Saturday, February 28, 2009

Broken twig porch moth

Because that's what I thought it was at first. A little piece of broken twig lying on the threshold of my front door.

It had bark on the outside, and you could see the wood in the jagged, broken part.


But if you look carefully, you can also see legs.



And a cute little face.

Here's the BugGuide page I made for it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles

I checked a likely-looking Eucalyptus tree with some fresh new growth and found some beetles and small larvae.





These cute little brown beetles do a lot of damage.



Some tiny beetle larvae.

I'm not sure what this is on the beetle eggs. I will try to investigate further.

You can see my older Eucalyptus beetle posts here.

Yellow sulphur caterpillars

A couple of moms with their little kids arrived at the arboretum too late on Sunday and missed the worm class. I offered to take them on a mini bug safari, and we found a senna plant filled with bright yellow caterpillars.


























Green porch moth


This beautiful little moth on my porch this morning was about the same size, but much greener than the one I found in 2007.

Earthworms with a side of Pseudoscorpion


Our "worms" class at the arboretum went very well. Lots of people are interested in vermicomposting. The kids just like worms because they're cool. But I saw something in the worm bedding I'd never seen before.


A tiny pseudoscorpion!



It was hard to photograph it because it was so tiny.






So you can better appreciate how miniscule this critter was, here it is posing next to a grain of rice.
More pictures and information on Bugguide.



Recent monarch favorites








Fly with prey


This small fly was outside my car window, and it was eating another fly (or maybe it was a little treehopper).

Some rainy day leftovers

From last week when it was wet outside:


a pale slug.





A bluish snail.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Aquatic snail's moving mouthparts



I'm not seeing much of my tadpole, but this aquatic snail seems to be making regular passes around the tank, munching on the algae as it goes. I thought the mouth (radula) looked funny as it worked its way along the glass.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Links to Vermicomposting

Thinking about worms this evening. I put little air holes in 50 containers so the kids can fill them with shredded newspaper, leaves, soil and a few veggie peels at the arboretum this weekend, and take home their own worm.

And I found a couple of good links on the subject.

Start your own worm composting bin.

Get a worm bin.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

In between the storms

Haven't felt like blogging too much lately. Nothing really new and exciting in my little world of bugs. But in between all the bad weather, I do poke around just to see what's in my yard.


Monarch babies surviving the rain and chilly temps.



This little bit of curbing next to my milkweed plant is sprinkled with lentil-sized snails.

Up close, they look like cinnamon rolls.



I try to rescue earthworms that come out of the soggy ground only to get stranded on the dry patio.




I have this big jar half filled with compost, and I toss the worms in there. When the rain stops, I'll find a good place to dump the jar out.


My one lonely tadpole has been slowly growing. I was reluctant to bring him to Mrs. W's class, because I didn't know if he would live. He seems to be doing OK, but definitely not growing as fast as they normally do. He spends most of the time hiding, so when I saw him right up front, I had to take his picture.



The snails and salamanders have the run of the place when the weather is like this. I watched this attractive slug for awhile on my patio wall.



Till he made his way back down to the ground.


He he! Funny salamander face! Don't worry, I was holding him gently.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Centipede


I went for a walk on a local trail, hoping to find more tadpoles or eggs in the creek. I didn't see any, but I did find this cute little centipede under a rotting log.

Bug-filled Superbowl commercial

Coca Cola: Bugs Life

Credits
The Coca Cola Heist spot was developed as part of the Open Happiness campaign at Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, by creative directors Hal Curtis and Sheena Brady, art director James Moslander and Lee Jenings, copywriter Marc D’Avignon, senior agency producer Matt Hunnicutt.

Filming and animation was directed by Psyop by creative directors Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick, director of photography Stephen Blackman, executive producer Neysa Horsburgh, live action producer Michael Schlenker, VFX Supervisor/CG lead artist Andrew Romatz, VFX supervisor/lead Flame artist Thibault Debaveye, 2D supervisor Lane Jolly, animation lead John Velazquez, editor Brett Nicoletti, VFX producer Tina Chiang.

Fluid simulation was done at Scanline VFX.

Music and sound were designed at Stimmung, and mixed at Lime Studios.

Music from Peter and the Wolf was conducted by Robert Miller and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Pre-Visualization: Mike Makara , Todd Constantine, Sarah Bocket, John Cherniack, Jan Bitzer
Senior Animator: Yvain Gnabro
Animators: Alejandro Castro, Joon Lee, Frantz Vidal, Maxime Devanlay, Zee Myers
FX: Jan Bitzer, Kiel Gnebba,
Flame Artist: Alex Kolasinski
Compositors: Jared Sandrew, Michael Dobbs, Miguel Bautista
Senior Lighter: Kyle Cassidy
Lighter/Look Development: Katie Yoon, Wendy Klein
Lighters: Ian Ruhfass, Barry Kriegshauser
Modelers: Clay Osmus, Andy Kim
Modeling/Generalist: Bryan Repka
Rigger/Generalist: Petrik Watson
Riggers: Sean Comer, James Parks, David Bosker
Roto/Paint Artists: Krystal Chinn, Austin Brown, Scott Baxter

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