University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

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Mystery Picture #44

Mystery Picture #44

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R. Bessin, University of Kentucky
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This beautiful butterfly is the Monarch Butterfly. The bright colors warn predators that it is distasteful. Migrating northward in the Spring and southward in the Fall, this insect's flight can be more than 1800 miles.


This critter is named for its eight-legged relative. It is the Two-spotted Spider Mite. If you notice, it has two dark spots on either side of its body (a hint as to its name). This member of the Acari can be a destructive pest on trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, greenhouse and field crops. It is more closely related to ticks than to insects.

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