Well, the chaos of moving is settling down and yesterday while grabbing my mail I wandered
out into the soybean field next to the road and looked at the old soybean stems. After looking at a couple hundred, I found one with a frass plug that indicates Dectes texanus has built an overwintering chamber inside the stem. I was curious if it was a pupa (I am waiting for D. texanus adults to come out of soybean stubble collected in Kenton, TN in late March) – not yet.
Dectes texanus is a favorite insect of mine. I think the first time I heard the adults singing in a soybean field I was hooked. Now that I am back in Dectes-land you can expect several more postings on this elegant insect in the coming months.