The smallest lady bug larva I’ve ever seen.
Are they still named Linda after they have metamorphosized into moths?
This made Fallie scream with delight.
Pretzel and Scorpius molted again today. Fallie is pleased with their progress and impressed with how much bigger they are now. Unfortunately, Scorpius injured a leg during his molt, but since he doesn’t have to go far for prey, he might be okay. Spike also injured a leg while molting (the first one, he will molt again soon and we are hoping he does okay). Fantastic Mr. Mantid has also only molted once and the tip of his abdomen is turned at a weird angle. So far, Pretzel is the healthiest and strongest. He is the one Fallie named and I’m glad she is so happy.
Lindas! or You know Fallie collects tent caterpillars!
mildlyannoyedrabbit replied to your photo: Carnivorous
What do you feed it (the plant)?
Our Venus Flytrap eats flightless fruit flies! They are sold at a big pet store here… I also have these little flies on hand because the other carnivore in the photo is waiting for a Praying Mantis egg case to open up. She wants to keep a couple of the mantids that are going to hatch but we will have to separate them and feed them very quickly because they are very cannibalistic.
If you look closely, you can see Fallie’s latest pet.
What Fallie found the same day as the cow killer*
This wasp was crawling around on our deck and that means we have to try to safely catch it, identify it, photograph it, and let it go. I think this is a bald-faced hornet, known for the females’ habit of defending their nests with repeated stings. We put the jar in the freezer for a minute so we could get a good look (and photo) at its markings. Don’t you think it has a cute little face?
* I forgot to mention that the velvet ant is a kind of WASP! Do not pick them up even though they look cute and fuzzy!!!
What Fallie and I found
We came out of the restaurant and started walking back to the car when we both stopped and yelled, “A red velvet ant!” I ran to the car and made it back just in time with a container (I had to dump out my gum and use that container because we had put a dead insect in the “car bug jar” to study and left it at home). If I hadn’t caught her on my first try, she would have escaped - no messing around with this one. We kept her for a day and realized we were wrong - she is not a red velvet ant. This is a cow killer, a type of velvet ant with a sting so painful that people say it could kill a cow. Lucky Fallie saw her stinger come out and it is half an inch long! I think this is my favorite found insect yet.