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Bug of the Day

OMG, look at this adorable hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)! How is this squee-worthy beastie not a Pokemon??? I had it in the fridge yesterday so I could get a few good photographs, including the ones above. Today it was finally sunny out so I let it go outside. It sat on my fingers for a long time and then suddenly took off up into the sky like a little fighter jet.

@biomechabird It was only in the fridge for a few hours, til I could photograph it. I think it would last a few days in the fridge, depends on the species. Seems kind of cruel to keep them there that long though…

Black Witch Moth! The species I was looking forward to painting the most. Hoping to see one in real life some day. Available as prints and on t-shirts and more https://society6.com/product/black-witch-moth835176_print#s6-7827984p4a1v45

A many-plumed moth.-Spores&More

Ah I’ve never seen this moth before so I had to go looking up photos of it, thank you @sporesmore

So doing a little research, these moths are from the family Alucitidae which are closely related to the family Pterophoridae (the plume moths).

The many-plumed moth wings are a modified so that the fore and hind wing are made up of six spines and have these little bristles all over them. 

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For the first time ever, I’m putting some of my textile art up on Etsy - these three hand-sewn and embroidered moths are up in my shop, which lives here: etsy.com/shop/heywitch

These little pals are a labour of love - every stitch on them is done by hand over the course of many (oh so many!) hours.

It’s likely I won’t be selling any other small embroidered sculptures like this for a while (especially moth-shaped ones), so if you’ve wanted to get your hands on one of these guys, now’s the time!

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At last! My tiny fluffy teddy bear moths have arrived!

My first southern flannel moth adult emerged from his cocoon this morning. You may remember my previous posts of them: as caterpillars, they are the most adorable fluffy shy hairballs who are also so venomous their stings are considered the most painful kind you can get in North America.

They were so cute and I wanted to hold them SO BAD but the closest I could get was stroking the side of the tank while I wept over how life was so cruel to deny me the joy of holding these sweet babies.

Well, my first sweet baby is here. A boy: his antennae are feathered to detect the scent females let out to attract mates. I knew they were small, but I was still surprised to see this tiny baby. Every surface is covered in fluffy fur.

His little black boots. His fluffy bum. His orange mustache 😭

I’m not going to lie. I kissed him. He is perfect.

Cocoon made July 6, emerged August 8, 2017