Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Butterfly? Nope this is a moth! When I found this browsing the web I couldn't believe my eyes! Looks like Spring Azure butterfly! Definitely going to look into these more. They're in the family Geometridae so that's a start.
Tell me what you think of it! I love it!
EDIT: Found this:
|Common Family:||Geometer moths|
|Food:||The larvae feed on alder, Juneberry, cherry, chokeberry, hawthorn, and poplar.|
|Emergance:||This is a day-flying moth and is sometimes mistaken for a butterfly.|
Sunday, December 23, 2007
My day was hectic because I wasn't feeling well and then to have all this other crap put on me doesn't help one bit.
Happy Holidays!!! And Happy New Year!!!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Beautiful butterfly. Unfortunately the only info I could find was in Japanese ( where I got the photo from ) and when I translated it online it came out as rubbish. You couldn't understand it. :(
If any ones knows any additional info please tell me and I'll put it here with credit to you. Thankies!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
"Green, with a yellow collar and brown lichen-like markings. Feeds on Zanthoxylum alatum." (Mackinnon quoted in Bingham.)
"Some pupae are coloured like rough bark, others are uniformly green." (Mackinnon quoted in Bingham.)
From Wikipedia here. More can be found at the site.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
ANT-LIKE CRAB SPIDER (Amyciaea lineatipes)
The abdomen imitates the head of the familiar "Kerengga" ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) with the two dark dots simulating the ant's eyes.
The cephalothorax is exaggeratedly arched, giving the impression that it is the abdomen of the ant.
The first two pairs of legs are often jerkily held up and down while the spider moves about in an advance-and-halt fashion.
It feeds on Kerengga ants at night. It remains stationary and waits in ambush for some unsuspecting ant to crawl by. On seeing an ant, it pounces on the ant. While holding the ant in its jaws and anchoring itself with a safety line of silk, it falls with the ant.
The silken safety line allows the spider to remain suspended in mid-air where the ant has no chance to mount a counter-attack. The ant soon ceases its futile struggle when the venom takes effect.
From this site. And photo from flickr.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Has 2 pics
And this is the name of it in Korean: 꼬리명주나비 And the info on it in Korean
|꼬리명주나비(Sericinus montela) 여름형 암컷 - Sericin Swallowtail Butterfly |
꼬리명주나비 - Sericinus montela (Gray, 1852) - Sericin Swallow-tail Butterfly
I translated it and using a translator....does not make any sense so it's not worth posting. It's a pretty butterfly. I'll look for info in English. I had no idea that the info on the site would be in Korean sorry about that.
If you can translate it that would be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I absolutely love these grasshoppers! Yes this is a grasshopper. The photo posted is also featured in one of the books I'm reading and on this site which is in French and it shows pictures of other species of Apioscelis.
I think that they're adorable! Don't you?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
See this? This is the beetle that I saw at camp this year that's be bugging me ever since I left. And I finally found out what kind of beetle it is via 2 sources blessed by God:
❀ The book I got for my birthday this year
❀ The internet/Bugguide.
And it's Colliuris Pensylvanica. Long-necked Ground beetle. :) And no they're not that big! They tiny! I will search for decent info on the life cycle and what ever else I can find and update this post.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We need more of it in this world......
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
A rare and very seriously threatened species. As is usually the case, habitat destruction is forever responsible for the decline of a rare species. I found it flying in an idyllic spot above Lake Como in 1997 in mid July. I revisited in the early season of 2003 when it was well out on mid summer's day, and probably had been flying for some weeks. I've heard reports that it is found further east on the southern slopes of the Alps, fairly widespread but always extremely local on limestone grasslands.
It flies low in the characteristic manner of the Coenonympha (Heaths) but is very plainly darker. It does not bask with wings open so I was very lucky to find this specimen flexing its wings in the shade of a tree trunk in extremely high temperatures. It can be seen to completely lack the more normal orange of the Coenonympha on the upperside. The bright underside eyespots are also diagnostic. Only the equally rare Coenonympha hero resembles this insect.Photo and info from http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_pages/oedippus.htm
Thursday, November 08, 2007
This is really interesting because last night I watching Nature and they were mentioning invasive species and other animals to control them. And they mentioned an insect that I've never heard of before The Hyacinth Weevil. They explained that these insects were needed to bring down the Water Hyacinth because they were so numerous.
This took place in Lake Victoria. The Water Hyacinth was taking up so much space and the people that live in that area couldn't get food because they were every where. But when the weevil was introduced the plants started decline until there were no more.
