates that this is a Thoracobombus s.l. species.



  27. Odontomachus

    Snapshot Title: Odontomachus
    Taken by: Alex Smith

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    From right near the kitchen?



  28. Bombus pensylvanicus

    Snapshot Title: Bombus pensylvanicus
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This bumble bee specimen is so large that one cannot read its label(s). One can clearly see diagnostic characters (e.g., color pattern), however, and know that it is the species Bombus pensylvanicus.



  29. reading labels

    Snapshot Title: reading labels
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This beetle is perhaps a bit too small to determine to species using this GigaPan alone. One can clearly read the label, though, including latitude and longitude and the date.



  30. Painful bunch

    Snapshot Title: Painful bunch
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Many wasps, bees and ants have powerful stings, either to subdue prey items, which are often larger than the wasp, or for defense. Three of the most painfully stinging insects are represented here: Pe...



  31. Predator

    Snapshot Title: Predator
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This large ground beetle (Carabidae) is a good example of a predator. These beetles run along the ground searching for prey, which includes other insects, spiders and small, soft-bodied animals. Their...



  32. Fly diversity

    Snapshot Title: Fly diversity
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    When most people think of flies, they usually envision a house fly. However, flies are very diverse and come in many forms. More "primitive" flies, like the crane fly and mosquito here are usually fra...



  33. Inquiline beetle

    Snapshot Title: Inquiline beetle
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Inquilines are organisms that live in the nests of other organisms. This paussine ground beetle (Carabidae: Paussinae) is an inquiline in ant nests (myrmecophile). Often, inquilines have highly modifi...



  34. Spider mimic

    Snapshot Title: Spider mimic
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This fruit fly (Tephritidae) has wing patterns that make it seem like a jumping spider to other insects and organisms. Since jumping spiders are venomous, the fly gains some protection by looking like...



  35. Scare tactics

    Snapshot Title: Scare tactics
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    This underwing (top; Noctuidae) usually pretends to be a dead leaf or bark, but when a predator comes too close the moth will reveal it's bright hind wings to scare it off. Other moths and butterflies...



  36. Irridescence

    Snapshot Title: Irridescence
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Many of the insects in this drawer have a metallic appearance - this is called irridescence. Unlike pigments, which are colorations derived from dye-like materials, the shine and color of irridescence...



  37. Ectoparasitic flies

    Snapshot Title: Ectoparasitic flies
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    These flies are all adapted to living in the fur or feathers of warm-blooded vertebrates. There they suck blood or feed on body secretions. All give live birth to only a few young over their lifetime.



  38. The giant

    Snapshot Title: The giant
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Titaneus giganteus (Cerambycidae) is one of the largest insects in the world. Our specimen is about 4.5" long, but wild individuals can get to be 6.5" long. To get an idea of the size of this species,...



  39. Fly heads

    Snapshot Title: Fly heads
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Can you guess which fly is the thick-headed fly, which one is the big-headed fly and which is the small-headed fly?

    Answer:
    [Top-left] small-headed fly (spider parasite; Acroceridae)
    [ Top-right] bi...



  40. Mimicry

    Snapshot Title: Mimicry
    Taken by: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum

    Image: The Big Four
    Image Owner: NCSU Insect Museum ncsuinsectmuseum



    Description:

    Insects often resemble other venomous or distasteful insects so that predators avoid them. This is achieved through warning coloration (aposematism), usually involving black, red, orange and/or yellow...



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