Category: insect gif

Regular

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

Incoming: A “different” kind of caterpillar!

I am overjoyed and elated to announce these beautiful eggs, which I found in some elderberry leaves I was about to feed the cecropias (elderberry is popular!)

And yes, I said in the leaves. Look closer:

Here you can see each egg underneath a thin membrane of leaf tissue. What kind of insect lays its eggs inside the leaves? Lots of them, but one, in particular, has been hanging out on the elderberry plant for over a week straight, loving life and drinking elderberry nectar whenever she wants:

It wasn’t until I uploaded photos to iNat that I realized she could have been the mother, since I thought she was a wasp I didn’t recognize. I wasn’t too far off: she is a hymenopteran, like wasps, but she is a SAWFLY. My friends over on iNat have identified her as being in genus Macrophya, and three species in Texas feed on elderberry. So I was right about my hunch that the eggs were sawfly eggs, even if I didn’t realize their mom was still hanging out in my elderberry bush!

The photos above were from Saturday. On Sunday, guess what?

An eye!!!

I’ve talked about sawfly larvae before, and how they look very similar to caterpillars (they are often confused). I’ve attempted to rear them before (a different species) when I had an infestation on a vine in my yard, but I’ve never found eggs before. Exciting! I just need to make sure they don’t destroy my elderberry bush, the cecropias have dibs!

March 31/April 1, 2019

The Hatchening

Oh! Where is the baby?!

Here’s a nibble, he can’t be far. Let’s turn over the leaf. Maybe he’s hiding.

!!!!!!!!!! A baby!!!!!!

He very much wanted to be hiding, so he was very crawly when I was looking at him. See how tiny??!

He’s making a grand escape!

I went to get some fresh leaves for him, and figured I may as well bring in some of his siblings (I know his mom left a ton of eggs back there). I stopped myself at ten.

Eeeeeeeeee!!!!

April 2, 2019

It’s Raining Sawflies

So, every time I get elderberry for the cecropias, I end up finding a handful more sawfly eggs. I have at least 20 now, and they are all starting to hatch! The babies prefer to stay curled up in a little spiral under the leaves, but as soon as I pick them up for photoshoots, they uncurl and run away. The first baby is HUGE now!

April 4/5, 2019

Regular

nanonaturalist:

Incoming: A “different” kind of caterpillar!

I am overjoyed and elated to announce these beautiful eggs, which I found in some elderberry leaves I was about to feed the cecropias (elderberry is popular!)

And yes, I said in the leaves. Look closer:

Here you can see each egg underneath a thin membrane of leaf tissue. What kind of insect lays its eggs inside the leaves? Lots of them, but one, in particular, has been hanging out on the elderberry plant for over a week straight, loving life and drinking elderberry nectar whenever she wants:

It wasn’t until I uploaded photos to iNat that I realized she could have been the mother, since I thought she was a wasp I didn’t recognize. I wasn’t too far off: she is a hymenopteran, like wasps, but she is a SAWFLY. My friends over on iNat have identified her as being in genus Macrophya, and three species in Texas feed on elderberry. So I was right about my hunch that the eggs were sawfly eggs, even if I didn’t realize their mom was still hanging out in my elderberry bush!

The photos above were from Saturday. On Sunday, guess what?

An eye!!!

I’ve talked about sawfly larvae before, and how they look very similar to caterpillars (they are often confused). I’ve attempted to rear them before (a different species) when I had an infestation on a vine in my yard, but I’ve never found eggs before. Exciting! I just need to make sure they don’t destroy my elderberry bush, the cecropias have dibs!

March 31/April 1, 2019

The Hatchening

Oh! Where is the baby?!

Here’s a nibble, he can’t be far. Let’s turn over the leaf. Maybe he’s hiding.

!!!!!!!!!! A baby!!!!!!

He very much wanted to be hiding, so he was very crawly when I was looking at him. See how tiny??!

He’s making a grand escape!

I went to get some fresh leaves for him, and figured I may as well bring in some of his siblings (I know his mom left a ton of eggs back there). I stopped myself at ten.

Eeeeeeeeee!!!!

April 2, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Black Swallowtail Butterfly…

caterpillar-gifs:

Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar, obsessed with hygiene

FYI, in case y’all don’t know about the caterpillar gif blog, I have a caterpillar gif blog. Where I post… caterpillar gifs. Here is one of the black swallowtail babies who is… taking a bath instead of stuffing his face and growing asap so I can take pictures without using the microscope???

I am too distracted to figure out how I want to handle x-posting so if you want to for sure see all the caterpillar content, keep an eye over there!

March 27/28, 2019

Bugfingers White moth = saltmarsh moth Brown m…

Bugfingers

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!

