Category: bugs

“No Means No” Phyllocrania paradox…

“No Means No” Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) adult male refusing a second fly.
#phyllocraniaparadoxa #ghost #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #photography #exotic #pet #alien #mantismonarch #nymph #grumpy #threatdisplay #mantismonday

nanonaturalist: caterpillar-gifs: Euclea inc…



Euclea incisa slug moth caterpillars

Top gif: heartbeat in a caterpillar visible before molting
Other gifs: restless caterpillar seeks out a pupation spot (his heartbeat was also visible, though harder to see in the gifs)

They grow so fast!

June 16, 2019


Here is the cocoon of our restless fellow (and his final poops):

Also, he monch (look at his little bum in the lower right corner!).

The slug moths hide their faces so they will hold their leaves with opposable face flaps that look like giant lips. It’s like if you wore a hoodie laced mostly shut and ate by putting food into the narrow opening of the hood.

June 16, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Euclea incisa slug moth cat…


Euclea incisa slug moth caterpillars

Top gif: heartbeat in a caterpillar visible before molting
Other gifs: restless caterpillar seeks out a pupation spot (his heartbeat was also visible, though harder to see in the gifs)

They grow so fast!

June 16, 2019

“Have a good weekend!” Pseudocreob…

“Have a good weekend!” Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii (spiny flower mantis) adult female.
#pseudocreobotrawahlbergii #spinyflowermantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insects #bugs #science #cool #entomology #exotic #pets #aliens #photography #mantismonarch #postivevibes

My friends sell these coexist magnets at their…

My friends sell these coexist magnets at their shop where they normally just sell soap along with Insect Facts

I bought one, along with a soap (+ insect fact)

Ugly link cuz thanks mobile app!

June 11, 2019

“Hello There” Sphodromantis gastri…

“Hello There” Sphodromantis gastrica (African mantis) sub-adult male. The girls have been waiting on him to molt for so long. #sphrodromatisgastrica #sphrodromantis #africanmantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #exotic #pets #aliens #photography #mantismonarch #starwars #ewanmcgregor

Milkweed leaf beetle landed on me and went for…

Milkweed leaf beetle landed on me and went for a nice stroll. I had to convince the bab to fly off—I needed to leave!

June 8, 2019







Late spring in central Texas, nice and warm, not quite hot enough to melt your shoes, but hot enough to melt everything in your car.

But it’s not summer until…

the trees start screaming!

I have heard some cicadas farther east of me (a different species than I have), but so far, this year has been quiet. So I feel like I have been visited by the Cicada Queen, who has bestowed upon me a great honor: I saw my first cicada before I heard it. She was hiding in the elm that popped up in my yard!

So beautiful and perfect!!!

Superb Dog-day Cicada

June 3, 2019


I heard them today for the first time all year and has anyone else noticed that their…speed? Cadence? Cicadence? Is faster than previous years? I’m used to reeereeereeereeeeeeeeeee…….. Today they were much more emphatic, like REEEEE…..REEEEEE……REEEEEE….

I also don’t know if the different year-life-cycle cicadas have different patterns. Anyone want to educate me on these lovely summer screamers?

There a many different species of cicada, and they all have different screams! The ones you are hearing may just be a different species than the others you’ve noticed before! Although, they do sometimes have variation in their calls, could be time of year or the weather.

If you are in North America, here is a database for screams of different species [ink].

June 4, 2019

How did you know what shirt I was wearing today?

(I said I had a lot of shirts, right????)

I actually designed this one, though! There weren’t enough cicada shirts out there!!! If anybody wants one, I relaunched it [link to $$buy$$ cicada shirt]. Sorry, I know international shipping is super expensive 🙁

June 5, 2019

“When I grow up I want to be just like y…

“When I grow up I want to be just like you” Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) L1, sub-adult, & adult nymphs.
#phyllocraniaparadoxa #ghost #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #photography #exotic #pet #alien #mantismonarch #nymph

acornskulls: nanonaturalist: This fat girl i…



This fat girl is lovely. She is a Halysidota sp. Tiger moth. These moths are rare at my house, so I was happy to have a visit from her!

Their common names include the word “tussock moth” (examples are Sycamore Tussock Moth, and Banded Tussock Moth) even though they are not tussock moths, because their caterpillars have the little tufts of fur (they are mimics!):

Notice the above caterpillar is poofy with a couple little tufts at the end? Actual tussock moths (which can sting you!) look like this:

Above: Unidentified Tussock moth caterpillar from Malawi

Left: Definite Tussock Moth from Village Creek State Park, near Beaumont, TX
Right: Southern Tussock Moth from my yard near Austin, TX

These caterpillar are not as all-around poofy, and they also have four tufts on their back near their head (easier to see in the Malawian and Definite caterpillars. The Texan caterpillars are younger, so they don’t have their tufts out on display in full glory like the mature Malawian caterpillar does, but that’s the look our Halysidota baby is going for.

June 1, 2019

Totally not what I was expecting to see today, almost two months ago I saw a White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar for the first time and had no idea what he was, I wanted to move him from where he was but I knew the spines on his could have been no bueno for me so I left him be. I don’t remember ever seeing the adult Tussock Moth around since they look so mundane, but I’m sure I have, nature is wack

Ah, yes, of course I need to post what the real adult Tussock Moths look like. For example, here is the adult version of the White-marked Tussock Moth (what the above baby turns into):

A handsome man!

Here is one of my Southern Tussock Moth girls all grown up!

And this is an Euproctis sp. Tussock Moth from Malawi. Some of these moths there were super fluffy

Notice how all the Tussock Moths are wearing furry boots? Scroll up a bit and check out our Tiger Moth lady’s legs. Clean shaven! Their body shapes are different as well, but granted, it’s hard to tell with her vibrating so much.

Here’s a different Halysidota sp. I had seen before (a little older and some of the scales have been worn off the wings). Wings are longer, not rounded, the legs don’t look like the moth is riding a furry spider, etc. Not a Tussock moth, despite what they want you to think while they’re caterpillars!

June 1, 2019