Invasive Species

By: Rhys Waylett

Kissing Bug

•Kissing bug are blood-sucker

•The adults females lay eggs usually in the months of may-sept

Many people have to serve allergic reaction to the kissing bug

. kissing bug usually do not burrow under cover like some other bug or spiders do

. kissing bugs are also called cone-nose bugs or a Mexican bed bugs here in the United States of America

. kissing bug are known by many common names such as benchuca, vinchuca, chipo and barbeiro.

. kissing bug are blood - monster , like mosquitoes, ticks and tse-tse flies.

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Fire Ants

  • Fire ants first entered the United States about 1918, near Mobile, Alabama.
  • Fire ants reached Mississippi around 1930.
  • Fire ants now occur over much of the Southeast.
    • Fire ants are social insects that nest in the soil in large colonies that contain tens of thousands to more than 200,000 ants.
    • Foraging workers exit the mound through underground tunnels that radiate away from the mound, exiting to the surface five to 25 feet away from the mound.
      • Liquid food is passed from the larvae back to the workers and then shared with all ants in the colony.

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The Yellow Jacket Bee

. A typical yellow jacket worker is about 12 mm/0.5 in long, with alternating bands on the abdomen; the queen is larger, about 19 mm/0.75 in long (the different patterns on their abdomens help separate various species).

. Yellow jackets are social hunters living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males (drones).

. Fertilized queens are found in protected places such as hollow logs, in stumps, under bark, in leaf litter, in soil cavities, and man-made structures.

. Queens emerge during the warm days of late spring or early summer, select a nest site, and build a small paper nest in which they lay eggs.

. Workers in the colony take over caring for the larvae, feeding them with chewed up meat, or fruit. By midsummer, the first adult workers emerge and assume the tasks of nest expansion, foraging for food, care of the queen and larvae, and colony defense.

. The diet of the adult yellow jacket consists primarily of items rich in sugars and carbohydrates, such as fruits, flower nectar, and tree sap.

Asian Shore Crab

This is the identification of the Asian shore crab . The Asian shore crab has a square-shaped shell with 3 spines on each side of the carapace.

. The carapace color ranges from green to purple to orange-brown to red. It has light and dark bands along its legs and red spots on its claws. Male crabs have a distinctive fleshy, bulb-like structure at the base of the moveable finger on the claws. This species is small with adults ranging from 35 mm (1.5 in) to 42 mm (1.65 in) in carapace width.

This is the Life History of the Asian shore crab . This species is an opportunistic omnivore, feeding on macroalgae, salt marsh grass, larval and juvenile fish, and small invertebrates such as amphipods, gastropods, bivalves, barnacles, and polychaetes.

. The Asian shore crab is highly reproductive with a breeding season from May to September, twice the length of native crabs. The females are capable of producing 50,000 eggs per clutch with 3-4 clutches per breeding season.

This is the habitat of the Asian shore crab . This versatile crab inhabits any shallow hard-bottom intertidal or sometimes subtidal habitat.

. They can live on artificial structures and on mussel beds and oyster reefs. They also tend to aggregate at high densities under rocks where they overlap habitats with native crab species.

This is the Impacts that the Asian shore crap . Because this species has a very broad diet, it has the potential to affect populations of native species such as crabs, fish, and shellfish by disrupting the food web. It also occupies habitats very similar to our native mud crabs, possibly overwhelming and dominating their habitat.