Category: entomology

Someone in the notes said that the caterpillar…

Someone in the notes said that the caterpillars wiggle like that as a defense against wasps, so it's likely screams give them some sort of wasp stimuli, like buzzing? Although I didn't verify that.

That is very cool and I’m going to do more googling; @nanonaturalist – a possible answer to the caterpillar yell response.

nanonaturalist: Tank cleaning day for the fla…

nanonaturalist:

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

Fire ants viciously devouring a rotten banana….

Fire ants viciously devouring a rotten banana. I was hoping for beetles and moths, but okay!

Finally cleaned out the fridge (a little). July 21, 2018; 102 deg F.

“Same Same” Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina ma…

“Same Same” Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis) adult females. Someone once asked me what is the difference between the gray and the green mantis, to which I replied, “the color.” #stagmomantiscarolina
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nanonaturalist: Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes…

nanonaturalist:

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

celestialmacros: Ok, I’ve always thought that…

celestialmacros:

Ok, I’ve always thought that clearwing moths were fairy-like, but this one seems to have actual magic in its wings.  I’ve been a photographer for a long, long time and I’ve never seen any kind of motion blur like this.  It has an aura.  Its a new camera and I could have had hit some weird buttons, but it only happened on these 4 frames.  Below is what these moths look like normally:

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Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis), July 16 and 20, 2018, Southeastern Pennsylvania

My babies are so wonderful 😭

Fun fact: their wings are not clear at all before they start flying. Here’s one who had just emerged from her pupa:

thelepidopteragirl: nanonaturalist: entophile…

thelepidopteragirl:

nanonaturalist:

entophiles:

Couple a cute moths I spotted today

(I know the left is a clymene moth but not sure of the right)

Right moth is a dagger

Random page of daggers from The New Moth Book (Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America) as examples.

ahhh that guide is out???? I’ve been waiting for it !!!!

Yeah, it just came a few months ago and it’s great! The range is somewhat limited BUT it has many (but not all) of the species you can expect to encounter in the American South. Very good for experts and noobs alike.

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