Last week I showed you a mama wren feeding a bug to her young.
This week I learned the Sunday Stills theme is ‘Bugs’ so I went looking for more and found –
But are they true bugs? I wasn’t sure so I did some research and the short answer is no. Scientifically they are insects but not bugs.
Under the Phylum of Anthropods in the Animal Kingdom is the Classification of Insects – 3 body parts, 6 legs.
Within the classification of Insects there are different orders. Bees and moths belong to the order of Hymenoptera while ‘true bugs’ are in the order of Hemiptera. The main difference lies in the proboscis or mouthpart.
Bugs puncture plants with a long straw-like unretractable proboscis and suck the sap out of them, which damages the plants – think aphids. They may puncture other animals too! – think bedbugs. No wonder they have a bad reputation.
Bees on the other hand, have a retractable proboscis to drink and collect nectar from flowers. At the same time they perform the critical function of pollination – when they visit plants their bodies incidentally collect pollen.
So – did I find any ‘true bugs’ in my garden? Actually no – at least none today that I could photograph. If you’d asked me earlier in the spring I could have shown you colonies of aphids on my roses but they have been long since squished into oblivion.
And that’s a good thing.