Friday, June 22, 2012

Like chicken

My bug pictures these days have sort of been like trying to make yet another chicken recipe. It might taste OK, but it's still chicken, and how many times a week do we want to eat it? So what follows are shots of bugs I've shot before, and will probably shoot again. I've tried to make them look interesting, including the use of some Picasa filters. Like my chicken recipes, some are better than others, but it's what I am bringing to the table today.

Green lynx spider
A young Green Lynx spider

Gray Bird nymph
A little green grasshopper

green summer mantid nymph
A little mantid trying to pretend he's invisible.

"A lotta" Bagrada
The Bagradas are back. I didn't see any last year. Well, not here, anyway. I think I saw some in the desert last year.

Bagrada hilaris

Blue-green sharpshooter
Blue-green sharpshooter

sharpshooter hangout

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetles
Eucalyptus leaf beetles mating. Their shells were so pretty. They looked like glazed ceramic.

Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle
Caught this one laying eggs. That was pretty cool.

I wish I could go somewhere new and find some bugs I haven't seen before, but I don't know when that's going to happen. So until then, it will probably be "chicken again" for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bug Mug

Bug Mug
Look what I found at the Goodwill store today. A Bug Mug!

Bug Mug
It even says Bug Mug on the inside of the mug.

Bug Mug
And all around the outside are a variety of cute (if not anatomically correct) bugs.

Bug Mug
The little ladybug is the only part that's colored. And it's raised. And it's chipped. Not that a little chip would stop me from buying it... but I didn't buy it! Why not? Because I'm so damn cheap, for one thing. Why pay 2 bucks for it when I could be happy with a photo of it? Besides, we had sooo many mugs we never used, and I just got rid of a bunch of them when we remodeled. Do I want to start collecting more mugs already?

Well, there's a chance that it may be 50% off on Friday. So I might go back and check on it then. Because it's a Bug Mug!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You win a few, you loose a few

Remember those Mourning Cloak eggs I blogged about earlier this spring? Know what happened to them? Nothing. They never hatched. They just shriveled up. That was a bummer.

Mourning Cloak butterfly eggs
But just today, I saw another Mourning Cloak laying eggs in my Chinese Elm tree. This time, I'm going to just leave them in the tree and hope for the best.

Last month, I found a cute little baby angle-winged katydid. (Microcentrum sp.)
first instar katydid
I had never seen one so tiny. I decided I would try to raise it, but after about a week, it escaped. (actually, I forgot to close his container, dang it!)

4 on a leaf
I do have lots of Mediterranean katydid nymphs. (Phaneroptera nana). Here are 4 of them on one leaf.

Contemplating leaving the nest...
My family of bluebirds grew up and left the nest. I think this guy was the last one to leave.

bluebird fledglings
For a few days after they fledged, they would fly around the immediate neighborhood, with the parents still feeding them, and they would come back to my Chinese Elm tree for the night. But I haven't seen them for about a week.

All the little praying mantids that I was seeing in my yard are gone, too. Maybe the birds ate them, maybe some of them ate each other, I don't know. But they're gone.

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