Category: moths

caterpillar-gifs:

Imperial moth caterpillar, now 4th instar! One more molt to go before pupation!

October 20, 2019

Still alive, still unemployed, still raising giant chonking caterpillars. Got 40 of these spiny sausages.

Save me

Also, hire me dammit

October 21, 2019

Glumshoe my Polyphemus silk moth jk just emerged and it's September! Should I release her now?

Oh hmmm… did you keep her indoors/near incandescent light? If they get too much unnatural light cycle, they’ll eclose from their cocoons early and not overwinter. I’m not sure where you live, but here it’s too late in the season for a new generation. You might have some luck keeping her in a wide-meshed enclosure outside at night, where any male moths still hanging around might find her… but I’m concerned that even if she laid eggs, there won’t be leaves on the trees long enough for the larvae to grow to pupation and overwinter.

So. Up to you. If you want to try for the slim chance of another generation, go for it… or release her and she may either get lucky on her own or serve as a meal for a hungry owl or bat or something.

A few years ago my mother tried raising luna moths but didn’t know about the light and temperature cycle, so she kept their cocoons indoors over the winter where they stayed warm and were exposed to incandescent light. They ended up eclosing just before Christmas—there was nowhere for them to go, so we just had ~20 giant green moths fluttering around loose inside our house for a week before they died.

glumshoe:

poor-boy-orpheus:

Out of curiosity, reblog this and say in the tags what post/event got you the most followers

I found some rocks in the woods and people seemed to like that.

I don’t know if it was moths or bees, but one (or both) of those.

vampiremasochist:

My larvae are dummy thicc and the clap of their poo falling on plastic keeps alerting the dog

The Polyphemus poo falling sounded like a soothing hailstorm (I had a lot of them)

August 30, 2019

dis-connectfic:

Encountered a squishy accordion boi that stretched out long when I took a pic while walking home today. @nanonaturalist what is this? D:

Polyphemus moth!

I love them!

August 28, 2019

I’m a finalist in a photography contest (???) with these two babes, winners will be in a calendar, and it’s making me think maybe I should make a caterpillar calendar of my own anyway.

Top: Vine Sphinx
Bottom: Tiger moth (unknown species)

August 15, 2019

nanonaturalist:

Every time I mow the lawn I end up bothering somebody.

White-lined sphinx moth. They feed on nectar through a long proboscis while flying and hover in place like hummingbirds.

March 13, 2017. Been spring here for months already.

This was one of my first sphinx moths! And definitely not the last thing I scared out of the yard while mowing. In fact, while mowing recently, I scared up this poor baby:

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Gulf Coast Toad. I had to chase the poor thing into the neighbor’s driveway to be able to relocate him somewhere more comfortable (a nice shaded area under my flower bushes with lots of leaves hiding tasty bugs to eat).

Reposted July 14, 2019

bugkeeping:

nanonaturalist:

bowelflies:

nanonaturalist:

tarantulajelly:

This Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutator) bit the daylights out of me (he was fast, I had to hamfist catching him) and then made me smell like hot diarrhea for the rest of the trail.  I’ve washed my hands five times since being home.  I may never not smell like diarrhea again.  10/10 would touch again.

Time to change your username from tarantulajelly to beetlejuice?

Don’t they leave the best gifts?

July 12, 2019

thank you fro reminding me of the time i got blessed by a tropical millipede

There was that one time I was baptized by an Io moth

I had a Polyphemus moth at an outreach event, and I let her hang out on me because she was so chill, but as it warmed up and the event was ending, she decided she wanted to be free, so she vibrated, peed on my neck (as in, the above), and flew off. Beautiful.

July 12, 2019

once time,

april of this year way back when, i wasn’t aware this species (Fiery Searcher,

Calosoma scrutator) used chemical defenses and my monkey brain said “ooga booga touch that cool shiny bug” and I did. and I happened to have my face very close to it. and it sprayed its Nasty Smelling Chemical Cocktail into my eye

it hurt!

NOOO!!!!!!

That’s worse than me accidentally getting rancid stick insect poop water in my mouth after cleaning their tank (ugh).

I get those kamikaze eye gnats (they specifically fly into your eyeballs) with such frequency that I have to bring saline and an eyewash cup with me when I go hiking/mothing at night. Sometimes I’ll wear my nethat, but when I was in Malawi, the gnats were so small, they could get through the holes in the netting. It was… special.

July 12, 2019

bowelflies:

nanonaturalist:

tarantulajelly:

This Fiery Searcher Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutator) bit the daylights out of me (he was fast, I had to hamfist catching him) and then made me smell like hot diarrhea for the rest of the trail.  I’ve washed my hands five times since being home.  I may never not smell like diarrhea again.  10/10 would touch again.

Time to change your username from tarantulajelly to beetlejuice?

Don’t they leave the best gifts?

July 12, 2019

thank you fro reminding me of the time i got blessed by a tropical millipede

There was that one time I was baptized by an Io moth

I had a Polyphemus moth at an outreach event, and I let her hang out on me because she was so chill, but as it warmed up and the event was ending, she decided she wanted to be free, so she vibrated, peed on my neck (as in, the above), and flew off. Beautiful.

July 12, 2019

bowelfly:

@gachimushi found this extremely good two-inchworm in our garden tonight.

CHUNKY BOY

July 9, 2019