Flying Telotoma 😊 and no, these don't fly into your house unless you live on Principe Island...
Posted at: 2019-09-09 14:32:09
Macrodontia cervicornis, a timeless classic... The mandibles, the patterns and the proportions are simply perfect 😍
Posted at: 2019-08-14 14:39:47
It's been time for an updated shot of my Lep box for a bit now. In the 30(!) months or so since my last one, there have been a few significant additions (not including the larger box itself, already feeling crowded): a bunch of moths, primarily, from Montana; a few hardy ones from Alaska; a couple of Polyphemus moths showcasing their range of color; other saturniids like the cecropia (found and raised from a cocoon), Io, and regal moths; the large tiger of a saltmarsh moth (the giant leopard still eluding me); some splendid sphingids; and more of the seemingly endless diversity of geometrids, the adult forms of inchworms, whose fanned and lined wings are always a treat to see by my porch light or, really, anywhere else. While I do have my preferences in other orders and work with aquatic insects instead of terrestrials, it's easy to see why moths and butterflies, the latter really just being a relatively tiny group of daylight moths, tend to steal the show of the insect world. Almost all of these come from (or at least can also be found in) Arkansas, not known to be a tropical state, yet without paying somewhat closer attention might such an array of colors and morphological go unnoticed or be mistaken for having originated closer to the equator. This collection also well points out the amount of overshadowing done to the microlepidopterans, one of the most understudied groups of otherwise prominent insects and one which surely includes a staggering amount of diversity no matter where they can be found. I'm guilty of almost ignoring them entirely simply due to the pain of trying to pin them in any way that shows off their wings and the difficulty of telling species apart to avoid duplicates. Next time you're walking by a light at night, check to see who's hanging out by it! You're bound to notice new faces and interesting poses, like moths pretending to be budding twigs on a brick wall. #Lepidoptera#insectcollection#moth#moths #butterfly#butterflies#macrolepidoptera
Posted at: 2019-07-26 20:15:58
This huge Psalidognathus (close to 90mm) was from an old collection and in really bad shape when I got it. I've cleaned it up and set it in a flying pose which I rarely do with beetles, but I think it looks nice when you see the full spread of the monster :)
Incantare - Achillides Palinurus Daedalus butterflies and Urania Ripheus moths. The Urania Ripheus moths are active during the day, and commonly get mistaken for butterflies because of their intensely colourful wings
Met up with Steven Barney during the last day of an intense Arizona Bug trip. Had been corresponding with him for many, many years but had never met him! He is a fixture in the US beetle hobby and does presentations in Louisiana, where he also hosts “Insect Day” events and Bugstock! If you would like to see more from my trip to Arizona, please check out my newest video that I uploaded to YouTube this morning. Part Two of insect collecting in Madera Canyon. And thanks to Andrew Barell for creating a new animated intro for my bugsincyberspace channel, and for helping to edit the last video there. Comment on my new YouTube video and I will randomly select a winner there for a new stag beetle pin by @shapesinnature
In case you didn't know, my book was officially published a few days ago. It was the most difficult project I've ever worked on and I really poured my heart and soul into it, I was lucky enough to have @carim_nahaboo helping me with the chapter illustrations and I'm so happy with how it ended up looking. It is now available to buy from Amazon and all large bookstores, so if you like the sort of things I post on this page then you should definitely get yourself a copy! 😜
How's this for a big bulky bug? North America's largest assassin, the wheel bug, needs no explanation for the origin of its name. These predators measure over an inch long, are covered with a slight gold sheen, and possess a bite that'll make a minute feel like an hour. Females are larger than males and though not otherwise dimorphic, the number of teeth on their unique wheels may vary among individuals; their hunt-by-ambushing-and-stabbing lifestyle does not. These were all over the place at the house I lived in in college, thankfully for our meager attempt at a garden, but I haven't seen many at all further north-- fingers crossed for better luck next year! #Hemiptera#Reduviidae#Arilus#Ariluscristatus #wheelbug#assassinbug#insectcollection
Repost @bitchesbrewfreo ********************************Yes, they are real butterflies! These domes from @moon_creatures are true statement pieces. One of a kind and intricately hand crafted. Tranquility is forever captured in these gothic Victorian era inspired pieces. Somewhat like a terrarium with a twist, they are stunning and available now.
I have to admit, I do live a life very different from many others. Today, for instance, I am shipping two packages;
one with a custom made wristlet, the other is full of dead insects.
Which package would you rather receive?
I know most people would say the wristlet, but I also know there is a young girl in Utah who is anxiously awaiting the package of Arizona creepy crawly specimens!! .