The large eye spots on the thorax of this click beetle are startling. This relatively common
beetle is thought to feed on nectar as an adult but the larva is carniverous, living in
decaying logs where it eats grubs and insects.
Green Bottle Fly
Green Bottle flies are an important part of the decay process. The adult fly lays eggs in
the carcass of dead animals. The larvae, called maggots, feed on decaying flesh. The
larvae are known to feed only on dead flesh and will apparently avoid live tissue. There
are several species of green bottle flies.
Dragonflies are very adept fliers, fast and maneuverable. It can be quite entertaining to
watch their aerial acrobatics as they hunt their insect prey and avoid the birds that would
eat them. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, flies, bees, and other insects including other
dragonflies. There are many different species of dragonflies. Many can be identified with
a pair of binoculars and a good field guide.
There are some 20,000 or so species of leafhoppers in the world. I don't know how many
species live here in the Baltimore-Washington area, but there are many. They come in a
variety of colors, usually some form of brown and/or green, and are often well
camouflaged on the leaves or bark of plans. These insects feed on sap which they suck
from plants through their piercing proboscis.