Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Out of Place

A few bugs found in odd or out-of-the-way places recently:

This female gray bird grasshopper has been roosting on this gatepost for at least 2 weeks.

This big spider spent a couple of precarious days too close to our garage-into-kitchen door.

This shot shows more clearly what a bad place this is for a spider to be. I was willing to leave him alone there, but later, while coming through from the other side of the door, I forgot he was there and accidently knocked him off the doorjamb. I decided to relocate him outside.

Young Monarch caterpillars on a feverfew plant.
As the arboretum milkweed supply continues to disappear, the hungry caterpillars are forced to abandon the barren stems and climb through all kinds of other flowers and plants in a search for more milkweed. I tried relocating some to the few plants that still have leaves. I gave some others to a willing local teacher who has plenty of milkweed. For what may be hundreds more, the pickings are getting mighty slim.

Monday, December 26, 2005

New for 2006

I spent today redecorating Bug Safari. I thought long and hard about the color scheme, and I like the way this looks, but I may still change it to something lighter for spring or summer.

Thanks to Squidfingers for the background pattern. He has a nice selection of patterns, and you can customize them in Photoshop.

I still have a new feature coming. I plan to debut it next week. I may even have some more bug pictures soon! Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mantid article in National Geographic Magazine

I just received my National Geographic magazine in the mail today, and was pleased to see an article about mantids. There was also this link with more photos, including a really neat shot of one hatching.

I haven't been able to go out bug-hunting lately, and with the cooler weather of a Southern California winter upon us, (yeah, you guys out in the midwest probably laugh at what we call winter here.) anyway, the bugs are not always as easy to find, and I haven't been making the time to go look for them. In the meantime, I am hoping to make some changes to this blog. I have an idea for a feature that I'm planning to debut after New Year's.

So, whatever you celebrate, have a good one. I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

High Density Caterpillars

The monarch larvae population is exploding at the arboretum! It seems almost every stem has a caterpillar on it. This stem had five.

In this view, I turned down the color on everything but the caterpillars, so (hopefully) they are easier to see. Can you find all 8?

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Busy Bees

While I was busy at the cactus and succulent show and sale, Jerry found some cactus flowers that were keeping the bees busy.

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