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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)

Regular

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

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

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

Ocyptamus fuscipennis hover fly The larvae e…

Ocyptamus fuscipennis hover fly

The larvae eat aphids, and I found
these ones chilling on the milkweed the latest batch of Queens were eating. I had brought the whole potted plants inside (complete with hundreds of oleander aphids who made a sticky mess), and the handful of hover fly larvae were enjoying themselves.

Most of the hover flies were the Four-spotted Dioprosopa clavata, but a couple were these weird bird poop-lookin things. When I saw one had pupated, I put it into a container to see who it turned out to be. And it was this beautiful dark lady!

October 3, 2018

And I thought I was done with butterflies 😂 F…

And I thought I was done with butterflies 😂 Found 5!! Queens (the largest I have ever seen out in the yard!) and the Gulf Fritillaries are still laying eggs on the passion vine.

Good thing, too. I’m visiting an elementary school in October and I was worried the Polyphemus moths would be in cocoons by then, but now I have lots of backups!

September 22, 2018

The absolute cutest baby Loggerhead Shrike. Th…

The absolute cutest baby Loggerhead Shrike. These birds are nick-named “butcher birds” after their habit of impaling their prey on thorns, barbed wire, or other sharp things, for safe keeping so they can eat it later. They have beautiful singing voices!

San Marcos, TX
Photo from July 2 / Posted September 14, 2018 (STILL BEHIND)

Walnut Sphinx moth napping in the bushes. Brou…

Walnut Sphinx moth napping in the bushes. Brought him inside for safety, will let him go tonight.

September 8, 2018

I found these mystery eggs last week, and not …

I found these mystery eggs last week, and not being able to identify them has been driving me crazy. Well, last night, THEY HATCHED!!!!

But what could they be? Super fuzzy? Head dongles? (They look like they’re wearing earmuffs!)

Well, they are Tussock Moths!!!! These are the caterpillars with the four fuzzy tufts on their back, plus more super long hairs at their head and booty. I have only seen a couple Tussock caterpillars and moths before, most of them in Africa (and NOT at my house!) so this is EXCITING!!!!!

The eggs were on hackberry, but they hadn’t started eating the hackberry leaves I left for them, so this morning I gave them some oak and rose leaves to consider. I have no idea what species these are, and may not know until they get bigger, so I have to keep them fat and happy.

September 5, 2018

I found this cute baby jumper on my skirt 😍 

I found this cute baby jumper on my skirt 😍 

Metacyrba taeniola, September 2, 2018