Friday, September 19, 2014

Pipevine Swallowtails Hatched

I love the way they cuddle when young. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Termites



Such a lousy photo! Sorry!

Today was the nuptial flight of the termites. First there is rain (just a little in this case) then sun, then the termites come out of the ground,  and fly off to find a mate. 

I always wondered why I never saw any animals taking advantage of this dense display of insect protein packets. Until Today. Today a dragon fly was catching them on the wing. Seems like it would have been so much easier to sit on the ground and eat them. But a dragon fly never does that! It creates a basket with its legs and catches insects in the basket while it flies. 

Did you see the termites today? 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caterpillar ID

I think I figured out what that caterpillar is that I posted about on August 15. Genista Broom Moth. More info here.

https://bybio.wordpress.com/tag/uresiphita-reversalis/

I found some on lupine a couple of days ago. And someone else reported caterpillars on Genista. I am assuming that they are all the same species.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Exotic Butterflies




These pictures were taken at a butterfly house near Denver, Colorado. The Butterfly Pavilion is in Westminster. But it isn't just butterflies. They have sea creatures like horseshoe crabs and starfish, arthropods like spiders and cockroaches, and other invertebrates. In fact, it was the first invertebrate zoo in the nation. Are there more now? I don't know. Their mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates, which, they say, make up 97 % of the species alive today. It was great fun visiting. In addition to the butterfly house, with abundant butterflies, they have petting areas where kids get to touch the animals and gardens where people can find wildlife. Great experience!