Friday, August 31, 2007
Creosote Bush Katydid - Insara covilleae
Identification: Pronotum is "saddle-shaped". Green or dark green with prominent white markings on the fore wings.
Range: Southern Nevada, deserts of southern California, across southern Arizona to the southwestern corner of New Mexico.
Food: Feeds on Creosote, Larrea tridentata.
IMO, this is one of the most beautiful Katydids in the USA that I've seen or heard of. So I had to make it Bug Of The Month! :)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
These moths are weird. What's up with the front legs and what purpose do they serve? I couldn't find anything on them except images and a site page in Japanese with photos. If I could translate it may be there could be some answers in there to my questions?
I'll get back to you on that. The moth in the photo is D. fasciatus.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Most anglewings look rust-orange as they flash by; the Satyr is golden. Its broods are not so strikingly different from each other as are those of the Question Mark and the Comma. The Satyr roughly replaces the Comma as the common anglewing of the West; it is not entirely clear just how the 2 species relate in eastern Canada. The Satyr Anglewing is not to be confused with the satyrs of the family Satyridae; fanciful lepidopterists dubbed them both satyrs because they inhabit woodland glades. Other mythological rustic deities are commemorated in this group of anglewings, including Faunus, Zephyr, and Oreas, as well as the nymphs, for whom the family Nymphalidae is named.
description 1 3/4-2" (44-51 mm). Wing margins ragged. Bright tawny-golden above with black blotches. HW above lacks strong dark margin, having only band of golden spots narrowly lined with brown. Beneath, male bright yellow-tan marked with tiny dots and striations; female brown, slightly violet-tinged, darker on basal half. Silver comma mark in HW below clubbed or hooked.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The orange-yellow moths have a wing span of 2.5 cm and a number of conspicuous black spots on the wings and body.
The eggs are small and are laid on the developing fruit or near the growing point. The entire larval stage is passed in the plant tissue. After about 3 weeks in summer larvae are mature, 2.5 cm long, greyish-green and tinged pink. They pupate on the outside of the fruit in shelters of webbed frass.
The life cycle from egg to adult takes 6 weeks in summer.
Yellow peach moth infests a number of other crops including citrus, cocoa, coconut, maize, mango, papaya, peach, pomegranate, sapodilla, sorghum, cotton, custard apple, lychee, macadamia, rambutan and durian.
I love the colors on this one! I found a whole bunch of moth and butterfly photos on Flickr and I'm researching all of my favorites and including the photos that I've come across ( 99% on Flickr ). YAY Lots more learning and work to do for me! Wheeeee! n_n
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The following information on this butterfly is finally here after what seemed like hours of searching for it:
Oleria paula is commonly known as the Thick-rimmed Clearwing Butterfly or the Glasswing Butterfly. It is in the order Lepidoptera, family Nymphalidae. The species is identified by a thick band of dark brown around the outside of the wings, a strong white medial bar on the tip of the wing, and the clear areas in the middle of the wings. This insect is fairly common and ranges from Mexico to Panama. The Glasswing butterfly has a wingspan of 56-58mm. The larvae eat the leaves of plants which include deadly nightshades, oleanders, and dogbane. From these poisonous food plants, the Glasswing larvae collect toxic alkaloids, which make them unpleasant for predators to eat.
The Glasswing butterflies have evolved large clear patches on their wings which help camouflage them while they are flying from one flower to another or while they are perched on a plant. Predators that are looking for lunch may not recognize the Glasswing as a butterfly because their transparent wings break up their outline. Glasswing butterflies feed on nectar from aster flowers. This particular flower is important to their reproduction because male Glasswings obtain a chemical from these flowers that they use in producing their pheromones, chemical scents they use to attract mates.
Ecologists use the presence of the Glasswing butterfly as an indication of high quality habitat, and its demise alerts them of ecological change. Since the international trade for butterflies is growing, Glasswing specimens are often taken from the wild, and they are also cultivated for sale on butterfly ranches. Such activities as logging, coal mining, farming with agrochemicals, and increased ranching greatly threaten Glasswing populations. The Glasswing butterflies are often viewed as delicate gems among nature.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Oh man! I finally found a decent amount of info on the life cycle of the Cicada Killer Wasp Sphecius speciosus. And of course it's via Bugguide. :) Not that I was looking for info I just stumbled upon it while browsing the wasp section of the site looking for an interesting looking wasps to write about on here.
Well any way here you go:
Life Cycle: In 2 or 3 days after the egg laying, a wasp larva will hatch from the egg. The larvae immediately begins eating the cicada. When the larva finishes the cicada, leaving only the outer shell ( about two weeks ), it will then spin a cocoon and hibernate until the following Spring.
In the Spring the larva will leave it's cocoon and become a pupa ( resting stage ). From the pupa an adult Cicada Killer will hatch. It will dig its way out of the ground and look for a mate. Male wasps die shortly after mating. Females die after they lay all of their eggs.
Food: Adults eat very little , nectar from flowers. Larvæ eat cicadas.
