Info on the beautiful brown marmorated stink bug from the Dayton Daily News:
“The brown marmorated stink bugs arrived first in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 1996 on a shipping container from northeast Asia…They cannot bite or sting, but are destructive to agriculture including soybeans and corn in Ohio…Stink bugs release a pheromone to defend against predators that is typically described as the smell of “dirty socks”… Brown marmorated stink bugs communicate with each other in two basic ways: via vibrational “songs,” and via released chemicals that act as pheromones…Spray insecticides, directed into cracks and crevices, will not prevent the bugs from emerging and is not a viable or recommended treatment.”
FYI: I catch them and throw them outside ALL the time and have never smelled them.
Skippers have huge eyes which make them look very cute. They are sort of triangular-shaped. They skip from blossom to blossom, rarely paying any attention to an observer. Note the interesting wing positions on this one.
Per Wikipedia: Skippers are a family, Hesperiidae, of the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). Being diurnal, they are generally called butterflies. They were previously placed in a separate superfamily, Hesperioidea; however, the most recent taxonomy places the family in the superfamily Papilionoidea. They are named for their quick, darting flight habits. Most have the antenna tip modified into a narrow hook-like projection. More than 3500 species of skippers are recognized, and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America.
Virgin’s Bower is a woody vine that blooms in August in damp soil in southern Maryland. It is a sweet-smelling clematis. It can grow to 20 feet and often covers everything in its path with so many blossoms they look like a heavy white snow. After they go to seed they are called Old Man’s Beard. Each seed has its own little gray beard.
Rattlesnake Master grows in August in southern Maryland in damp areas. It is a member of the carrot family. The entire plant is bluish or grayish green. The color reminds me of Dusty Miller. The unusual flowers are prickly balls. I find them so unique that they startle me every time I see them.
Swamp milkweed grows in southern Maryland in August in wetland areas. You can see how popular it is with Monarchs and bumblebees!
Steve captured this wonderful shot of a moth visiting a car at a dealership in Waldorf. There’s no place you can’t find an insect if you take time to look!