Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The stinging nettle has started to come back from the dead.
I'm guessing this is a tiny Red Admiral caterpillar.
Oh, and no tadpoles yet.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
But seriously, (as if I can take these plastic bugs seriously,) when I got home, I looked up David Kirk, whose name was featured on the labels of some of these items. It turns out, he is the creator of the wildly popular Miss Spider series of childrens books. And Miss Spider has had a spinoff (pun intended!) called Sunny Patch, which includes a bunch more books, a TV show, DVD, and lotsa cute products, in addition to the stuff above.
And even though they're made of plastic and obviously riding a wave of marketing glory, they are still undeniably cute. And they're bugs. So there.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Spotlight on another exotic species. Cilnia humeralis.
Here is a thread from the Mantid Forum with lots of pictures of this mantid. The females are really "chunky", and they remind me of a primitive sculpture, such as the Venus of Willendorf, especially when they are gravid.
And here's a really striking photo by Lysmenia on Flickr.
I have never seen this species in person. I only "discovered" it recently, online.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Sphinx moth as seen from inside.
Same moth viewed from outside.
There was also this really big ant. At least I think it's an ant. Our usual ants are the tiny Argentine ants, which are no bigger end to end than just the thorax of this one.
It's been 24 hours since I saw and photographed these bugs, and they're still there, resting on my front door.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I dragged myself out of the pre-Superbowl doldrums on this warm afternoon to stop by the arboretum and check on the monarch caterpillar who had grown up inside this wire cage. He was gone.
I checked all the plants that surrounded the cage, but I didn't see him. I did find an overwintered male gray bird grasshopper, and a brown monarch chrysalis that looked dead. (Probably not "Elvis").
OK. Back to the Superbowl. Gotta watch those commercials, you know.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
He he! Looks like he's waving. And get a load of those nostrils!
The other tank had a chameleon in it. I was captivated by the turtle, and then I got to talking to the girl at the desk and I ended up forgetting to take a picture of the chameleon. Hopefully I'll remember in 3 weeks when Boomie goes back for his next shot.