Monday, August 20, 2007
There you go! I can't believe it myself but it's true and amazing! I'm definitely going to look into this alot deeper.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
1 snout moth
1 small beetle
2 mating fire flies ( wish I had my camera )
2 cabbage whites
1 chafer beetle
1 long legged fly
1 green bottle fly
1 red spotted purple butterfly
1 deer fly
*1 spider with egg sac
* The spider was some sort of wolf spider or a fishing spider carrying her eggsac with her on the side of the pool. It was awesome to watch. I made sure that she was safe while she was going where she was going. Heh typical me. I can't stand to see insects or spiders suffer. :)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I love these spiders and I've seen this particular species alot at camp. They tend to vary in color and pattern but bugguide says different:
Females are mostly white or pale yellow mottled with black or brown. They have ten spines on the chunky abdomen. Size 8-10 mm.
Males are flat with an elongated yellowish or white abdomen. They lack all but one or two of the abdominal spines and are smaller then females averaging to 4.5mm in size.
The one in this photo is a perfect example of that. They say nothing about the color of the cephalothorax or the legs. But any way at least you know what they look like. The ones that I've seen at camp were black and had black abdomens or white on the top.
They belong to the family Uloboridae :)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Enjoy! I'll be looking for more info on these spiders as well as the Oplionidae. YAY! more research and learning for me! n_n
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
W00T! I've just hit the jack pot today and here's why:
All along I've known that daddy long legs weren't spiders but they were arachnids. So for quite a while I was wondering what were they then? And today I've found my answer via Arachnoboards > Google > Flickr Photo & comment! Daddy long legs belong to the family Opilionidae Or "False Spiders and I went searching for pics on Google and I've found some of the weirdest looking ones I've ever seen.
I hope that I see some of the weird ones in person someday. I'm really glad I found out about these because the post about these don't stop here. I reckon that they'll last a good while as I go chasing info on different species ( mainly the weird looking ones ) of opilionids. I'm so happy! Wheeeeeeeee! n_n Expect another post!
The one in the photo is one of the bizarre looking ones.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
ई देसिदेद तो राइट थिस एंट्री इन हिंदी इन्स्टाद ऑफ़ इंग्लिश। होप यू पीपुल व्हो कैन रीड इन हिंदी ऎन्जॉय थिस अलोत!
थे स्पिदेर शोवं बेलोव इस अ स्पेसिएस ऑफ़ थे गेनिउस Neosparassus sp. ओर थे हुन्त्स्मन स्पिदेर। थे स्पेसिएस शोवं अबोवे इस उनक्नोवं अप्परेंत्ल्य बेकाउसे थे सीते ठाट ई गोट थे पिक्चर फ्रॉम दिदं'त सय वहत स्पेसिएस इत वास।
Friday, August 10, 2007
Shield Bug शिएल्ड बग
Ground Beetle ग्रौंद बीतले
Snout Moth स्नौत मोठ
More will be posted soon as I think of more in the mean time here are some names of arachnids in Hindi:
मोरे विल बे पोस्तेद सून अस ई थिंक ऑफ़ मोरे इन थे मैं टिम हियर अरे सोम नामेस ऑफ़ अरच्निड्स इन हिंदी:
Whip Scorpion व्हिप स्कोर्पिओं
Pseudo scorpion प्सयूदो स्कोर्पिओं
And some other ones:
ऎंड सोम ओथेर ओंस:
Wood Louse वुड लौसे
Well there you go for now. I think I covered them as far as typical insects go and not the different species of one type if you know what I mean.
वेल्ल तेरे यू गो फ़ॉर नोव। ई थिंक ई कोवेरेड थेम अस फार अस टिपिकल इन्सेक्ट्स गो ऎंड नॉट थे दिफ्फेरेंत स्पेसिएस ऑफ़ वन टाईप इफ यू क्नोव वहत ई मैं।
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Lace Wing लेस विंग
I'll post more soon in the mean time enjoy! I love this feature now that I found out how it works.
ई विल पोस्ट मोरे सून इन थे मैं टिम ऎन्जॉय! ई लोवे थिस फौतुरे नोव ठाट ई फौंद आउट हाउ इत वोर्क्स.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I like this spider! I'm going to see if there's anything else on it since Bugguide only lists the classification. Expect an update if I find anything! =)
Edit: Apparently I'm having a problem uploading pics since every time I try I get an error message. I'm contacting Blogger about it. I'll hope they can fix it soon.
♥ Emerald Green
♥ A gray one
♥ A beige one
1 caddis fly
1 stone fly
1 snout moth
4 cabbage whites
2 snout moths
1 leaf footed bug nymph
1 red spotted purple butterfly
1 shiny metallic ground beetle
1 water strider ( at pool )
More coming soon!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Hopefully some of the bugs that went home with me ( note I did not put them in there ) start coming out when all my clothes are taken out of my luggage.....=) They did last year!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
In the mean time I wish all my readers well and feel free to comment and ask questions! Come on don't be shy! =)