October’s Bounty


Mature soybeans

Mature soybeans

Bountiful harvest

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2013

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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4 Responses to October’s Bounty

  1. Tim Eisele says:

    Very nice. I remember when I was a kid, looking into the grain-hopper wagon, noticing that in addition to the grain there was about 5-10% insects (mostly stink bugs, grasshoppers, and lady beetles). Were there many incidentally-harvested insects in the soybeans?

  2. The complete lack of insects in the beans is a little disturbing to me, though I’m sure growers and buyers appreciate it.

    • The complete lack of insects in the beans is due to my individually picking each of the 2,886 plants by hand before they were fed them into the hand thresher. C’mon, I’m trying to do some science here 😉

      I actually prefer the last photo not show grasshopper legs sticking out here and there.


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