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pterygota: after many disappointing days, i fo…

pterygota:

after many disappointing
days, i found SO MANY cool bugs in my yard today! invluding the first thyanta
perditor ive seen in weeks, but i couldnt get a photo of it.

heres some nice pics of
cool bugs that i didnt think were quite good enough photos to put in the
drafts/queue

you can see all of these
and more on my inaturalist, kuchipatchis (though i saved some photos just for here!)

the first two i have no
clue at all what they are. the third is definitely a moth, i think a sun moth
of some kind. the final thing is genus toxomerus, species unidentifiable –
literally, no one can ID a good portion of floridian toxomerus species.

First one—maybe a whitefly???? (I commented on your inat obs)

Second one: mayfly for sure (I do not claim to know mayflies)

Third one, yes, sun moth. I think you have Aetole bella. I’ve seen Aetole tripunctella.

Good moth.

Number four… I’ll tag the fly person. But it might not be Toxomerus. There are way more hover flies than you may think! I gave up on them until I have the time to really focus on them.

August 20, 2018

theconstellationsinyourskin: nanonaturalist: …

theconstellationsinyourskin:

nanonaturalist:

cheezgrub:

nanonaturalist:

viral-inflection:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

I got a ladder out at 1 am and climbed into a tree to get this fat sausage who keeps his arms completely retracted into his neck???

Vine Sphinx moth caterpillar
July 5, 2018 (3 am…)

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I set up a nice viney enclosure for the fat sausage. You see the vine he’s on? He stripped it completely bare. When I came back to check on him later, he had managed to break the vine loose from the attachment (so fat!) and was just helplessly dangling on his barren vine.

I found more (different) caterpillars on some possum grape vines I intended to feed him, and found a BUNCH of eggs. My bet is they are more vine sphinx eggs. !!!

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Above: the other babies (they look like grapeleaf skeletonizer moths, but there’s a second species that looks identical until adulthood)

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Above: Vine Sphinx egg?!

July 6, 2018

Looks like my profile pic!

Hello @viral-inflection! Your profile pic is a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar! They are a type of silk moth (not closely related to sphinx moths), and they are also VERY large.

BEHOLD

This bab turns into:

A beautiful large boy 😭

August 8, 2018

I found a Polyphemus the other day!!!

They’re truly breathtaking!!!!

😭 I love him!!!

Is this the same dude??? I found em outside my work at like 8am, he was so big and pretty

He sure is! Polyphemus moth gentleman 😍

Ailanthus webworm moth

poc-recovering:

Saw this beautiful buggo today and last night. Can anyone identify this long boi?

Ailanthus webworm moth

😍 I always love seeing these! They’re good luck :3

August 18, 2018

nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: nanonaturali…

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buggyreblogs:

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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

coolbugs: Bug of the Day Happy Belated 14th Bu…

coolbugs:

Bug of the Day

Happy Belated 14th Buggiversary to BotD! To celebrate, I’ll be spending tonight making up for the multiple missed posts this week :-). To start, here’s a nice Serene Underwing, Catocala serena. Never got a shot of the cool orange underwings, but I did get a neat shot of it sitting on the steel cage that holds the light.

congratulations! 

My Gift To You:

This Ilia Underwing (Catocala ilia)

and this Catocala agrippina

posted August 16, 2018 (photos from this past May & June)

Virginia Creeper Sphinx moths.

Virginia Creeper Sphinx moths.

Seen June 5 / Posted August 13, 2018

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire:

nanonaturalist:

brynna:

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

Shirt: 10/10 Comfy, fits, very cute

Moth: 9/10 Very cute, small eye spots, looks soft, docked one point for being a dirty interloper in my home

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My headless torso modeling a Gulf Fritillary flutterbutt + moth shirt

I love how LARGE the mothiness is

Unapologetically Pro-Moth

I approve

August 10, 2018

Hey friends, guess what?! Because my first fundraiser was successful, Bonfire removed the “minimum to print” requirement. Somebody here (thank you!) bought a shirt and it relaunched the campaign. Want to display your Moth Pride? You still can! Round two lasts until August 30, then the shirts will print and you’ll get them in September. I might be tempted to order one with long sleeves for the colder weather coming up :X

August 13, 2018

lesdeuxcygnes: bowelflies: completely illegal…

lesdeuxcygnes:

bowelflies:

completely illegal how dare u exist like this

@nanonaturalist do you recognise this tiny bab?

This bab, who is perfect in every way (except it is not in front of me so I cannot kiss), is a Slug Caterpillar. Aptly named! The family is Limacodidae. In North America, we have a handful of species, but in the tropics, there are many, many more. Many North American species have stinging spines, as this beautiful Spiny Oak Slug:

The little jelly button in the above post does not appear to be from North America, so it’s not in any of my books, but I think it may be Belippa sp.

Stole this photo from iNaturalist! This bab is from India. [link]

I have seen a couple adults, who are also tiny and precious.

Above: Yellow-shouldered (left) and Yellow-collared (right) slug moths

These are very good moths. Also, there are some butterflies with slug-like caterpillars. The hairstreaks, blues, and metalmarks (family Lycaenidae) are very similar to slug moths!

Above: a Henry’s Elfin caterpillar. I had NO IDEA what this thing was when I found it three years ago. Time flies!

August 13, 2018

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire

So many moths / So little time | Bonfire:

brynna:

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

Shirt: 10/10 Comfy, fits, very cute

Moth: 9/10 Very cute, small eye spots, looks soft, docked one point for being a dirty interloper in my home

image

My headless torso modeling a Gulf Fritillary flutterbutt + moth shirt

I love how LARGE the mothiness is

Unapologetically Pro-Moth

I approve

August 10, 2018

cheezgrub: nanonaturalist: viral-inflection: …

cheezgrub:

nanonaturalist:

viral-inflection:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

I got a ladder out at 1 am and climbed into a tree to get this fat sausage who keeps his arms completely retracted into his neck???

Vine Sphinx moth caterpillar
July 5, 2018 (3 am…)

image

I set up a nice viney enclosure for the fat sausage. You see the vine he’s on? He stripped it completely bare. When I came back to check on him later, he had managed to break the vine loose from the attachment (so fat!) and was just helplessly dangling on his barren vine.

I found more (different) caterpillars on some possum grape vines I intended to feed him, and found a BUNCH of eggs. My bet is they are more vine sphinx eggs. !!!

image

Above: the other babies (they look like grapeleaf skeletonizer moths, but there’s a second species that looks identical until adulthood)

image

Above: Vine Sphinx egg?!

July 6, 2018

Looks like my profile pic!

Hello @viral-inflection! Your profile pic is a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar! They are a type of silk moth (not closely related to sphinx moths), and they are also VERY large.

BEHOLD

This bab turns into:

A beautiful large boy 😭

August 8, 2018

I found a Polyphemus the other day!!!

They’re truly breathtaking!!!!

😭 I love him!!!