I was searching for info on the beetle and that's how I came across the Water Hyacinth Moth. I don't know if the life cycle is similar to that of the weevil but to think that the beetles emerge out of the water is amazing. I found a site that mentions both the moth and the weevil.
The picture above show 2 different species of Water Hyacinth weevils Neochetina eichhorniae and N. bruchi. Got them from the site provided.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
I wouldn't be posting this if it weren't true. I came across 2 pictures of White Monarch Butterflies! I know it's amazing and what's eve more amazing is the fact that the pupae of some Monarch butterflies come in the color Orange! I'm stunned with amazement and excitement.
There's a PDF that mentions the orange pupae and it also mentions the white monarchs too. It's featured on this site and it's the 1999 issue and it's on pages 50-53. I still can't believe it.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I've decided to this one early. So any it's the Chinese Peacock Swallow Tail Papilio bianor It's a beautiful butterfly. I found a site with all kinds of tropical butterflies. Alot of Swallow tails that I've never even heard of. Of course they're 700 species of Papilionidae so I'm not going to know or see every single one.
But to find so many beautiful ones that I've never heard of or see is a jack pot to me. This beauty for some reason seems to fit the month though.
They also have a number of subspecies too according to Wikipedia. Linky!
I'll post more pics later. They're really pretty. There's also a Filipino Peacock and another one that I can't remember the name of but I'll definitely do something on those too. :)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Bet you're wondering what happened to me. I've been really really busy lately and also I haven't been feeling to good. So that's why I haven't posted in a few days. So if you don't see any posts in a while it's due to the problems I've been having.
Wishing every one a Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 29, 2007
A cute adorable wasp.
USA: WA, OR, ID, WY, CO, UT, NV, CA, and AZ.
Mexico: Baja California Norte
Adults may take nectar from various plants, but females provision their offspring with a mixture of Phacelia nectar and Phacelia pollen.
Info and photo from Bugguide. Enjoy!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Another beautiful dragonfly. I originally was looking up R. fenestrina and came across this one. And this is what a few sites had to say on this species and any subspecies:
"It is a slow flier and hence less trickier to follow and take pictures! The variegations come in different combinations."
- Dave's Garden
"A beautiful dragonfly, looks like a butterfly. It is called 'Onathumbi' in Kerala India."
- Tarique Sani.net
And pictured here are 2 of the variations.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Another beautiful dragonfly indeed. Especially the males. Got the photo and the following info from Chin's Nature Corner:
"Trithemis aurora: Is a beautiful dragonfly of medium size with a pink body and deep red veins."
- Chin's Nature Corner
The one pictured here is a male. And this is another reason why pink is one of my favorite colors. ♥
Disclaimer: The photo doesn't belong to me. I didn't take it. All credit goes to Chin's Nature Corner.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
They're so pretty! They're some of the prettiest dragonflies I've laid my eyes on. The one pictured is Neurothemis tullia and Wikipedia says:
"The Pied Paddy Skimmer ( Neurothemis tullia ) is a species of dragonfly found in South India. It is fairly common, with a black body and black and white wings with transparent tips."
Seriously I want to know more but there doesn't seem to be much on them. Another one that I like is Neurothemis ramburi which is similar to N. terminata. Another beautiful dragonfly. And luckily there's some decent info on N. fluctuans too which I'm happy about:
Hee hee hee! n_n It has a nice picture of the male too. And then there's one more that I know about which I'm going to see if there's any info on them or pics and get back to you. In the mean time enjoy them.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
...They're fuzzy.......they're cute......but what ever you do don't handle them! And this is why:
Very dangerous. Seek medical advice immediately. The venom from the spines must be treated within hours of first contact.
And the rest can be seen here along with photos and additional info. I'm telling you do not want to mess with these things.
Also Bugguide has a nice page on 2 species in the genius Megalopyge. Go a hunting and learn even more about these little devils. >:)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I'm not joking on this one either. I found out about via Arachnoboards and I was posting in the Centipedes and Millipedes section and that's when I came across the topic about them containing the PDF and photos.
The PDF list other species in the genius Desmoxytes as well. So I'm going to look those up too in the mean time enjoy the PDF which has alot of info in it.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
What can I do to tell them apart without hurting them in any way? I was thinking of marking each shell with a different color mark with a permanent marker but I don't know if that would harm them in anyway and I don't want to risk it.
Any one have any suggestions?
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen I present the edible stink bug Encosternum delegorguei! Don't believe me? Click here and see for yourselves! Now please excuse me while I go puke.
Next: The "Mopane Worm". Yes this is edible too and is featured on the same site as the edible stink bug. If you have an uneasy stomach I would highly suggest that you stay far away from this post in particular......
