Category: entomology

nanonaturalist: My neighbor was blessed to ha…

nanonaturalist:

My neighbor was blessed to have a beehive start up in her walls, and she invited me to come watch it getting removed. The beekeeper and I chatted about bugs etc. and he asked for my advice on supporting a good backyard habitat for fireflies. Then he let me take the comb home.

A++

May 24, 2019

Re: How to tell the males from the females! Easiest way: His eyes touch! His eyes take up almost his entire head.

All the worker bees are females, drones (males) exist only so they can mate with the queen to produce more workers. While female bees have two sets of chromosomes (they are “diploid”), male bees have only one set of chromosomes (they are “haploid,” and hatch from unfertilized eggs).

May 25, 2019

My neighbor was blessed to have a beehive star…

My neighbor was blessed to have a beehive start up in her walls, and she invited me to come watch it getting removed. The beekeeper and I chatted about bugs etc. and he asked for my advice on supporting a good backyard habitat for fireflies. Then he let me take the comb home.

A++

May 24, 2019

Variegated Fritillary, before and after The …

Variegated Fritillary, before and after

The orange spots on the chrysalis are metallic
One day apart, chrysalis May 20, butterfly May 21, 2019

honeymushroom:a selection of moths with extrem…

honeymushroom:

a selection of moths with extremely good names. tag yourself im saucy beauty 

I couldn’t help myself, here’s more

I’m Chalky Bird Dropping

May 21, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Mystery slug caterpillar! Wh…

caterpillar-gifs:

Mystery slug caterpillar! Who is this?! Stay tuned! Updates will be incoming in my @nanonaturalist blog

Microscope shots magnified 20x
May 20, 2019

I investigated and our baby is:

a Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth (yet another stinging slug caterpillar!)

This dramatic fellow was hanging out in the yard for a while last month:

Here is a blurry shot next to my finger to show you how utterly massive these moths get:

truly spectacular

May 20, 2019

“Welcome this baby to the world” P…

“Welcome this baby to the world” Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) new born nymph. This one is a little scout, hatching a few days earlier than the rest.
#phyllocraniaparadoxa #ghost #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #photography #exotic #pet #alien #mantismonarch #nymph
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nanonaturalist: I had an “assignment” from an…

nanonaturalist:

I had an “assignment” from an entomologist at the California Department of Agriculture to rear a particular species of slug moth (Euclea incisa, not present in California so he can’t do it himself) and document variations in caterpillars from different broods. No problem! I said.

He probably didn’t expect embryonic development updates.

The eggs of this species are completely transparent and flat, so checking in was easy and SO COOL.

Anyways these babes are one of the stinging slug caterpillars, and they don’t have prolegs (?!), check out that last gif. Mom of these ones is in the last photo. They are super tiny, microscope shots are magnified 50x.

Said Californian entomologist is a Good Dude and offered to help me write up the paper without author credit on the babes. I can’t get an entomology job without an entomology degree, but I wonder how many single-author papers I can publish to substitute for one (probably none lol).

May 17, 2019

Spiny slug baby updates

The purpose of this “experiment” is to see if there are differences in how the caterpillars look between different batches of eggs, but I’m going to go insane keeping track of that here AND on iNat, so here are a bunch of unlabeled random slug babies! Microscope shots are all magnified 20x in this batch.

Arranged from youngest to oldest. They get spinier and stingier as they grow!

Jellypillar!!!!

Look! You can see them without the microscope now!!! And I am totally raising them in a parmesan container, they are too small to keep in anything else.

At their largest, they are about the size of a jelly bean. A… spiny jelly bean. Do not eat.

May 18, 2018

I had an “assignment” from an entomologist at …

I had an “assignment” from an entomologist at the California Department of Agriculture to rear a particular species of slug moth (Euclea incisa, not present in California so he can’t do it himself) and document variations in caterpillars from different broods. No problem! I said.

He probably didn’t expect embryonic development updates.

The eggs of this species are completely transparent and flat, so checking in was easy and SO COOL.

Anyways these babes are one of the stinging slug caterpillars, and they don’t have prolegs (?!), check out that last gif. Mom of these ones is in the last photo. They are super tiny, microscope shots are magnified 50x.

Said Californian entomologist is a Good Dude and offered to help me write up the paper without author credit on the babes. I can’t get an entomology job without an entomology degree, but I wonder how many single-author papers I can publish to substitute for one (probably none lol).

May 17, 2019

This gorgeous Mecopteran was on the door at wo…

This gorgeous Mecopteran was on the door at work.

bowelfly: end0skeletal: Amerila astreus ti…

bowelfly:

end0skeletal:

Amerila astreus tiger moth producing acrid smelling yellow froth from cervical glands at the anterior of the thorax. This is a chemical defense against predators.

Photo by

budak

Top view:

oh yeah! i saw a different arctiid moth doing that in nicaragua years ago:

Giant Leopard Moths do this

Here is one but not doing the yellow liquid. I have a liquid photo on the camera but haven’t uploaded it yet. Anyways, last winter my yard was swarming with the caterpillars (if you remember)

So elegant in the moonlight 

Anyways last week I had three on the side of my house, so of course I had to have all three on my hand, and of course I carried them around the yard as I hunted for other bugs. But in trying to pick them up, one of them squeezed out the “no!” juice and I got some on me. No big deal, I don’t care.

Except I’m gross and I never wash my hands.

I’m also constantly rubbing my eyes.

Folks.

Wash your goddamn hands after pissing off moths and carrying them around the yard, especially if they cover your eye-rubbing finger in chemical-defense liquid, okay?

*sigh*

May 16, 2019