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“Missing You” Hierodula patellifera (Asian green mantis) adult female. Oh how I miss my Indira.

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Check out this CRAZY SLIME MOLD that randomly popped up in my yard!!! I am so blessed!

October 9, 2018

Slime is out, Mold is in

Here’s what it looks like less than 24 hours later! I think this may be Dog Vomit Slime Mold but I’m not sure

October 10, 2018

Check out this CRAZY SLIME MOLD that randomly …

Check out this CRAZY SLIME MOLD that randomly popped up in my yard!!! I am so blessed!

October 9, 2018

Bees of Alberta AKA “Calgar-bees”

Bees of Alberta AKA “Calgar-bees”

So I FINALLY caught up to my one-day work trip to exotic Calgary this summer, where I was stunned and astonished by HOW MANY dragonflies and bees I saw. Got the trip to the botanical garden uploaded to iNat, and every single bee species I saw was a new one to me. All seven species are represented above!

1. Great Basin Bumble Bee, Bombus centralis
2. Perplexing Bumble Bee, Bombus perplexus
3. Orange-legged Furrow Bee, Halictus rubicundus
4. Hunt’s Bumble Bee, Bombus huntii
5. European Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum
6. Cryptic Bumble Bee, Bombus cryptarum
7. Nevada Bumble Bee, Bombus nevadensis

Seen July 25 at Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Calgary, AB
Posted October 8, 2018

“Édith” Sphodromantis gastrica (Af…

“Édith” Sphodromantis gastrica (African mantis) female. She eat-ith the bugs. 🐛
#sphrodromatisgastrica #sphrodromantis #commongreenmantis #africanmantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #invertebrate #insect #science #entomology #exotic #pets #photography #mantismonarch #edithpiaf
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“I’m sorry, did you want a bite?&r…

“I’m sorry, did you want a bite?” Idolomantis diabolica (devil’s flower mantis) adult male. #idolomantisdiabolica #idolo #devilsflowermantis #mantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #invertebrates #alien #dragon #unusualpets #nature #wildlife #animals #invertebrate #insect #science #entomology #exotic #pets #photography #mantismonarch #tbt #throwback #flashback
https://www.instagram.com/p/BohbQnfARhg/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=5hn8bs435wf5

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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

“Posted on the Wall” Sphodromantis…

“Posted on the Wall”
Sphodromantis gastrica (African mantis) female.
#sphrodromatisgastrica #sphrodromantis #commongreenmantis #africanmantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #invertebrate #insect #science #entomology #exotic #pets #photography #mantismonarch #flippedforyourviewingpleasure
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoUxzT_AiFZ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1fch6z3iopgrf

Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) L3 male n…

Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) L3 male nymph. Some are available for sale. Get them before they dissappear. As always, thank you for your continued support. #phyllocraniaparadoxa #ghost #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #invertebrate #insect #science #entomology #photography #tiny #unique #exotic #pet #mantismonarch #cryptic #galaxyeyes
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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