.....it's for your own good.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Warning this post is completely off topic.......
Ok so I finally found out what my mystery plant is! It's poke weed and just as I had suspected it's poisonous......fatally poisonous.....I wasn't expecting it to kill you though. God bless Wikipeidia! I couldn't live without it really.
Although it isn't always reliable it is helpful most of the time. It's helped me answer alot of my questions about what ever mystery thing I've come across.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Nor do I know what kind they are. Oh yeah and they're snails in there too! O_O WTH is going on with my beloved Carolina Science? I know that they sent these by mistake I was just looking forward to hermit crabs full grown decent sized know what to do with hermit crabs.
All I know about these is that the thrive in water....lots of water.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
And the new pebbles are sooooo pretty! I also have a water dish and a plastic tree and a rock that I had since 1998 when I had my first hermit crab. That rock means the world to me because it has so much history behind it. Plus all the hermit crabs that I've had over the years crawled on it, pooped on it, moved it around, and sat on it.
So practically they're memories written all over it. My mom washed it of course. And the names of the 2 books that I got are:
❀ Peterson's Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies
❀ Peterson's Field Guide to Insects
And I have 1 more left that my mom will get for me. ♥
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Size: Wingspan 32-43 mm
Identification: Wings are usually unmarked and gray. The abdomen is yellow with black spots.
Range: Easter half of the US plus Quebec and Ontario.
Habitat: Fields and edges with host plant ( milkweed ).
Life Cycle: Larvæ feed on milkweed ( Asclepias sp. ). Adults are sometimes found on the host plant during the day. Females lay eggs in "rafts" and the caterpillars are gregarious during instars 1-3. They become solitary in later instars when marked with bright tufts.
May defoliate milkweed. But at least they're not pest right? ;)
Monday, October 01, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Isn't that wonderful? I know. I'm extremely happy. Any way just wanted you to know. I also saw alot of bees and on huge Hover Fly of some sort along with a cricket and a cute spider.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Aaaaaaah one of my favorite beetles in the tribe Cassidini ( Tortoise Beetles ) and IMO are soooooo cute! I'm going to do more on these in the following days. They're adorable! The one shown here is the Mottled Tortoise Beetle ( Deloyala guttata ).
And now the info from Bugguide:
Size: About 5 mm.
Adult: Broadly oval shaped. The margins of the pronotum and eytra clear or golden. The elytra usually mottled black and yellow but variable. Some specimens being completely orangish-yellow.
Larva: Dull green, blush along the back covered with broad branching masses of *excrement.
* They do this to hide from potential predators. It makes them look like nothing of interest to any would be predators and who would want to eat something that doesn't look like anything you'd see everyday?
All the rest can be found on Bugguide including this photo and tons of other ones.
Disclaimer: I didn't take this photo and I'm in no way associated with it or the person who took it.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Just found these right now prior to posting the Bug Of The Month and I think that they're adorable! Don't you? I'll go a hunting for info on this species tomorrow. It's late and I should get to bed. The species is Physonota alutacea.
Last Updated On: September 28th
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
One of the most variable and beautiful stink bugs that live in the USA that I've seen. I really would like to see one in person someday. Bugguide has info on them here.
Florida Predatory Stink Bug - Euthyrhynchus floridanus
This species is also featured on Bugguide. So go check it out.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Both the nymphs and the adults of this species are beautifully marked IMO. See for yourself! I'm not going to lie to you. n_n All photos go to Bugguide and the people who shot the bugs. Hopefully one of these days I'll get a decent camera and get some decent photos up.
Someday.....I just hope it's soon. Any way enjoy yourselves! Learn something new!
Monday, September 24, 2007
It's from Ecuador. Unfortunately there isn't any info on them or that many pics for that matter. There's only 1 and thankfully it's a good one as you can see. I'll keep looking for info though. I hope I get lucky. What I do know is that it's a Skipper butterfly.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
So you'll be seeing post about these insects with info and photos of them soon ( I hope that they have decent photos and info on all of them )!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Pics of the beautiful Neurobasis chinensis which is mentioned in Dragonflies Of The World. More Damselflies to come! Tell me what you think! And if you're wondering where the fore wings are they're there they're just see through.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
These 2 damselflies are the some of the prettiest I've seen. One is mentioned in Dragonflies Of The World ( I have it ) and the other one I found while web surfing different Odonata. But I think that they're beautiful. What do you think? Which is your favorite?
I also just found out that there's a a yellow spotted ladybug like beetle in the house and I hope I see it again. I think it's a Spotted Cucumber beetle but I'm not sure. It's about the size of my pinkie nail.