Category: insect gif

nanonaturalist: caterpillar-gifs: Euclea inc…

nanonaturalist:

caterpillar-gifs:

Euclea incisa slug moth caterpillars

Top gif: heartbeat in a caterpillar visible before molting
Other gifs: restless caterpillar seeks out a pupation spot (his heartbeat was also visible, though harder to see in the gifs)

They grow so fast!

June 16, 2019

PS

Here is the cocoon of our restless fellow (and his final poops):

Also, he monch (look at his little bum in the lower right corner!).

The slug moths hide their faces so they will hold their leaves with opposable face flaps that look like giant lips. It’s like if you wore a hoodie laced mostly shut and ate by putting food into the narrow opening of the hood.

June 16, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Euclea incisa slug moth cat…

caterpillar-gifs:

Euclea incisa slug moth caterpillars

Top gif: heartbeat in a caterpillar visible before molting
Other gifs: restless caterpillar seeks out a pupation spot (his heartbeat was also visible, though harder to see in the gifs)

They grow so fast!

June 16, 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

caterpillar-gifs: Euclea incisa, spiny slug c…

caterpillar-gifs:

Euclea incisa, spiny slug caterpillars

My spiny sluggy babs are getting bigger, spinier, and sluggier!

June 5, 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

caterpillar-gifs: Ruddy Dagger Moth caterpill…

caterpillar-gifs:

Ruddy Dagger Moth caterpillar, extra twitchy

I didn’t realize until I came back inside and looked over the photos, but twitchy baby was molting!

I think this is the first time I’ve found one of these caterpillars in my yard! Nice!

June 3, 2019

This fat girl is lovely. She is a Halysidota s…

This fat girl is lovely. She is a Halysidota sp. Tiger moth. These moths are rare at my house, so I was happy to have a visit from her!

Their common names include the word “tussock moth” (examples are Sycamore Tussock Moth, and Banded Tussock Moth) even though they are not tussock moths, because their caterpillars have the little tufts of fur (they are mimics!):

Notice the above caterpillar is poofy with a couple little tufts at the end? Actual tussock moths (which can sting you!) look like this:

Above: Unidentified Tussock moth caterpillar from Malawi

Left: Definite Tussock Moth from Village Creek State Park, near Beaumont, TX
Right: Southern Tussock Moth from my yard near Austin, TX

These caterpillar are not as all-around poofy, and they also have four tufts on their back near their head (easier to see in the Malawian and Definite caterpillars. The Texan caterpillars are younger, so they don’t have their tufts out on display in full glory like the mature Malawian caterpillar does, but that’s the look our Halysidota baby is going for.

June 1, 2019

caterpillar-gifs: Carolina Sphinx caterpillar…

caterpillar-gifs:

Carolina Sphinx caterpillar (AKA Tobacco Hornworm) doing a robot dance on some fancypants heirloom tomatoes

Babe I met in a garden yesterday!

May 31, 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