White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)Foothill Road,…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Foothill Road, 2018-10-30

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/179603451606.

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/179497116996.

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) and Honey Bee (Apis…

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) and Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Gobernador Canyon Road, 2018-10-26

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/179485051316.

debunkshy: QueenPedernales Falls SP, TX20 May 2018

Friday, October 19th, 2018

debunkshy:

Queen
Pedernales Falls SP, TX
20 May 2018

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nanonaturalist: Inktober: Day 3Day 3 Prompt: Aquatic. Model is this Mayfly nymph from Bastrop…

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

nanonaturalist:

Inktober: Day 3

Day 3 Prompt: Aquatic.

Model is this Mayfly nymph from Bastrop County, TX last spring [iNat link]

From @six-legs-and-more’s list

October 4, 2018 (liar!)

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/178745482806.

ostdrossel: Rainy days, weird weather, fall is here.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

ostdrossel:

Rainy days, weird weather, fall is here.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/178713242073.

lies: Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness Every year…

Monday, October 1st, 2018

lies:

Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing, as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.

— Mary Oliver, from A Thousand Mornings

Photo by Kelly Gardner, Mississippi valley mayfly emergence, July 20, 2014.

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dendroica:Summer Azure, Celastrina neglecta (by me)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

dendroica:

Summer Azure, Celastrina neglecta (by me)

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/178289331257.

90377: Azuré by Marc Andreu

Monday, September 10th, 2018

90377:

Azuré by Marc Andreu

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/177941927930.

90377: Running Free by Marc Andreu

Friday, September 7th, 2018

90377:

Running Free by Marc Andreu

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/177852028411.

perpetuallytransient: Rabbitbrush Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda…

Friday, September 7th, 2018

perpetuallytransient:

Rabbitbrush Leaf Beetle (Trirhabda nitidicollis)

These look very similar to the Coyote Brush Leaf Beetles (Trirhabda flavolimbata) that I see a lot around here. 

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/177843986567.

90377: Bend under the weight by Marc Andreu

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

90377:

Bend under the weight by Marc Andreu

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/177818524941.

emerald-of-the-eight:A lovely green hairstreak butterfly…

Monday, July 9th, 2018

emerald-of-the-eight:

A lovely green hairstreak butterfly [Callophrys rubi] found in Castle Point Borough, England, by photographer

Paul Scott. Fun fact: the genus Callophrys is Greek for “beautiful eyebrows”.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/175727605186.

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching… Some clicking around on…

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching…

Some clicking around on Bugguide.net leads me to think this is Ctenucha brunnea, a species of tiger moth. A bunch of them were fluttering next to the Baron Ranch Trail yesterday.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/175261047926.

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174861645124.

emerald-of-the-eight:White peacock butterfly specimens [Anartia…

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

emerald-of-the-eight:

White peacock butterfly specimens [Anartia jatrophae] photographed on the Anhinga Trail of Everglades National Park, Florida, by

Dave Mangham.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174724367057.

dendroica: Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

dendroica:

Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific Region)

Photo credit: Karen Reagan/USFWS

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174507493513.

nanonaturalist: ms-demeanor: the-entire-furry-fandom: rockbusted: the-entire-furry-fandom: if…

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

nanonaturalist:

ms-demeanor:

the-entire-furry-fandom:

rockbusted:

the-entire-furry-fandom:

if coyotes are just indie wolves and wolves are just bass boosted dogs what the fuck are moths to butterflies

ugly

please be nice to moths im begging you

@nanonaturalist

YOU RANG?!?!

Here’s the thing:

Taxonomy is tricky. Moths and butterflies make up the insect order Lepidoptera. But… just like technically wolves and coyotes are already dogs (canids = dogs-ish I guess?), butterflies are just a type of moth. A very, very small group of insects in a gigantic, humungous, incomprehensibly more diverse order of insects. Allow me to demonstrate.

POP QUIZ! QUICK! FIND THE MOTH!

Got it? Good. Here’s the answer key (NO PEEKING BEFORE SPOTTING IT YOURSELF!). 

From Left to right:
TOP: Painted Lichen Moth, Moonseed Moth, Beautiful Tiger (moth), Grote’s Buckmoth (endangered)
BOTTOM: Eubaphe unicolor (moth), Eight-spotted Forester (moth), Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Chickweed Geometer Moth

Wait… ALL OF THEM ARE MOTHS? Of course they are. There are so few butterflies in the giant sea of moths, it’s amazing you even notice them!

Okay, okay fine. That one was tricky (or was it?). Here’s another.

AGAIN! QUICK! FIND THE MOTH!

Easier this time, right? Let’s see how you did! (NO CHEATING)

From Left to Right:
TOP: Checkered Skipper, Soldier Pansy, Funereal Duskywing, Dotted Checkerspot (endangered)
BOTTOM: Texas Powdered Skipper, Tawny Emperor, Reakirt’s Blue, Fatal Metalmark

Wait… so which one is the moth? NONE OF THEM THESE ARE BUTTERFLIES. “What do you mean these are butterflies, they are boring?!” Shut up I love them. “But moths are supposed to be the boring ones!” Shut up moths are cooler than a T-rex with a mohawk riding a skateboard.

Moths are furry; Moths are smooth

Left: Southern Flannel Moth; Right: Carmenta ithacae (glass wing moths)- mating pair

Moths are large; Moths are small

Left: Cecropia Moth; Right: Banded Scythris Moth

Moths are Air; Moths are Water

Left: Eggplant Leafroller Moth, caterpillars live on plants; Right: Jalisco Petrophila Moth, caterpillars are aquatic and grow up in freshwater and the adult female moths will swim into the water to lay her eggs GUYS SHE IS A MOTH!!!!!! Also: they are jumping spider mimics! Look!

Moths are Elegant; Moths are Strange

Left: Wilson’s Wood-nymph Moth; Right: Dejongia californicus Plume Moth

Moths are Perfect; I Love Them

Left: Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth; Right: Harrisina coracina

Composed May 24, 2018
All photos are mine and all but two were taken in Texas. Soldier Pansy and Beautiful Tiger were seen in Malawi.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174228395076.

anthropocenesketchbook: The last of the animals for the dunes…

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

anthropocenesketchbook:

The last of the animals for the dunes habitat section of the ecosystem panel for @landconservancyslo. The beetle and horned lizard were especially fun! #blacklakecanyon #landconservancyslo #wip #ecosystem #duneshabitat #northernleglesslizard #anniellapulchra #anniellapulchrapulchra #osoflacorobberfly #ablautusschlingeri #globosedunebeetle #coelusglobosus #blainvilleshornedlizard #phrynosomablainvillii

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/173325146411.

mr-flibble-says: postsfromthemrs: sosuperawesome: Moth and…

Friday, April 13th, 2018

mr-flibble-says:

postsfromthemrs:

sosuperawesome:

Moth and Butterfly Fibre Sculptures, by Yumi Okita on Etsy

See our ‘sculpture’ tag

I used to be scared of moths but I’ve seen the error of my ways now. I would like at least one of each please.

@herbertwestapologist

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/172899467711.