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A monarch butterfly that was posing. Wish I had a macro lens!

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Species: extatosoma tiaratum
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While it’s great to see younger people enjoying being around, and wanting to learn more about bees - time for some info!!
While the thought of a bee waving is really cute, she was actually warning the girl that she was too close, and was taking a defensive stance, with one of her middle legs raised.
If you see a bee doing this, the best thing to do is back off a bit, to avoid stressing the bee and possibly getting stung! Leave the bees to do their jobs, they’ll appreciate it! 🐝

Xyleutes persona (or similar. Cossidae).
One of the heaviest moths I’ve ever held..!

If you reblog this, please take care to tag it as “moth” and “insect”. I’d like to receive as few “kill it/stomp on it/light it on fire” comments as possible. Thanks! 
(also please be sensitive to the fact that entomology is enjoyed and pursued by people of all cultures and colors.
มาชอบแมลงกันค่ะ !! <3)

anonymous asked:

Hey, I don't wish to be ignorant or mean so I apologize in advance if I come of that way, but how are cockroaches not pests? They are some of the dirtiest, most disease-spreading insects around. Now I know there are different kinds and some are probably less wide-spread or live in other places but... I honestly don't know. Are there kinds that can be held in hands without worry?

When people think of cockroaches, they usually think of the fast moving american roaches–with their long antennae, navigating the sewers and infesting exceptionally dirty kitchens. They are the ones that we can imagine climbing out of the ashen landscape of a nuclear apocalypse. Those are usually the Oriental, American, and German cockroaches, respectively (Blatta orientalis, Periplaneta americana, Blattella germanica). Those are the popular guys…but there are about 30 species that can be found as household pests. Indeed they can be vectors for disease and have no place in the kitchen or bedroom. Not only that, but their excrement can cause huge problems for people with asthma, and are potent allergens. 

30 species worldwide…that’s a lot!! Right?

Actually, in the world there is a total of around 4,600 discovered species of cockroaches!! The 30 that are keen on setting up shop in our homes is nothing compared to the colorful and beautifully diverse world of cockroaches you’ll never see.
Cockroaches exist in the exotic pet trade, and not just as feeders! A favorite among keepers in the hobby are hissing roaches ( Gromphadorhina portentosa).

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 These guys are very large, slow moving, dumpy, and do not bite. They don’t navigate sewers, will never infest homes, and greatly prefer the untamed jungle and a life living under rocks to living under your sofa. I’ve known a fair few folks who love to raise these guys and speak very lovingly of them.
Other species that are commonly kept as pets include  Death’s Head Roach (Blaberus craniifer) and the Indian Domino Cockroach (Therea petiveriana). None of these guys are dirty domestic pests, and all are dearly loved by their doting human caretakers.

Cockroaches can also be incredible beautiful! They are a very close cousin to praying mantises, and like mantises, they can take on a wide arrangement of different shapes and colors depending on species. 
Here are just a few examples!:

Panchlora sp. or similar (source)

Polyzosteria mitchelli (source)

Catara rugosicollis (source)

Perishpaerus sp.(source)

Prosoplecta sp. (source)

Ellipsidion australis (source)


Cockroaches of all species are incredibly fascinating for different reasons. That said, I don’t think I will ever enjoy evicting a rogue  Blatta orientalis out of my bathroom at 2 in the morning…
Still, I hope this helps bring you a little closer to understanding the vast and beautiful world of these little dudes.