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

Monday, July 9th, 2018


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”.

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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.

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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

Saturday, June 9th, 2018


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

Dave Mangham.

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dendroica: Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific…

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018


Island marble butterfly (via USFWS – Pacific Region)

Photo credit: Karen Reagan/USFWS

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

Thursday, May 24th, 2018






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


please be nice to moths im begging you



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.


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.


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.

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anthropocenesketchbook: The last of the animals for the dunes…

Thursday, April 26th, 2018


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

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

Friday, April 13th, 2018




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.


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bunjywunjy: gallusrostromegalus: silverhawk: silverhawk: one of my ABSOLUTE favorite moth…

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018





one of my ABSOLUTE favorite moth species out there has to be the madagascan sunset moth

its such a GORGEOUS moth that not a lot of people seem to know about and i just??? god what a beauty

some more:

I drew one of these for class once, and they’re really fun becuase you get to use all your neon colors and sparkly gel media for once.  My professor described it as “It’s like Lisa Frank made a moth.”

that’s a butterfly with a fancy fur vest

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buggirl: Tumblr,I started this blog when I was a nightclub…

Friday, March 16th, 2018



I started this blog when I was a nightclub bartender in Hollywood with a “useless” lonely nerdy passion for the world of entomology/ararchnology nearly 9 years ago.  The act of creating this blog opened my eyes to a community of fellow naturalists that shared my passion.  I was no longer lonely and my passion no longer seemed useless.  Our community grew and grew.  Because of this realization – I went back to school, despite my original doubt that “bugs” were a legitimate career and that I had what it takes to be a scientist.  I finished my BS in ecology/evolution, and I am now close to finishing my MS. Since starting this blog, which originally was only intended as a bug journal of the insects i stumbled upon throughout daily life…an outlet for my interest in bugs…  I have been to the Ecuadorean Amazon 3 times to study the organisms I was only dreaming to blog about.

Today, I got word– I have been awarded a 4 year fellowship to continue my research and earn a PhD in Zoology in Leticia Aviles’s lab at the University of British Columbia. 

This is a dream come true for me. 

I am not exaggerating when I say that I credit the experience I have had making this blog and interacting with so many of you as the foundation of my journey as a scientist.   We shared a love of the natural world and I am reminded every day why it is that I love being a biologist through this process.  Many of you have helped fund my research through my campaign on experiement.com, and some of you even sent me live spiders.   Whether directly or indirectly– this has contributed to my science…  and has enriched my life..

Thank you, all.

Spiders and bugs rule! 


Oh.   A beautiful Phoneutria wandering spider for attention in Jatun Sacha, Ecuador. 

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dendroica: Majority of Anna’s hummingbirds may have feather…

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018


Majority of Anna’s hummingbirds may have feather mites on their tail feathers

Hummingbirds are known to host a diversity of feather mites, but this relationship is not well-understood. In particular, mite distribution in situ has not been previously studied. The authors of the present study examined 753 hummingbirds of five species from urban locations in California: Anna’s, Allen’s, Black-chinned, Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds. They documented the presence of the feather mite Proctophyllodes huitzilopochtlii on tail flight feathers.

The researchers found that feather mites were present on the tail flight feathers of nearly 60 percent of Anna’s hummingbirds, but less than 10 percent of the other species. Across all the species, the mite was more prevalent on the tail feathers of males (44.9 percent) than on those of females (36.2 percent), possibly because of the nesting habits of females.

The authors used tabletop scanning electron microscopy to analyze individual feathers, building a detailed 3D picture of the distribution of live mites in situ. They found that there tended to be more mites on the hummingbirds’ outer tail feathers than inner, and saw that mites often nestled between the barbs of individual feathers, sometimes in high numbers.

The authors state that their study provides the first prevalence and distribution information for these feather mites on both Anna’s and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. This is especially important given that Anna’s Hummingbirds co-reside seasonally with other hummingbird species, with the potential for spread of mites.

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cool-critters: Candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) The candy crab is…

Sunday, February 11th, 2018


Candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi)

The candy crab is a very colourful crab that grows from 1.5 to 2 cm. It lives on various species of soft coral in the Dendronephthya genus. It camouflages itself by mimicing the colours of the polyps among which it hides. It adds further camouflage by attaching polyps to its carapace. Colours vary depending on the colour of the coral, and may be white, pink, yellow or red. This crab is widespread in the Indo-Pacific and it feeds on plankton. photo credits: digimuse, Brian Maye, divemecressi

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mostlythemarsh:Not Stayin’ Still Bastard

Friday, August 25th, 2017


Not Stayin’ Still Bastard

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dennybitte: goldig by Denny Bitte

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017



by Denny Bitte

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Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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end0skeletal: (via Orache Moth by FreezingGlare on deviantART)

Friday, May 26th, 2017


(via Orache Moth by FreezingGlare on deviantART)

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017

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nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: I am too excited by the babies…

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017



I am too excited by the babies coming to sit on these. Look at these brand new precious butterfly babies. All these photos were taken TODAY.

Tawny emperor caterpillars
April 25, 2017

More baby pictures! Top photo was last night (April 25th) before I went to bed, bottom photo was this morning (April 26) before I left for work. Didn’t bring the babies with me because I have a long day and I don’t think I can bring a mason jar full of larvae into a concert with me, so I made sure to fill the jar with fresh hackberry leaves because BABIES ARE HUNGRY!!!

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Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017


GUYS I JUST SAW AN ANT WITH THE FREAKY MIND CONTROL PARASITE. The parasite is a microscopic flatworm (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) with a crazy lifecycle–it starts out in snails, then gets into ants, then goes to cows, and starts all over again. The ants affected by this parasite will climb to the end of a stalk of grass in the evening and wait there until early morning, where they will go back to regular ant activities, every day until they’re eaten by a cow.

This ant is a harvester ant (I believe–last two photos are of the nest) which is interesting because the wikipedia article specifies the species this parasite affects in the US, and it’s not a harvester ant. But this spot (a ranch with a pond and lots of cows nearby) would be a great environment for the parasite to thrive. This ant was struggling but COULDN’T let go. I tried to get more/better photos with the microscope but lost the blade of grass (wind blew it away) before I could get set up.

Learn more about this parasite here: http://ift.tt/2obeX3W

That’s so cool. At our local salt marsh there is a flatworm parasite that uses killifish as an intermediate host. The parasite lodges in the fish’s brain and induces it to swim on its side near the surface, which causes the fish’s light-colored belly to flash skyward. This makes it more likely the fish will be preyed upon by a heron, inside of which the flatworm completes its life cycle.

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