Spent about a week in Florida in September. I will be posting some of the interesting insects I found here, adding more as I have time to sort specimens.
On the drive home, I stopped to spend the night in Dalton, Georgia. On the wall of the hotel, I spotted a large assassin bug, Microtomus purcis. My first attempt to catch the bug failed, as it dropped into the large stones of the landscaping. Returning about 5 minutes later, it had crawled back up the wall and I finally caught it. I love reduviids, and this one is probably the coolest one I’ve seen.
Also in the same location I collected several kudzu bugs (Megacopta cribraria), a couple of which landed on me. It was the first time I’d seen this insect.
The only other collections here were a male Harpalus (Pseudophonus) pensylvanicus and a neat little Ichneumonid (Cratichneumon paratus).
In Florida, I stayed at my parents home in Rotonda West. Being September, there were thunderstorms pretty much every afternoon. Previously, I had only collected in Florida in late May, early June. It will be interesting to see what differences I see.
I put out a couple of pitfall traps but I don’t think they were well placed. I did get a few interesting things, including a Rismethus squamiger (Elateridae), several Euborellia annulata (Dermaptera: Anisolabididae), some small flies (Tachinidae, Phoridae, and a few I haven’t ID’d yet), a singular histerid, and of course ants.