A 360-Degree Spin on Common Maryland Insects

Over the holidays, I spent some time at my parents’ house and rediscovered a bug collection I did for a field class in undergrad. I showed it off to pretty much everybody who came into the house and figured I didn’t have to stop there. So with the help of a paint roller and a block of Styrofoam, I offer you some of the better-looking specimen in a 360-degree spin (on a pin).

My bugs are not rare, and they’re tragically not well-preserved (I stored them in an old Dunkin Donuts box, partially because it was funny watching people’s hopes of donuts battle confused disgust). Even so, I may have misidentified a few. Corrections are welcome.

In case you haven’t looked at some of your familiar insects close-up, here they are!


If the following pictures don’t begin spinning after the page completely loads, you’ll have to click through to see them animated.

weevil

White-fringed weevil (Genus: Naupactus). Found in Baltimore County, 11/5/2009.

Katydid (Genus: Microcentrum). Found in Baltimore County 9/14/2009.

Katydid (Genus: Microcentrum). Found in Baltimore County, 9/14/2009.

Cicada (Cicada tibicen). Found in Baltimore County, 9/8/2009.

Carpenter bee (Genus: Xylocopa). Found in Howard County, Maryland, 9/13/2009.

snowberry

Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) — this is actually a moth, surprise! Found in Baltimore County, 9/13/2009.

stinkbugs

Stink bugs. The green is Acrosternum hilare. The brown is Halyomorpha halys. Collected in Baltimore County, 9/9/2009.

sulfurmothcon

Common sulfur moth (Collas philodice). Found in Baltimore County, 10/1/2009.

cicadakiller

Eastern cicada killer (Sphecius speciosus). Found in Baltimore County, 10/15/2009.

horsefly

Horsefly (Tabanus trimaculatus). Found in Baltimore County, 9/13/2009.

moth

Skipper moth (Polites peckius). Found in Baltimore County, 9/13/2009.

bumblebee

Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens). Found in Howard County, Maryland, 9/13/2009.

hornet

European hornet (Vespa germana). Found in Baltimore County, 10/12/2009.

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