Tag: moths

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Musical Genitals

Water bug whammy bars, sonar jamming moth naughty bits, and tantric crane fly sex.

The Mad Hatterpillar

There is nothing I love more than finding an amazing new insect to tell you about!  Today it’s the “Mad Hatterpillar.” As you can see from this photo, these caterpillars (Uraba lugens, larvae of a […]

Mark your calendars: National Moth Week!

National Moth Week is a new project celebrating moths and biodiversity in the US. July 23-29, 2012 Why moths? Moths can be found everywhere from inner cities to heavily forested remote areas.  You might dismiss […]

Would you like to see my Engravings?

I feature the BiblioOdessy blog here semi-regularly, since he seems to find lovely old insect artwork everywhere. This week: Charming hand-coloured 18th century moth illustrations found in EJC Esper’s ‘Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der […]

Host Plant Index!

This time of year, when snow is on the ground, seed catalogs begin arriving in mailboxes.  I have always loved Michael Perry’s great line from Truck: “Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than […]

Jesus on a Moth!

No, that’s not an expression like “Christ on a Cracker!” Someone in Tyler, Texas (It had to be Texas….) thinks he sees Jesus on this moth.  You know you have comedy gold just from this […]

Pretty Picture Saturday

It’s a beautiful day, I have peppers to plant, so how about a pretty photo and an interesting story….from someone else. Gynandromorph Moth “This is a rare example of a gynandromorph moth, recently hatched at […]

Ask an Entomologist: Sex Pheromones and mating disruption

As tiny animals that live widely dispersed, finding a partner of the proper sex and species to reproduce with is a problem for insects. How do they arrange a hook up? Insects have solved that […]