Monday, April 30, 2007

Australian Tiger Moths #2

Ceryx sphenodes: The adult of this species is black with transparent "windows" in the wings and has a black and yellow abdomen. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings. The adult moths of the species in the genius Ceryx are similar to those of the closely related Amata but the hind wings lack some of the veins present in the hindwings of Amata species, such as Amata nigriceps.

And that's all I could find about this moth. The info came from here.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bizarre Looper Moths

Yes this is what they're called. 2 species are found in Australia Anisozyga metaspila and A. pieroides. Info can be found at:

The caterpillar in the photo is of A. metaspila.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Australian Tiger Moths

Orange Spotted Tiger Moth ( Amata annulata ): This moth is common in the Brisbane bush. You can easily find them resting or flying openly in the Eucalyptus forest. Thier wings are black with yellow-orange spots. It has black and yellow band on its body. The caterpillar is black in color and covered with brown hairs. Photo and info taken from:

Friday, April 27, 2007


I'm in love oooooooooooooh look at it! It's adorable! It's some sort of Arctiidae caterpillar and I wanna know more about it so if any one knows please tell me! Thank you!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tropical Swallowtails

Here is some stuff I found on some swallowtail butterflies.

Fluminense Swallowtail ( Parides ascanius ) :

Go here

Hahnels Amazonian Swallowtail ( Parides hahneli ) :

Go here

There are more but the URL's are too long to go here to see the rest of them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Interesting article on spiders#2

Never thought I'd be typing another one of these in a while. My mom gave me a news paper article on spiders today. It was interesting. I'll see if I can scan it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mystery Butterfly

I have another mystery butterfly. The site I got the picture from said the butterfly was Graphium doson. So when I looked it up on the Google Images Search I found a completely different looking butterfly!!!!!! So I know this butterfly isn't a Emerald Swallowtail, and I know it's none of the Graphium species. So what is it? Can any one tell me?

Monday, April 23, 2007

I Love Tiger Moths

Arctiidae is one of my favorite moth families because the caterpillars are soooooooooo cute and fuzzy and the adult moths are soooooo colorful. I just found out about Gnophaela sp. "Police Car Moths" strange name I know and they're so pretty looking. The one shown here is G. vermiculata.

Photo from

Saturday, April 21, 2007

100th Post!

So why not celebrate it with.....MILLIPEDES AND CENTIPEDES! The word 'centipede' means "100 legs" which is strange because centipedes don't have 100 legs. They have around 30-50. And the word 'millipede' means "1000 legs" but millipedes don't have 1000 legs either. They have around 75 pairs. But some species have 100 or more!

The pics show a centipede ( bottom ) and a millipede ( top ) Not sure on the species though.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Ok so now you know approximately how many beetles are out there. But here's the thing, new ones are being discovered every day. Right now as we speak insects and spiders that have never been seen/ID'd are being seen/ID'd right now.... So any way I'll think I'll do some research on somethings and get back to this post.

For now see ya!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


It's about time that I do something about the biggest insect order there is: Coleoptera - Beetles. They're are over 350,000 species of beetles worldwide and they're every where! They come in all sizes and colors and shapes. Some are helpful to mankind some are not. And I love them! And here are some photos of them.

Note: That these aren't my photos they're just part of my collection of photos of insects and spiders the I found online.

Pretty right? More later!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pretty Moth #2

One of the many Lichen moths! This is one of the most prettiest ones I've seen!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Clearwing moth Caterpillars

I found a picture guide on the life cycle of the snowberry clearwing moth here.

Friday, April 13, 2007


One of my beloved hermit crabs passed....I love you


Summer of 2006- 04-10-07.....

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Clear Wing Moths

I love these! These are the moths that that mimic bees and wasp. The one shown here is a Snowberry clearwing ( Hemaris diffinis ). Photo from

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Clear Wing Moths

Another Clearwing moth. Alcathoe caudata Clematis Clearwing moth. Photo from bugguide.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007



Sorry about that but it's true. I might post tomorrow but I don't know. I really feel terrible because of last night and all the worrying/crying I did I'll explain when I'm feeling better.

Sunday, April 08, 2007



Saturday, April 07, 2007

Beautiful Horse Fly

Yes this is a horse fly. Golden eye white body and seethrough wings. Sounds like a fantasy right? Wrong! It's real! The photo is on Bugguide. To find it ( because I don't feel like typing another link right now ) just type in the search engine "White Horse Fly" and tada there you go!

And this still least it looks good doing it! LOL!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Faithful Beauty Moth Info

Common Names:

Faithful Beauty Moth, Uncle Sam Moth

Latin Name:

Composia fidelissima


There are three other species of Composia but only C. fidelissima occurs in the U.S. ( I will find out about the rest trust me! ^^ )


Wingspan 4.8-6.4 cm


Distinctive day-flying moth found in South Florida.


Tropical hardwood thickets ( hammocks )


All year


Adults take nectar, Larval host:

Devil's Potato ( Echites umbellata )

Oleander ( Nerium oleander )

Leafless Swallowwart ( Cynanchum scoparium )

Baybean ( Canavalia rosea )

Info taken from

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Beautiful Moth

Faithful Beauty Moth

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Wasp Or Moth?#3

Now this is a wasp! Compare the 2 images in yesterday's post and todays post.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wasp Or Moth? #2

You -> OMG! That's HUGE wasp get it away from me!

Me -> Ha ha ha ha! That's a moth! A Texas Wasp Moth ( Horama panthalon texana )!

You -> You sure? That looks like a freaking wasp to me!

Me - > Yeah, wasp have jointed anntena while moths have straight or feathery ones. Wasp don't have those. Moths have colored scales all over their bodies and on the wings and....

You - > ...wasp don't?

Me - > Yes! You got it.

The above would be a typical convo with my beloved mother! LOL! But every thing said above by me is true! Not that a person would stick around to find that out! Also:

* In the pic you can see the moth's proboscis wasp don't have them out in the open like that theirs is in between the mandibles if I'm not mistaken. And they look different too.

* Wasp have stingers and moths don't :P

* The wings of a wasp are always seethrough even though they're not always clear.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Wasp Moths

Scarlet bodied wasp moths ( Cosmosoma myrodora ) are one of the most prettiest moths that mimic wasp I've seen so far that live in North America. Bugguide has some pics of both the adults, larvæ, and pupæ on the species guide page which can be found here. I love these things! Info coming soon!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Wasp Or Moth?

This one is a moth. Isn't pretty? When it's flying it looks like a wasp because all you see is the red part of the abdomen. I'll try to find out more on these.