Under The Hedge

Plants, fungi, mantids, inverts, pretty pictures, interesting facts.
Spanish moon moth Graellsia isabellae, a beautiful Iberian moth in the Saturniidae (silkmoths). Larvae actually feed on pine needles, and if it wasn’t so expensive I’d try and raise some, but they’re apparently a bit delicate and need good ventilation.

Spanish moon moth Graellsia isabellae, a beautiful Iberian moth in the Saturniidae (silkmoths). Larvae actually feed on pine needles, and if it wasn’t so expensive I’d try and raise some, but they’re apparently a bit delicate and need good ventilation.

(Source: libutron, via stuckinthischrysalis)

mothmonarch:

chalkandwater:

Life (Episode 6: Insects, 2009)

It’s a Sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus)!

I’ll post some original content soon, but for now, enjoy this mindblowing gif of a moth being awesome.

mothmonarch:

chalkandwater:

Life (Episode 6: Insects, 2009)

It’s a Sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus)!

I’ll post some original content soon, but for now, enjoy this mindblowing gif of a moth being awesome.

(via fuckyeahmoths)

Yass!

P. irminia egg sac, laid today, 25/03/2014

First ever egg sac, well chuffed.

I could be wrong buuuut

Just home from a week away, checked all the spiders, and the female Psalmopoeus irminia has gone nuts on the webbing, including making a much smaller, fully enclosed tube inside her existing web tube… I’m hoping she’s gearing up to actually make a sac.

stuckinabucket:

Velvet worms!  Yes, velvet worms, everybody’s favorite little mucus-spraying monsters.

These guys are segmented, but they have soft teguments, so it can be a little hard to tell that just by looking at them.  Their stumpy little legs are adorably known as both lobopods and stub feet because they lack the complicated mechanisms and distinct anatomy that tend to make bug legs legs.  They’re just sort of little conveniently-shaped blobs that are almost but not quite tube feet.  They don’t have any sort of rigid exoskeleton either, so they’re stuck moving around by means of bracing their little muscles against a little tube of incompressible fluid (sort of like how your brakes work) in their tiny little bodies.

That mucus they spit comes from huge glands that can comprise almost ten percent of the worm’s weight.  They’re not above aiming for the face on dangerous prey, and they’ll eat it along with their prey to resorb the nutrients and chemicals they spent making it. (Spiders do something similar with silk.)

They’ve got little sensory organs all over their little bodies, and tiny little claws on their tiny little lobopods.  They also bear live young, either through true vivipary in some species or through internally-retained eggs in most species.  Did I mention these little pricks always look super-excited about stuff?  Always.

I think it’s because it you look at its mouth, its oral papillae (mucus-sprayers) kind of look like huge eyes. 

If you look at its eyes (simple, usually located above the antennae), its antennae make it look like a muppet.

Then they get the sprayers going, and just *bam* primordial monster.

If you think there’s such a thing as “too much velvet worms” then you really need to rethink your life. Or maybe I do, but if my options are change my mind on that or be wrong forever then I’m boarding the 9:52 Wrong Train to Factually-Incorrectville and never coming back.

f-yeahentomology:

rakelgreencph:

This fantastic creature is the Jewel Caterpillar of the moth species Acraga coa. I’m not entirely sure which version of this animal I like better. My selling points for the caterpillar are that it:
1. Looks like its made entirely of crystal-clear hand blown glass
2. features a little ruby-like ‘jewel’ inside of every tubercle 
3. kind of reminds me of a gummy bear
Then there’s the adult moth which is just as impressive as its juvenile self. My reasons for liking this fellow are: 

1. It looks like a muppet 
2. it’s bright ORANGE! (how fun!)
3. It has fuzzy Ugg boots on
4. It looks like it needs a cuddle 
5. those big, black eyes are staring me down… so I can’t really resist its adorableness 


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I would hug this guy so tight. 

All kinds of adorable :D

(via vita-insectum)

This seems less like an accomplishment and more like something to be deeply ashamed of.

This seems less like an accomplishment and more like something to be deeply ashamed of.

(Source: assets)