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Bold Jumper lady was peeping in my window yest…

Bold Jumper lady was peeping in my window yesterday.

March 29, 2019

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A Slug Friend

This poor baby was getting attacked by fire ants, but I was able to move him to a safer spot. My yard is full of these tiny little slugs—and the tiny little frogs that eat them!

March 26, 2019

A Sweet Story

Once upon a time (November 2017), I came upon a large hive covered in lovely stripey friends, and I took a photo. Unfortunately, I was still new to my camera, and I didn’t realize until I uploaded the photos that my focus depth was off. Oh no!

I uploaded my photos to iNaturalist, identified the friends as honeybees, and went on my way. Except, I was told that this was not a honeybee nest, and the bees had likely made this hive a temporary home while searching for a new one. 

Unsatisfied, I returned the next day, determined to get better photos of the nest. I got them

They weren’t bees temporarily taking up residence in an abandoned paper wasp nest. They were Mexican Honey Wasps, who make a big, elaborate paper nests. And also, honey. Yes, wasps that eat honey. Oh yeah, and they also eat pest insects that damage food crops, and it’s believed that these wasps were responsible for pollinating avocados before honeybees were introduced from Europe.

But anyway, I’m digressing. 

I don’t see these wasps very often. Besides on that nest, I haven’t really seen them elsewhere.

Until earlier this week. Guess who visited my garden?

I have an Elderberry bush baby growing (it’s not even a year old yet). And it would appear that Elderberry plants have nectaries–those little knobby things where the leaves attach to the stem by my fingers are the nectaries. Think of nectaries as little plant nipples that let insects drink nectar direct from the tap. Ants and wasps can’t get enough of them. While I was taking these pictures, I had two other wasp species wandering through this bush for the nectaries!

But that wasp up there?

Going to town on the nectaries here?

Mexican Honey Wasp

I’m going to be so excited if their nest ends up being in my yard! They’d be smart to put one in there! So many bugs for them to eat! So much delicious nectar! 

I love my yard. I’m at 989 species right now. So close to 1,000. 

March 17, 2019

nanofishology:I love meeting new friends. Saw …

nanofishology:

I love meeting new friends. Saw an abdomen from my kitchen window and had to investigate. Looks like she’s about to deposit some eggs somewhere

Originally from Nov 12, 2016 / Reblogged Dec 16, 2018

Fat and full of eggs, I’m guessing!

Right so, I’m used to finding random bugs in m…

Right so, I’m used to finding random bugs in my house at this point, but when I saw my cat paying a little *too much* attention to to something on the floor, and it was… a sweat bee… I didn’t even know what to do??? Like, how did you get in the house, little friend? What were you looking for? How can I best assist you in your endeavors? I put her on a potted basil leaf and she had flown off when I checked on her again. I hope she found whatever it was she was looking for and I hope it wasn’t inside a cat.

Seen November 15 / Posted Nov 18, 2018

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Adventures in Giant Caterpillars

Earlier today, I posted this ask from @witchyfishyfun [link] about a wandering prepupal Imperial Moth caterpillar. Well. Guess what?

We staged a secretive handover in a parking lot off an interstate.

LOOOOOK!!!!!

I was right about baby being prepupal, he had turned PINK! by the time I picked him up! For whatever reason, many caterpillars tend to turn pink before pupating.

I love him!!!

Okay, enough nonsense, let’s let him pupate already. I gave him the Bowl o’ Dirt with Leaf Garnish, snapped the lid on, and put him in the nice, cool, dark garage.

GOOD LUCK BABY!!!

November 8, 2018

This handsome man stole my heart! 

This handsome man stole my heart! 

Tarantula Hawk wasp, seen at Lake Travis outside Austin, TX

August 4 / Posted October 2, 2018

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A Banana Pepper

Briefly went out front to grab more rose leaves for the squirmy wiggly babs, and I saw a fat chunk dangling from the possum grape vine. This was the Food Of Choice for my vine sphinxes. But I had only seen green or brown before!

Exciting!!!!!

October 14, 2018 (1:30 am… I guess that’s just when they come out!)

My banana pepper was prepupal this morning! Look at that adorable pink blush! ☺️

The enclosure I put him in was apparently not up to his standards, because he made an attempt to bury himself and gave up. So I filled a large bowl up with several inches of soil and relocated him.

I went to the kitchen to grab my breakfast, then went back to check on him.

There he goes!!!

Sphinx moth caterpillars burrow into the soil, and create a dirt-cocoon which looks like a little cave. This bab is late enough in the season he may hibernate in his little hole until spring.

October 14, 2018 (10:30 am)

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A Banana Pepper

Briefly went out front to grab more rose leaves for the squirmy wiggly babs, and I saw a fat chunk dangling from the possum grape vine. This was the Food Of Choice for my vine sphinxes. But I had only seen green or brown before!

Exciting!!!!!

October 14, 2018 (1:30 am… I guess that’s just when they come out!)

Bees of Alberta AKA “Calgar-bees”

Bees of Alberta AKA “Calgar-bees”

So I FINALLY caught up to my one-day work trip to exotic Calgary this summer, where I was stunned and astonished by HOW MANY dragonflies and bees I saw. Got the trip to the botanical garden uploaded to iNat, and every single bee species I saw was a new one to me. All seven species are represented above!

1. Great Basin Bumble Bee, Bombus centralis
2. Perplexing Bumble Bee, Bombus perplexus
3. Orange-legged Furrow Bee, Halictus rubicundus
4. Hunt’s Bumble Bee, Bombus huntii
5. European Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum
6. Cryptic Bumble Bee, Bombus cryptarum
7. Nevada Bumble Bee, Bombus nevadensis

Seen July 25 at Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Calgary, AB
Posted October 8, 2018