I wanted to introduce y’all to a Texas-sized mosquito, the gallinipper. I do a “finger for scale” thing frequently, but in this case somebody thought I was offering a free meal. Haaaaaaa NOPE!
Getting bit by one of these ladies feels about as painful as getting stuck with a hypodermic needle. Not too pleasant!
August 18, 2018
This naughty Gulf Fritillary baby escaped while searching for the best pupation spot. Sorry babe, I don’t think you’ll enjoy getting chased by cats as a butterfly. I put him back in the enclosure.
August 18, 2018
Question Mark butterfly from this morning
August 15, 2018
The cutest baby rat is trying her hardest to drink some water, but the cutest baby cardinals keep scaring her. It’s almost as if birds *enjoy* being buttheads.
August 13, 2018
Can I call them Drama Queens?
Queen caterpillars are large, fat, stumpy, and full of FIGHT. After a week of growing very fast while eating very little, their appetites have caught up with them. Milkweed does NOT stay fresh very long! The milky sap will clog up the veins when you cut leaves and stems off, so even when I do the trick where you trim the stems under water, they still get soft and droopy in a day. While they were growing slow, I didn’t give them too much food since my milkweed plants are finite. But after this last molt, they started to have traffic jams. I gave them the top of a plant to celebrate their newfound jellyrolls.
Also, first kiss. Review: kinda small, but cool and smooth. A+ would kiss again, but will wait until larger.
This gifset is large, so I’m posting it separately from the Queen Caterpillar liveposting thread [link]. But, I will continue to add updates to that one.
August 11, 2018
Hey it’s been a while since I did a gifset photodump! Fun fact: iNaturalist lets you upload gifs. Funner fact: I’m too lazy to convert bursts to gif so I do it via tumblr.
I don’t know what these things are yet! But!
1. My yard rat (I have a family of them soooo cuuuute also my neighbors hate me)
2. You know how in Futurama the joke about owls basically being rat-equivalents? Well, in Texas, it’s doves. White-winged doves in particular. They make A MESS! This is a FINCH FEEDER. Not a DOVE FEEDER
3. Cute tiny parasitic wasp! Possibly a braconid.
4. A cricket! I swear I know what kind but I forgot 😛
5. A beetle! Leaf beetle perhaps?
6. A spider! Ant mimic/ground spider? Who knows?
August 6, 2018
Adorable baby milkweed butterflies are READY TO BE BORN!!!
I am not sure if these are Monarch or Queen butterflies, and it DOESN’T MATTER because BOTH ARE FAT AND STUMPY with good A+ stripes and wiggly bits.
I love watching my butterfly fetuses move around and practice chomping before they hatch 😭
August ¾, 2018 (hey it’s 2 am I don’t know what day to call this!)
A beautiful wiggly sawfly pupa
Seen July 13 / posted July 30, 2018
Soldier flies! Wiggly baby and wiggly adult!
The larvae are popular in composting. I found this one while I was digging up a morning glory that was growing under the bird feeders so I could replant it in my garden. This baby was very happy to eat all the discarded seeds! I thought I had cut a beetle grub with my shovel until baby’s head poked out and the wiggling commenced.
Not positive of species, but I suspect these are black soldier flies.
Seen early July, posted July 29, 2018