Category: lepidoptera

Someone in the notes said that the caterpillar…

Someone in the notes said that the caterpillars wiggle like that as a defense against wasps, so it's likely screams give them some sort of wasp stimuli, like buzzing? Although I didn't verify that.

That is very cool and I’m going to do more googling; @nanonaturalist – a possible answer to the caterpillar yell response.

nanonaturalist: Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes…

nanonaturalist:

Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying spree. I caught her laying at least 20 eggs on my passion vine. She “faked it” twice as often as she actually laid, and faked it on random plants near the passion vine (they only lay on passion vine).

It’s a lot of eggs, but it seems like the friendly neighborhood wasps and birds have been keeping the caterpillar numbers reasonable. I take in as many as I can, though!

July 21, 2018

Are you kidding me

She laid an egg on the BIRD POOP dangling from the trellis?!?!

-_-

Still July 21

celestialmacros: Ok, I’ve always thought that…

celestialmacros:

Ok, I’ve always thought that clearwing moths were fairy-like, but this one seems to have actual magic in its wings.  I’ve been a photographer for a long, long time and I’ve never seen any kind of motion blur like this.  It has an aura.  Its a new camera and I could have had hit some weird buttons, but it only happened on these 4 frames.  Below is what these moths look like normally:

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Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis), July 16 and 20, 2018, Southeastern Pennsylvania

My babies are so wonderful 😭

Fun fact: their wings are not clear at all before they start flying. Here’s one who had just emerged from her pupa:

thelepidopteragirl: nanonaturalist: entophile…

thelepidopteragirl:

nanonaturalist:

entophiles:

Couple a cute moths I spotted today

(I know the left is a clymene moth but not sure of the right)

Right moth is a dagger

Random page of daggers from The New Moth Book (Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America) as examples.

ahhh that guide is out???? I’ve been waiting for it !!!!

Yeah, it just came a few months ago and it’s great! The range is somewhat limited BUT it has many (but not all) of the species you can expect to encounter in the American South. Very good for experts and noobs alike.

Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying s…

Gulf Fritillary butterfly goes on egg-laying spree. I caught her laying at least 20 eggs on my passion vine. She “faked it” twice as often as she actually laid, and faked it on random plants near the passion vine (they only lay on passion vine).

It’s a lot of eggs, but it seems like the friendly neighborhood wasps and birds have been keeping the caterpillar numbers reasonable. I take in as many as I can, though!

July 21, 2018

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

ms-demeanor:

nanonaturalist:

Moth Shirt Fundraiser, Y’all!

If you follow me you know (1) I am up to my neck in caterpillars (2) I LOVE getting people excited about bugs and nature, online, in person, and everywhere in between. 

If you know me in real life, you also know I am (3) up to my *ears* in car problems. Driving back and forth across Texas every week = CAR PROBLEMS holy carp. Please help support me through what I hope is my last car crisis (and get a cute/dorky moth shirt in the process). 

If I can meet my goal of 50 shirts, this fundraiser will completely pay off my mechanic bill. (hallelujah). Bonfire lets people set their own profits, and I priced these things as low as I could without giving them away for free at lower volumes. 

Fun fact! This campaign ends the same day National Moth Week starts: July 21! Learn more about National Moth Week here! [link] 

If you like what I do and want to support me, but can’t afford a shirt, please consider a reblob <3

Also if you can’t afford a shirt remember that @nanonaturalist has a Ko-Fi account where you can support the endeavor to fill the internet with ever more crawly critters.

Here it is:

https://ko-fi.com/L4L7BMFZ

Yes yes that thing. I’ve been meaning to make a good default “signature” line with all my links but there are TOO MANY MOTHS and NOT ENOUGH TIME. Like this booger who wouldn’t fly away so I stood in the yard for an hour poking him and he just kept crawling onto my shoulder and peeing on me and NOT GOING ANYWHERE meanwhile I was getting destroyed by mosquitos and dying of heat stroke and not writing tumblr posts.

But anyways [time = money], therefore [money = time], consequently [buy a moth shirt/donate to kofi fund -> more time for NanoNaturalist to slave over caterpillars to bring you Quality Moth Content like the above]

I haven’t had time to finish that post about Take Your Caterpillars Grocery Shopping Day, but oh man if I could afford internet at home, you bet I would have posted it by now!

12 days left to get yer moth shirt!

(moth is the second Snowberry Clearwing All Grown Up! Oh hey I’m at work with internet I should upload the video of this exact moth pupating!)

July 9, 2018

Wow time flies! The fundraiser ends this Saturday! Only 6 more days to get a moth shirt! And there are so many moths.

I saw this clearwing moth in my yard last week (while it was pouring down rain!) I love these things!

July 16, 2018

Less than 24 hours left!

(Above: my unicorns 😭)

July 20, 2018 / National Moth Week Eve

entophiles: Couple a cute moths I spotted tod…

entophiles:

Couple a cute moths I spotted today

(I know the left is a clymene moth but not sure of the right)

Right moth is a dagger

Random page of daggers from The New Moth Book (Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America) as examples.

 @wildsageleon submitted:

 @wildsageleon submitted:

Do you know what kind of moth this is? The first picture is of its underside and the second is of the top

These little moths are tricky! The basic shape tells me this is a Geometrid moth (the caterpillars are commonly called “inchworms”). Worldwide, there are about 35,000 species of Geometrid moths [link], which is a lot of moths! And many of these can look so similar, the only way to distinguish them is by either dissecting them or looking at their privates through a microscope.

I tried using the identify tool on iNaturalist [link] (basically, add the photo and see what it thinks it is), and it guessed genus Pasiphila [link], which is within Geometridae. I don’t know where you are in the world, but if you are in North America, the only species in this genus is the Green Pug Moth Pasiphila rectangulata [link]

I compared your photo to one that has been identified on Bugguide [link], and they look pretty close!

The colors aren’t as bright in yours, but the placement of the markings is similar. There can be a lot of variation between individuals of the same species based on their age and their surroundings (and how they hold their wings!

July 20, 2018

patchesthecryptid: bugkeeping: about a month …

patchesthecryptid:

bugkeeping:

about a month ago these guys were the size of a grain of rice

@nanonaturalist @moth-mobile @salopian-peasant look at these adorable lads

*gently kisses each horn*

emptyinthesnow: nanonaturalist: Who wore it b…

emptyinthesnow:

nanonaturalist:

Who wore it better?

July 12, 2018

What the fuck is this is the fuck what

Babies! They grow up into:

Vine Sphinx moth 😍