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Cutest little fluffy planthopper babies June…

Cutest little fluffy planthopper babies

June 9, 2019

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

Regular

nanonaturalist:

TIME TO SCREAM

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

@thedaeyoung This species is green! When they have just emerged, they look like a blue-green ghost! I found one (a different species, but same genus) last year [link]:

June 4, 2019

Regular

TIME TO SCREAM

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 love Ensign Wasps. That little bobby-hatchet…

I love Ensign Wasps. That little bobby-hatchety thing? That’s her ENTIRE ABDOMEN. She looks like she’s all legs because she FORGOT TO HAVE A BODY.

These wasps are also known as “cockroach egg parasitoid wasps,” and the fact that I found one in my shower… hmmm maybe not the best sign (or should I say… ensign?)

J/k it’s fine. Healthy ecosystems have cockroaches and oh boy is my house a healthy ecosystem! Don’t worry, Anya takes care of the naughty roaches for me. That last photo is my last straw of her getting in the way of my ensign wasp glamour shots before I relocated said wasp to the bathroom counter for a photo shoot. She is probably not happy about the prospects of her favorite toys disappearing.

May 28, 2019

nanonaturalist: caterpillar-gifs: Mystery slu…

nanonaturalist:

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

The child grows (I think?)

Resident slug moth expert (over in California) is not sure of my ID, but says whatever I have, hackberry is an undocumented host. Pressure is on to successfully get an adult moth! (Rearing these caterpillars is difficult! They are so small and dry out very easily).

May 26, 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

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

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

nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: nanonaturali…

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

Went to grab some quick food for the Cecropia caterpillars, and the leaflet I randomly picked to feed them had A BABY on it! I have no idea who this is, though with the hairs, I’m guessing a tiger moth of some sort?

Caterpillar season is HERE!!! I’ve got three species going now! Plus the stick insects. Let’s see how overboard I go this year (please not too much 😭). I am NOT planting more milkweed and it appears my plants from last year did not survive (*phew!*)

I love caterpillars but they are soul-draining vampires and I am compelled to serve them beyond my will. Save me.

March 27, 2019

Molting already

They grow so fast

March 29, 2019

Again and again!

Post-molt glamour shots from March 31 (so beautiful!). But of course, baby molted AGAIN two days later!!

Hmmmmm I have no idea who this could be 😉

Tiger moth of some sort, probably Virginian.

April 2, 2019

Catch-up time!

April 4

This sweet babe 😭 Growing so fast.

Oh! What’s this?

Molting? Again?!

April 6

A racing stripe! Some accent color! I think the babe is almost identifiable!

April 9

After another molt, we have some interesting changes!

Who could this baby be?!

My baby’s face is the same!

Can’t wait to see who this is!

April 8, 2019