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Afterthought observation to broccoli larva

It’s been about a week since I posted a bug find in fresh produce. Well, if you’re a bug and you find yourself in the Suh home, expect for a hospitable stay.

At first sight

We comfortably housed the bug in a plastic container accompanied with a stalk of broccoli and drops of fresh water. In the heart wave, we couldn’t bear to let it go and have it get singed in the 100+ weather.

This morning I looked inside the container before a final toss, and there it was. Not a green slimy thing but something with wings and multiple legs.

It transformed from a larva to an actual flying insect. Is it a bee or something else?

Tomorrow is “set free” day. Gotta wait for Chris to get home from work so he can witness this metamorphosis. He probably won’t appreciate having this bug cup right up to his face, but come on, this is pretty awesome!

Molting?

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. It’s a fly of some sort. Do you know about BugGuide? You can submit a photo to them, and they have volunteer experts who often will show up pretty quickly and tell you what you have. Here’s the link. If you set up an account (just a user name and password) you can search for me under Linda Leinen and see the bugs I’ve submitted. The photo of the fly on the plain white background would be the best one to submit. If you can crop it down, that would be good.

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    1. It was quite a find! My daughter jumped off her stool when she saw it. She’s 9 and likes to help me cut veggies; she refused to eat the steamed broccolis.
      A blogger friend suggested I submit a photo of it onto a bug ID website and someone identified it as a Hover Fly. Yucky to find in produce but cool. lol
      I’ll submit an update to it soon.

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      1. Ellis is a smart little girl. We had several instances at Kroger where people brought home grapes in those plastic pouches with slits in them to let the grapes breathe. So both shoppers put the grapes in a plastic bag and got home and put them on the counter-top in the bag to wash … both shoppers saw something move and it was a black widow spider. I’d have had a heart attack on the spot, grabbed the grapes in a bag and taken them outside. Rumbling – typing faster. 🙂 I not a fan of shredded wheat but they were on sale, so bought a box of them. Opened the new box, ripped open one of the brown packages inside with three biscuits – put two biscuits in a bowl and went to get scotch tape to tape up the paper packet that held the last one. In the second I was gone, a parade of bugs marched across the countertop. You never saw anyone grab up the box, the packet and run it outside!

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