Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Spectacular Spider Specimen

Just a couple of views of a really cool (and huge) spider that spun a web at the edge of our patio last night. It was very hard to take a picture of him as he was moving constantly.

I think I'm awed, fascinated, and a little grossed out, all at the same time.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Discouraging news about the silkworms

They were destined to have their lives cut short anyway, as food for the bearded dragons, but it looks like all those silkworms will not survive to see the end of this day, much less reaching their full, plump and juicy size. Don't know what is causing it, but they're all dying. I feel bad for them.

This nice little moth was on my front porch this morning.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Praying mantis

After finding all those praying mantids yesterday, I found this guy in my yard. I just love the mottled brown coloring.

I think I'm going to release most of the ones I brought home from the fair, except for one good-sized female. I like to have a couple females to keep for "show and tell" purposes because they are big and they won't fly away. The mantid in this photo is a male, though, so I'll leave him where I found him. The males can fly, so he will be free to find a mate for himself when the time comes.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The reptile show that turned into a bug safari

Today was the much anticipated IRBA reptile expo in Pomona. Normally their July show is in San Diego, and it's really big. I've never actually gone to that one, but I've been to their Pomona shows before, and they're pretty mediochre. I was hoping this show would have the size and selection of the San Diego show, conveniently located much closer to home. In reality, it was actually smaller than usual.

I was hoping to find another little yellow frog, but they didn't have any. I bought some live food for the lizards, and pellets, and this little nifty enclosure with the really silly name:

It's an Explorarium!
This is the small size, 12" x 18". They come in 2 bigger sizes.

It has a little velcro opening on top...

...and a bigger zipper door on the side.

And it's got bugs inside!! Well, I put them in there, of course. (I'll explain in a moment.)

I also got some silkworms. I'm going to fatten them up and feed them to the lizards.

Here they are injoying a spacious container and real mulberry leaves to eat.

They were in this little container eating "silkworm chow". It was yucky and gross.

It did have a nifty screen lid that I may be able to re-use for something. Or someone.

...But the really cool part of the show was after we left. On our way back to the parking lot, (and we were parked way far away) the planters in between the fairplex buildings were filled with good bugs! At first I was just collecting grasshoppers. I figured I would just stick them in my new Explorarium. But after the second grasshopper, I found a praying mantis, and then I was in major bug-hunting mode. I ended up with 8 of them!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

More arboretum

Robber Fly

There are lots of wasps patrolling the plants, looking for insects to feed to their babies.

Whitefly infestation, but it almost looks pretty at this stage.

Busy pollinator...

As opposed to these guys, who look like they're just hangin' out.

Gray bird grasshopper laying eggs in the sandy soil.

Detail of above photo

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Arboretum pictures

I find myself taking pictures of the same bugs over and over. Well, those are the bugs I'm finding, for the most part. But today, I went with the intention of finding at least one new thing for my photo collection.

Near the front entrance, but it feels like a world away.

Young green lynx female

I think this is a tiny male green lynx. He's a male of something. Look at those "boxing gloves," (his palps)

Here's something different. A tiny wasp.

Sparsely spotted.

A little bug in the middle of a big poppy. (Mmm...Why am I craving Cheetos right now?)

Another new one. An Acrea moth.
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