Category: at home

nanonaturalist: Tank cleaning day for the fla…

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Tank cleaning day for the flannel baby! He’s probably busy molting right now (or asleep!). You can see the empty pupa from one of his unicorn prominent roommates in some of these. It’s the dark red-brown thing.

FYI: don’t do this at home. These caterpillars have such extremely painful stings that they recently made it into the news. No touching flannel babies!!!! Only touch adults!!!

Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)

July 21, 2018

A cocoon!!!

July 22, 2018

nanonaturalist: Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes…

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Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying spree. I caught her laying at least 20 eggs on my passion vine. She “faked it” twice as often as she actually laid, and faked it on random plants near the passion vine (they only lay on passion vine).

It’s a lot of eggs, but it seems like the friendly neighborhood wasps and birds have been keeping the caterpillar numbers reasonable. I take in as many as I can, though!

July 21, 2018

Are you kidding me

She laid an egg on the BIRD POOP dangling from the trellis?!?!

-_-

Still July 21

You can tell the stink bug eggs will hatch soo…

You can tell the stink bug eggs will hatch soon when their cute little faces show up.

Rough Stink Bug eggs (on live oak)

July 22, 2018

HOW HAVE I DESERVED SO MANY BLESSINGS? I swea…

HOW
HAVE
I
DESERVED
SO
MANY
BLESSINGS?

I swear every time I see a cicada it’s a different species. I only know three and I’m posting these here before they’re up on iNat because I love you all. I NEVER GET TO SEE CICADAS AND SUDDENLY THEY’RE ALL OVER ME 😭

July 21, 2018 / First night of Moth Week! but let’s be serious it’s all about the cicadas

Tank cleaning day for the flannel baby! He’s p…

Tank cleaning day for the flannel baby! He’s probably busy molting right now (or asleep!). You can see the empty pupa from one of his unicorn prominent roommates in some of these. It’s the dark red-brown thing.

FYI: don’t do this at home. These caterpillars have such extremely painful stings that they recently made it into the news. No touching flannel babies!!!! Only touch adults!!!

Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)

July 21, 2018

Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying s…

Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying spree. I caught her laying at least 20 eggs on my passion vine. She “faked it” twice as often as she actually laid, and faked it on random plants near the passion vine (they only lay on passion vine).

It’s a lot of eggs, but it seems like the friendly neighborhood wasps and birds have been keeping the caterpillar numbers reasonable. I take in as many as I can, though!

July 21, 2018

Harassing tiny green friends July 20, 2018

Harassing tiny green friends

July 20, 2018

Another day, another cicada. I think they love…

Another day, another cicada. I think they love me.

July 18, 2018

I caught a lady ovipositing IN an elderberry l…

I caught a lady ovipositing IN an elderberry leaf!!!

These katydids have very strange shaped ovipositors (fancy word for the tube they lay their eggs through). But now I realize why! Normally, an ovipositor is shaped like a long needle (think super scary-looking stinger, except they’re not actually stingers). These bush katydid ladies have curved, flat ovipositors that essentially work like a knife, to slice an opening into a leaf, so they can lay their eggs safely inside!

Lots of insects lay their eggs inside leaves, like leafhoppers, some beetles, some moths. Most of these species are very small. These katydids are NOT small, but I guess everything starts out pretty tiny. This was exciting to find!

July 18, 2018

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Fetal moths. Vine Sphinx eggs in the microscope today. They had started changing colors so I know I needed a closer look. Good thing I did!

Both were green striped this morning. By afternoon, one had turned yellow (the color of the developing caterpillar!), and the one that was still green had developed a visible heartbeat. The yellow one tested out his chompers!!! These caterpillars are the ones with the tails (aka “hornworms”), and you can see the yellow baby’s little tail curled up by his face.

By evening, the yellow one had hatched. So precious!

July 8, 2018

Right so this chompy baby? Still in the egg? From one week ago?

They grow SO FAST.

July 15, 2018

You’re a good caterpillar parent!!!

Awww thanks. I love my babies

Look how much he grew in ONE DAY!!!

Yesterday morning, I saw the baby was molting (again?! So soon?!). Look at his little face popping off!

This evening? All done! And, CHOCOLATE-flavored! Look how big! Remember, this is the babe who was IN THAT EGG 10 DAYS AGO.

For whatever reason, the three I raised in captivity (who molted in captivity) have turned brown in the final caterpillar stage, compared to the wild ones who were green. I’ve read the brown color is common in captive sphinx moths. Very interesting!

What a mess. Their poops are the size of chickpeas and they can strip a vine bare in no time.

One of the older sausages. I have to drag out the ladder to feed them now, they ate all the vine within my reach!

July 18, 2018