Entomology

Insects are my life.

sinobug:

Great Nawab Butterfly “Dragonhead” Caterpillar (Polyura eudamippus, Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)  The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars.   They are also quite fearless, constructing a mattress of silk-woven leaves to sit out the daylight hours, often fully exposed to the elements and potential hazards.  by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. Pu’er, Yunnan, China  See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

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sinobug:

Great Nawab Butterfly “Dragonhead” Caterpillar (Polyura eudamippus, Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)

The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars.

Dragonhead Caterpillar

They are also quite fearless, constructing a mattress of silk-woven leaves to sit out the daylight hours, often fully exposed to the elements and potential hazards.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

(Source: flowerfood)

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membracid:

blujayart:

This is one of the craziest things I’d ever heard of, and I spent the entire rest of the day after learning this being super excited (and slightly terrified) about it.

If you can’t read my handwriting, this is Epomis dejeani. There are all kinds of crazy videos of these things taking down frogs and toads (you might not wanna watch if you’re squeamish, they get a bit gruesome). In that last link, the frog eats the larva, which continues moving around inside it until the frog spits it up two hours later, at which point the larva turns around and eats thefrog HOLY CRAP

Also did I mention the adults actually paralyze their victims? Scientists aren’t even sure how they do it— they bite the back, but the spinal cord is actually intact

So yeah, that’s freakin nuts. Here’s an article with more information on this ridiculous species. I STILL can’t get over this.

Ha! Love this! :)

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tabletopwhale:

This week I made an animated chart of butterflies! These are all butterflies that you can find throughout North America, and I picked the 42 that I thought were the most colorful and unique. 

You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis, Deroplatys lobata

Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis, Deroplatys lobata

vita-insectum:

chitin:

Texas Wasp Moth

This looks like an art project!  Nature outdoing itself again

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vita-insectum:

chitin:

Texas Wasp Moth

This looks like an art project!  Nature outdoing itself again

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coolbugs:

Pretty psyched to finally have found one of these Bad-wings (Dyspteris abortivaria) in my yard last night. Bugguide.net says the name comes from the fact that their stubby little hindwings make it really difficult to pin specimens. I think it makes them look cute .

furything:

beetles

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furything:

beetles

sinobug:

Geometrid Moths (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae, Geometridae) (female top of image, male bottom of image and below)   by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. Pu’er, Yunnan, China  See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

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sinobug:

Geometrid Moths (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae, Geometridae)
(female top of image, male bottom of image and below)

Geometrid Moth (Biston bengaliaria, Ennominae), male

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

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nemertea:

THESE ARE ALL NO GOOD, TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, VERY BAD THINGS.

Which is to say that they are NOT mantispids, so fuck ‘em.

Which one is the real one

Which one is the real one