The bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list.

 Please:

  • Go plant an organic flower native to wherever you are
  • Leave your “weeds” alone they probably aren’t hurting anything
  • Stop using/buying Roundup and all other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides. 
  • If you have a bee problem (which almost never happens) call a local beekeeper! They will remove them safely free of charge
  • Bumblebees usually nest underground and just wanna be left alone! They won’t hurt you. To prevent destroying their habit during hibernation, avoid mowing yards until April or May. If you do mow, raise the blades to the highest setting

Please save my fat clumsy fuzzy friends I love them and they’re very good pollinators.

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BIG UPDATE!

I’ve finally finished my biological patches set! After many months of designing, editing, and trial and error, I’m proud to post up photos of the final products!

They are woven with bright, beautiful colors that will endure many washes and adventures to come. They’re only $8 in my store:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Monsternium



Here are the first five patches in my biological patch set. Once all ten are made, the rainbow of studies will be complete! Each one is illustrated, digitized, and embroidered by me. Stay tuned for more! Next up is herpetology ;)

After my research project on honey bee parasites started getting so much attention, UMD asked if they could put me in their advertising 😅😅 soooo Check out the new face of “Fearless Research”  at the University of Maryland! Its definitely premature for them to say that my work “Saves The Bees” but I am holding out hope that it will be the breakthrough that gets us to that answer! 

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Bombycid Silkmoth (Penicillifera cf. lactea, Bombycidae)

As much as this looks like a plane crash, this is the normal resting posture of many species of male Bombycid silk moths.

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

See more Chinese moths 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~!

A Mantisfly (Orientispa sp., Mantispidae, Neuroptera) overlooking her eggs

Her (hundreds of) eggs appear to be levitating off the leaf surface as each is attached by a practically invisible filament. This feature of Neuropteran eggs is better known and exaggerated in the lacewings, which lay each egg on a lengthy filament, which protects the offspring from predators and prevents newly hatched larvae from devouring their siblings.

The next stage in the mantisfly life cycle is equally fascinating. The members of the subfamily, Mantispinae, are parasitoids of spider eggs. The freshly hatched grub-like larvae will seek out a female spider to hitch a ride upon until she produces an egg sac of her own, or they will stumble upon an egg sac by chance in their wanderings. They then go through their life cycle siphoning out the spider egg contents, eventually pupating within the egg sac prior to adulthood.

The adult mantisfly, with its raptorial mantis-like forelimbs, is a predator of other insects. Some species are quite large, but the local members of this genus are tiny. This one is just over 10mm in length.

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

See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE……
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For two weeks each year, the termite mounds on the Brazillian Cerrado light up the night. The source of these lights are not the termites, but headlight beetle larvae. The larvae live inside the outer part of mound, only emerging during the few weeks each year when male and female termites take flight. The glowing bodies of the larvae draws the termites like moths to a flame, allowing the larvae to grab and devour them. The larvae collects as many termites as they can and place them in their larder within the mound, which needs to last until the next flying season. This very limited availability of food means that it takes two years for the larvae to turn into adult beetles.

The Hunt (Episode 5: Nowhere To Hide, 2015)