This week is the United States Pollinator week, we’re multiple organization are trying to raise awareness for an issue of paramount importance, due to that whole many of the foods we eat are brought about by pollinators. Over the last few years I’ve dedicated my free learning to a different subject each summer, usually broadening my insect or plant knowledge, this year I focused on Silkmoths, and more specifically the keeping and rearing of them. This was a wild female Tulip Tree Silkmoth that has already mated, then being found by @formerlyhomelessphotographer, he kindly saved her for me and now I’ll raise all of the young in a controlled environment to increase the release number next summer, helping the population in #NewJersey. Check out the link in my story for more about pollinator week and @mnochisaki for more about moth information.
These buggers (pun intended) are big and loud and more than a little creepy. Their big red eyes are like something from a sci-fi movie. Admittedly, their 17 year reemergence is intriguing, their singing is profound, and their intricate wings are quite beautiful. But then again, I really don't have a problem with my squirrels and bird friends eating them alive! #cicada#17yearcicada#insects
Banded Damselfly. How can anyone look at this without wonder? It's not like I've not taken loads of photos of this species before but I just can't help taking more #nature#naturalwonder#insects#FabAndLush
This is probably one of the most amazing finds ever. December 2017 I walked out to do my morning “bug check” and noticed a couple “wasps” hanging out of the screen. I thought it was weird because wasps usually don’t do this. So, I grabbed my camera to get video (being morning, if they were wasps they would probably be chill) so I wanted to hold them. Well, turns out they were wasp-mimicking mantidflies! (Euclimacia torquata) Not a wasp or a mantis, but in the order Neuroptera and related to lacewings! No stingers on these beauties, and they have amazing raptorial arms like mantids and check out those crazy eyes in the third pic. Definitely one find I’ll always remember. 💚 #entomology#insect#insects #mantidfly #Euclimaciatorquata#neuroptera#mantisfly#australianinsects#waspmimic #wasp#mantid#mimicry#nature#wildlife#bug#bugs
Thanks to my mom, we are trying out monarch caterpillar raising this spring and summer. Now we just need to try to plan out how to keep them alive while we are gone on our various camping trips, vacation to Door, and conferences I will be attending and working at. The big issue is every time we go to get them more food (Milkweed) we end up finding more eggs. I think I’ll have to cut off finding new ones pretty soon because July is already packed without raising these guys.
We are really interested in pollinators this summer, as well as learning about what we can do in the garden to help them out. .
Compostable container upgrade. Hope to find abhome compostable alternative soon if anyone knows of a product similar please let me know. From Matt.
Posted at: 2019-06-18 22:24:51
Almost 2 years since I moved this little project out of the garage. The last bit of the puzzle (3rd building) is finally on its way. From 43.2sq meters I can yield a ton of crickets and many ton of soldier fly larvae per annum ... and the fun has only just begun. Thanks again for your support in feeding the nations animals while I create one of the most sustainable farming systems in the world. #1cricketatatime#nz
Composting grubs in compostable tubs -1k count example!!! Feels good being a small business using sustainable packaging as I feed the nations pets, conservation and research animals. Chirp on. #noplastic#nzmade#wellingtonnz
Posted at: 2019-05-13 08:16:32
Soldier fly larvae parcels heading your way again today NZ. Premium nutrient dense pet food direct from the farm to your door. Soldier on.