Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Stupid Bugs...

I was walking down an Ann Arbor street yesterday around noon, and watched a female Pantala flavescens repeatedly go through the motions of oviposition on the hood of a mini-van. I had seen this behavior before, but not in the middle of town. I know that this species depends on quick flights into small ponds and pools to reproduce. I have seen their larvae in man-made pools in town, as well. At least there, they have a chance to live. However, a shiny automobile exterior just does not qualify as an oviposition site. I guess the stupid are less likely to pass on their genes, or at least in the case of dragonflies, it's auto-destruction...

1 comment:

Stylurus said...

Mark, what color was the mini-van? I've seen Pantala oviposit on my green and blue cars. Some time ago I saw info about a problem with car paint being degraded/damaged by ode egg-laying on vehicles in Brazil.