March 25, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Newborn Cecropia Moth cater…

caterpillar-gifs:

Newborn Cecropia Moth caterpillars.

Guess who hatched today?

These turds. The Cecropia babs!!!

I kept more eggs than I should have (*gulp*) and I have given them the host plants I can easily offer: elm (lots of saplings popped up in my yard, yay, free trees!) and elderberry (tiny baby bush, less than a year old, in my garden). I really hope they at least accept the elm because I do not have enough elderberry for 50 Cecropia caterpillars.

So far, they have only wandered around their enclosure trying to escape, no nibbles on the plants yet. I will keep my fingers crossed!

March 17, 2019

nanonaturalist: I heard scratching inside the…

nanonaturalist:

I heard scratching inside the Polyphemus cocoons (you remember my fat green sausages?!), and I took a peek.

No moths trapped inside. Still troublemakers, just in pupa form. They should be adults any day now!

February 26, 2019

They yearned for freedom!

@burningtrashnightmare asked about cutting the cocoons open! The cocoons keep them safe from predators and the environment. They made these cocoons in … November? December? It was months ago, in any case. The cocoons are semi-waterproof, but still breatheable, are sturdy, everything they need to stay protected in the wild.

In my house, however, they don’t need to worry about baking in the sun, drowning in the rain, or getting attacked by parasites. I have had “naked” pupae sitting out for months, but as long as they don’t dry out (air conditioning is not a moth’s best friend!), they are fine! There might be some issues with getting out of the pupa without the end anchored in the cocoon, but we’ll see!

February 27, 2019

nanonaturalist: My yard is infested with these…

nanonaturalist:

My yard is infested with these adorable animate hairpieces. They look soft and cuddly, but if you ever see one of these (common in the US south), DO NOT TOUCH! Those hairs conceal heavy duty spines capable of injecting a highly potent venom. Even a light brush is enough to send some people to the ER.

I had heard about flannel moth caterpillars soon after I moved to Texas, and I made a mental note to not touch anything unless I knew for sure that it couldn’t hurt me (hasn’t kept me from getting bitten but I have never been stung because I was an idiot!). I was *hoping* that Texas was overrun by these guys, but after four years of not seeing one, I gave up.

… then I moved out to the country. And these babies are EATING MY PLUM SAPLING. I suspected these were the flannel moth caterpillars because of the joke about them looking like they escaped from the head of a particular unpopular individual, but they are TINY! and all of the photos online show mature caterpillars, not young ones. However, the family is distinct in that they have 7 pairs of prolegs (their little suction cup “feet”–more than usual for caterpillars!), and guess who was showing off 14 little prolegs today?

I was a little unnerved at first. I go out into the yard every day to manhandle plants to feed to the other caterpillars, and last night I found this beautiful fluffy baby eating a leaf in the stick insect tank. Did I mention these are highly venomous? That a sting on your finger can cause shooting pain and swelling up to your shoulder? Not exactly something I want to accidentally grab. So now I go out in the sweaty 90+ degree weather wearing vinyl gloves in the hope that they will save me.

So add flannel moths to the list of caterpillars invading my kitchen. The adults are totally harmless and look like fluffy teddy bears with wings. I’m trying to exercise moderation and NOT end up with hundreds of caterpillars again, so I only have four fluffy hairpieces.

PS: HAPPY MOTH WEEK EVERYONE!!!

June 12, 2017

Hey guys, remember when I was drowning in flannel moths? This was the beginning. 

reblobbed January 4, 2019

nanofishology:MY FIRST MANTISFLY!!!!! SITTING …

nanofishology:

MY FIRST MANTISFLY!!!!! SITTING ON MY BEDROOM WINDOW!!! #BLESSED

Flashback to October 16, 2016 when I met my first ever mantidfly, after much anticipation. 

Reblogged December 16, 2018

caterpillar-gifs: Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpill…

caterpillar-gifs:

Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillar

New baby! Another gift, already spinning a leaf cocoon!

December 15, 2018

Soldier Fly Larva!

@theartisticvet submitted:

I found this guy on my porch today, it doesn’t have a distinct face nor does it have any legs. Can you help me figure out what it is?


Soldier Fly Larva!

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They can live in the water!

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They can live on land!

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They can be tiny and live under tree bark (image above taken through a microscope)

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They wiggle!

I’m not sure, but I’m wondering if the one you found is a pupa–I had a hard time finding information about them online. They are pretty fun. Soldier flies are very diverse, and gardeners who do a lot of compost actively seek out soldier fly larvae because they are great at eating and pooping!

Sorry for THE DELAY™ but ya know
December 10, 2018