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Basket Weaver At Work

Lichen Moth caterpillars (Cyana sp., Lithosiini, Arctiinae, Erebidae) construct a woven meshwork basket of their own body hairs within which to pupate.

It is a two-stage building process involving a base and (somehow) an externally prefabricated upper half which is loosely hinged to the long side of the basket (seen in the background of the top image). Ultimately, this is pulled closed to complete the full-surround enclosure.

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(above) Lichen Moths (Cyana sp., Lithosiini, Arctiinae, Erebidae)

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

See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..
vox.com
How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard
We can all contribute to conservation efforts — sometimes even from our own backyards.
By Zachary Crockett

via http://www.vox.com/2016/7/6/12098122/california-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly-population 

Tim Wong (Instagram: timtasti1c) <– go follow him, he has lots of beautiful photos including butterfly photos~!

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OKAY, SO

Got home tonight and bae went outside to water the garden - comes back inside, tells me to check out this cool thing outside and iT’S A CICADA MOLTING ON OUR BACK DOOR

In all my life I’ve never seen this happen in real time so you bet your buckets I parked my butt right there with my phone and a clip-on macro lens to see this beautiful expedited act of puberty happen

Right when things were getting interesting, the wings comin’ out and everything the poor baby fell!!! right onto the door frame - then I panicked and wondered, do I let nature take its course? wait for a bird to come by for an easy snack? but then, no - 

I put my hand out and the little soggy baby crawled right up my arm to sit on my collar, chillin’ on my sweatshirt until its lil’ paper wings unfurled - then it hung onto my finger for a sweet joyride back onto the frame of the back door

today was the best day

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Just in case you’d forgotten about them, the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the existence of the incredibly enormous Titan beetle, aka Titanus giganteus. Japanese entomologist Munetoshi Maruyama happened upon this colossal creature while studying insects in South America.

“Here comes the star of the show. While I was looking up at this eudaemonia troglophylla (a species of moth) flying overhead, I heard a loud noise and something hitting the curtain. When I turned around I couldn’t believe my eyes; it was a titan beetle. I immediately went to grab it and was taken aback by how large it was. I couldn’t help but let out a shout.”

The largest known Titan beetle on record measure 6.6 inches long. Maruyama’s beetle measured 6.3 inches long, making it a very impressive specimen indeed. They’re elusive insects that usually only venture out into the open in search of mates on particularly hot, rainy days or at night, so happening upon this one in the middle of the day was an exceptionally rare experience.

[via RocketNews24]

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A Weevil (Curculionidae) with waxy decorations produced from its cuticle as a camouflage strategy.

Some weevil species produce a waxy secretion from glands in their cuticle which is used as part of a camouflage strategy. This waxy coat can assume some bizarre shapes and orientations but does nothing to slow down or restrict the weevil’s movement.

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

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