Category: moth

samsbuggos: nanonaturalist: I drove four hou…

samsbuggos:

nanonaturalist:

I drove four hours to see a caterpillar. 

I had heard that Mother Neff State Park (which is halfway between Temple and Waco, TX) had cecropia moth caterpillars. These are the caterpillars of the largest native moth in North America (wingspans greater than 6 inches have been documented). And you know what you need to get a giant moth? A giant caterpillar. 

I only found one (hiding in the plum tree right outside the visitor’s center!), and a couple cocoons (bottom two photos), so it seems that I came just in time. Any later and this one would have been in a cocoon too. The fun part: the unripe plums in the tree were the same exact color and texture as the caterpillar (he felt like velvet!), so despite being enormous, they are very well camouflaged.

He was very shy. He kept pulling his little face into his rolls to hide. Everything about it was perfect. A highlight of my week, for sure. Even if I didn’t get home until 3 am!

June 10/11, 2017

Oof. Him big! I might need to hit that park in the future

I have since learned that MANY other places have these dudes! Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin (like, where I live?) has over 100 cocoons with moths that are emerging right now, and over 100 eggs that will be hatching soon. So, if you are in central Texas/Austin, and don’t want to drive 4 hours… maybe hit up the wildflower center! Their caterpillars should be getting nice and juicy around May/June, so contact them and make sure you are visiting during peak plumpness if you do decide to pay them a visit.

Alternatively, if I still haven’t found a job by then, I will definitely bring an armful of Cecropia caterpillars to a food truck in exchange for a milk shake or something, because I have 13 of them right now [link to most recent caterpillar livepost]. So, uh… just putting that out there.

March 27, 2019

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spinebug:

i went to Explore UT today and got some cecropia moth eggs from @nanonaturalist !! thank you SO much, i’m so excited to watch them grow up!

i also got to hold a hissing cockroach which was fun

Yaaaay! Good luck! I haven’t raised Cecropias before (just kidnapped older caterpillars and cocoons), so I’m excited to try these out too!

It’s funny, I wasn’t planning to be at ExploreUT, but last night one of my friends told me they had volunteer cancelations and were hurting for people. Also, he suggested that I bring my Cecropia moths and stick insects. Both my and my babies’ surprise appearance was much welcomed, and oh boy, the Cecropia moths were mating the entire time. One kid asked if they were kissing with their butts. 😂

The entomology collections had four tables, three had specimens in drawers plus an interactive game at one, and the last table had the living specimens, which would have been only the hissing cockroaches and (well-contained) black widow and brown recluse spiders had I not been present. We were pretty busy all day, so I didn’t get a chance to get better photos of the tables, but loooook!

There’s the hamper with my babies! Their cocoons are off to the right so people could touch them. The sticks are in the tank you can almost see to the left.

(Funny story: that little pink book on the table in front of the bald dude, aka Alex Wild, is a baby album/scrapbook my friend who dragged me into this put together for his botflies. He had ultrasounds done on them and everything. Nerd)

The moths were Popular. I mean, Look;

People were leaning in on the tables to see the moths around the crowd so much that this is how offset they were at the end of the day. Also, here is a better view of the baby sticks. They were very well behaved. Only one escaped, that I know of. At one point I was informed I had a stick insect on my shoulder and I just sighed.

It appears I have successfully infiltrated the Biodiversity Center at UT!

March 2, 2019

@stormleap submitted:

@stormleap submitted:

i found my cat trying to play w this lil friend and i was wondering what type of caterpillar/butterfly ( ??? ) it is?


This friend would be a type of cutworm moth (family Noctuidae). They curl up in little balls like this when they’re scared.

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There are lots of these kinds of moths (over 2500 species just in North America!), so when I find these, I have to raise them to adulthood to identify them correctly.

Thanks for sharing!

September 13, 2018

shuufly: White-lined Sphinx Mothin. I’m hold…

shuufly:

White-lined Sphinx Mothin.

I’m holding a raffle over on deviantART for my closed species Mothins!

https://www.deviantart.com/shuufly/art/Free-Mothins-Raffle-Event-Open-760671582
You can win this design and slots. óvó/ Details thru the link!

sinobug: Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Pergesa acteu…

sinobug:

Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Pergesa acteus, Sphingidae), fourth (penultimate) instar

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Aaaaaaaahhhhhh my Vine Sphinx’s squishy jellyroll neck cousin!!!!!!

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

Couple a cute moths I spotted today (I know t…

Couple a cute moths I spotted today

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

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire:

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

Who wore it better? July 12, 2018

Who wore it better?

July 12, 2018

coolbugs: Bug of the Day OMG, look how plump t…

coolbugs:

Bug of the Day

OMG, look how plump these Promethea moth caterpillars (Callosamia promethea) are getting! I want to squish them a little but I think they have spines or something because my hands get hot and itchy after I clean the enclosure.

No spines, but you could be allergic to that much cute

(I kissed my cecropia baby. They are so soft and velvety 😭)