Category: moth gif

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

nanonaturalist: It’s a boy!!! I still have a…

nanonaturalist:

It’s a boy!!!

I still have another Cecropia moth cocoon. We’ll see if he gets a girlfriend (they’re probably siblings…)

February 26, 2019

She’s here and she’s beautiful!

I love her!!!! If you have not had the honor of meeting a Cecropia moth, they do this little gryration dance… constantly.

Ugh yes perfect

February 27, 2019

nanonaturalist: I heard scratching inside the…

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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

It’s a boy!!! I still have another Cecropia m…

It’s a boy!!!

I still have another Cecropia moth cocoon. We’ll see if he gets a girlfriend (they’re probably siblings…)

February 26, 2019

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LAMP? 

Got any lamps?

Got any lamps?

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Fetal moths. Vine Sphinx eggs in the microscope today. They had started changing colors so I know I needed a closer look. Good thing I did!

Both were green striped this morning. By afternoon, one had turned yellow (the color of the developing caterpillar!), and the one that was still green had developed a visible heartbeat. The yellow one tested out his chompers!!! These caterpillars are the ones with the tails (aka “hornworms”), and you can see the yellow baby’s little tail curled up by his face.

By evening, the yellow one had hatched. So precious!

July 8, 2018

Right so this chompy baby? Still in the egg? From one week ago?

They grow SO FAST.

July 15, 2018

You’re a good caterpillar parent!!!

Awww thanks. I love my babies

Look how much he grew in ONE DAY!!!

Yesterday morning, I saw the baby was molting (again?! So soon?!). Look at his little face popping off!

This evening? All done! And, CHOCOLATE-flavored! Look how big! Remember, this is the babe who was IN THAT EGG 10 DAYS AGO.

For whatever reason, the three I raised in captivity (who molted in captivity) have turned brown in the final caterpillar stage, compared to the wild ones who were green. I’ve read the brown color is common in captive sphinx moths. Very interesting!

What a mess. Their poops are the size of chickpeas and they can strip a vine bare in no time.

One of the older sausages. I have to drag out the ladder to feed them now, they ate all the vine within my reach!

July 18, 2018

My tiny chompy baby, two weeks old:

July 22, 2018

I just got home today and guess what??

Where is baby??? Wait, that mound wasn’t there before… OH!!!! Baby made it all the way to the bottom 😭

(Above: bad photo of the hole he chewed in the paper towel base so I can watch him 😭)

Recently I was fondly remembering his birth, when I noticed his egg was empty… where did he go?!

He was scaling an empty Question Mark chrysalis. What, you don’t have those laying around? 😛

With his two older siblings. My squishy child is growing so fast 😭

July 23, 2018

It has been a while and I was getting concerned, so last night I dug into the dirt pile to check up on the baby.

Look at this dirt cocoon! Nice and spacious!

This rolly pupa is so cute! My baby was spinning around trying to get comfortable. I put him back in his dirt cocoon after I checked up on him. Nice and healthy!

August 18, 2018

It’s been A MONTH and my baby still hasn’t come out. Is he okay??? I had to check.

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Yup he’s fine 😂 Just a late bloomer for now.

September 19, 2018

The End!

Chompy baby flew off to freedom September 26, 2018. And of COURSE before I could get a handmoth photo.

/posted September 30, 2018

The Poopening Featuring: Prehensile Jelly Anus…

The Poopening
Featuring: Prehensile Jelly Anus
Starring: Polyphemus Moth Caterpillars

Coming soon to a theater near you!

September 29, 2018

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Fetal moths. Vine Sphinx eggs in the microscope today. They had started changing colors so I know I needed a closer look. Good thing I did!

Both were green striped this morning. By afternoon, one had turned yellow (the color of the developing caterpillar!), and the one that was still green had developed a visible heartbeat. The yellow one tested out his chompers!!! These caterpillars are the ones with the tails (aka “hornworms”), and you can see the yellow baby’s little tail curled up by his face.

By evening, the yellow one had hatched. So precious!

July 8, 2018

Right so this chompy baby? Still in the egg? From one week ago?

They grow SO FAST.

July 15, 2018

You’re a good caterpillar parent!!!

Awww thanks. I love my babies

Look how much he grew in ONE DAY!!!

Yesterday morning, I saw the baby was molting (again?! So soon?!). Look at his little face popping off!

This evening? All done! And, CHOCOLATE-flavored! Look how big! Remember, this is the babe who was IN THAT EGG 10 DAYS AGO.

For whatever reason, the three I raised in captivity (who molted in captivity) have turned brown in the final caterpillar stage, compared to the wild ones who were green. I’ve read the brown color is common in captive sphinx moths. Very interesting!

What a mess. Their poops are the size of chickpeas and they can strip a vine bare in no time.

One of the older sausages. I have to drag out the ladder to feed them now, they ate all the vine within my reach!

July 18, 2018

My tiny chompy baby, two weeks old:

July 22, 2018

I just got home today and guess what??

Where is baby??? Wait, that mound wasn’t there before… OH!!!! Baby made it all the way to the bottom 😭

(Above: bad photo of the hole he chewed in the paper towel base so I can watch him 😭)

Recently I was fondly remembering his birth, when I noticed his egg was empty… where did he go?!

He was scaling an empty Question Mark chrysalis. What, you don’t have those laying around? 😛

With his two older siblings. My squishy child is growing so fast 😭

July 23, 2018

It has been a while and I was getting concerned, so last night I dug into the dirt pile to check up on the baby.

Look at this dirt cocoon! Nice and spacious!

This rolly pupa is so cute! My baby was spinning around trying to get comfortable. I put him back in his dirt cocoon after I checked up on him. Nice and healthy!

August 18, 2018

It’s been A MONTH and my baby still hasn’t come out. Is he okay??? I had to check.

Yup he’s fine 😂 Just a late loomer for now.

September 19, 2018

Make more

patchesthecryptid:

@nanonaturalist they touchin bums! Mating right?

Yeeeeeessssssssss make more Cecropias do itttttttt

Make more fatty pillars

Make more wiggly boys

Make more

September 1, 2018