Saturday, June 12, 2010

bugged

Florida is heaven for bug lovers. I do not love bugs. I like some of them. I like the ones I've recently found outside my house. I do not like bugs inside my house.

With the exception of the praying mantis, I do not know what these are. I tried sending a picture of the big yellow/brown moth to What's That Bug? but my photo failed to upload. Maybe I'll try again, unless someone can comment and tell me what it is.  It's about 4 inches wide across the wings. The little green moth, or is it a butterfly? on the white phal just came out of a tiny cocoon, also in the picture.

The praying mantises are, I think, mating. I call this picture "doomed" because sexual cannibalism is common with mantises. According to Wikipedia, "The female may start feeding by biting off the male’s head (as with any prey), and if mating had begun, the male’s movements may become even more vigorous in its delivery of sperm". Yikes.

From Garden


From Garden


From Garden

3 comments:

Jimi K said...

Imperial moth, Eacles imperialis

Here's a link:

http://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/common/images/cd-43-c-txt/cimg298.html

Jimi K said...

The dog-face moth is an Imperial Moth. Here's a link:

http://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/common/images/cd-43-c-txt/cimg298.html

Leigh said...

Thanks, Jimi! You win the prize. Avacado cupcakes. So it is a dogface!