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NORTH AMERICA GALLERY
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Japanese Beetle

Originally from Japan, they are now an invasive species in North America.  The larvae are found in lawns and other grasslands, where they feed on the grass roots.  As an adult, they will devour the leaves of a wide range of host plants causing significant damage.  When threatened, Japanese beetle will kick up their hind legs in defense. 

Location: Long Island, New York

Hentz Jumping Spider

Hentz Jumping Spider

Hentz jumping spiders are not very big but they have very strong legs.  They pounce on their prey rather then building a silk web.  As they leap to capture the prey, they will create a strand of silk called dragline to attach to the prey to keep it from escaping.   They are often found on leaf litters or on the ground outside in North America, Bermuda, The Bahamas, and Cuba. 

 

Location: Long Island, New York

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Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher refers to the vibrant blue hue of the male dragonfly.  Females are dull in color, as featured here, with bright red eyes.  Dragonflies have near-360-degree vision, with just one blind spot, directly behind them. They have 30,000 facets in their eyes housing up to 30 light sensing proteins.  To put it in perspective, we only have 3 light sensing proteins, red, blue and green.  They are very common in North America and the Bahamas found near calm bodies of water. 

 

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