White moth = saltmarsh moth
Brown moth = walnut sphinx (remember the screaming caterpillar?)
Green stink bug
Brown stink bug
I wanted a moth on every finger, but couldn’t find enough. So I settled for bugs. But the green stinker wouldn’t cooperate, walked over the sphinx’s face, made him pee all over me, then walked over the saltmarsh moth’s face, peed on me himself, then flew off. Rude!
Alright, enough about boning moths for a second, cuz I’m unemployed now and I have a situation. I need a particular software package which costs an amount of money which is generally unwise for newly unemployed people to be spending on … anything. But it’s gotta happen for a presentation in about a week, and it’s gotta happen if I want to keep posting here as I have in the past–if you like essentially any post I’ve made that has photos in it, chances are you have enjoyed my having access to this particular software as much as I have.
I have a ko-fi account. I have not “advertised” it much because that’s just not my style and I generally assume that y’all are just as broke as I am. And I’m not desperate yet, but I have been Unemployed in bold with a capital U before and I know with certainty that I cannot survive 9 months without a job this time around. Because I’ve mapped out my budget for the next 9 months and it’s grim. There is nothing I can do that I haven’t already done in terms of job hunting.
So what I ask:
If you have enjoyed caterpillar butts and moth indecency and rants about bizarre things that you wouldn’t think humans would have opinions about, and if you have $3 to spare, please considering contributing to the cause of ensuring I can continue to raise caterpillars to take pictures of/post their butts and then perv on them doing it while taking very strong stances on what species of bird the bird seed companies put on their packaging (HOUSE SPARROWS?!?!?!!?!!?!?).
If you have enjoyed all these things but do not have the $3 to spare, then please tell the next bug you see that they are beautiful/they are so fat/”What a handsome man!”
If you think I’m stupid and my blog sucks (*gasp!*), then this is me mooning you:
March 1, 2019
I love you
As a token of my appreciation, please accept my full-grown adult Giant Leopard Moth 😀
I raised the caterpillars inside for a couple molts, but I just could’t take care of them over the winter (their food dried out too fast and the trees were dropping leaves), so I did the mature thing and let them go. They did their winter diapause, I saw caterpillars again early February or so, and this moth must have JUST emerged a couple nights ago when I found him because he peed all over me (visible in photo).
Thank you so much!!!
Also some good news: got some job search tips from a guy I connected with on LinkedIn (the trick when you get into higher level positions: just start emailing people at companies you want to work at directly), and a recruiter trying to fill a project position with the power company contacted me directly (also via LinkedIn) and asked me to apply for it. Thanks to some resume feedback I got (also from a new connection on LinkedIn—I gotta say, writing a snarky comment to a trending news post at 4 am was a good move!), the resume I submit for that opening will kick some serious 9th abdominal segments. Here’s to hoping!
Some of my guests from the past week.
1. Jumping spider (Colonus sp.)
2. Potter wasp
3. Juvenile Texas spiny lizard
4. Flower weevil
5. Billbug snout beetle
6. Longhorn bee
7. Green anole (being purple cuz they change colors
9. Bird grasshopper (their poops are HUGE and look like caterpillars, I was confused for a while!)
10. Carolina sphinx moth and Scissors grinder cicada
Meet Syssphinx heiligbrodti, a Royal Silk Moth found only in Texas and Mexico. A handsome man. Their caterpillars eat mesquite and are COVERED IN HORNS LIKE THE HORNED DEVILS *furiously plants mesquite*
Once upon a time, a million 2.5 years ago, I was in my ancestral homeland (Maui), and was graced with the presence of this beautiful underwing moth, in the Eudocima genus. I tried and tried to ID it for a while, and finally realized I couldn’t figure it out because (1) Hawaii isn’t included as part of North America in bugguide, which is fair enough, but also (2) this genus contains an invasive species (Fruit-piercing Moth, Eudocima phalonia) that the feds are claiming hasn’t been present in Hawaii since 2001 [link].
Lots of other moths in this genus look similar, and I don’t have the keys to figure out which one I met, but these underwing moths are still pretty neat!
Seen on Maui, HI, January 20, 2016 / Posted June 14, 2018
My Io boy! I found him as a caterpillar in October, he made his cocoon and pupated in early November, and he hibernated over the winter. Now it’s spring and he’s ready to get lucky!
I released him onto a mulberry sapling in the yard. The larger the moth, the harder it is convincing them to BE FREE JUST GO!! The ios are so sleepy.
April 20, 2018
Ask and ye shall receive!
@drearysighs and anybody else wondering: this is an io moth (Automeris io is the scientific name). The males and females are different colors so it’s easy to tell them apart! The males are yellow and the females are brown. In biology, this is called “sexual dimorphism” (when males and females look different).
They have eyespots on their bottom wing (hindwing is the technical term), which they will FLASH OPEN to scare you if they think you will eat them.
Below, please find some additional photos of males, females, a pupa, and an older caterpillar. They start out orange, then become yellow, then end up green right before making a cocoon and pupating!