the lighting was exceptionally bad this morning, but I promised photos, so here they are!
She has a face so familiar, I could cry.
I had been looking for Odontomantis sp. yesterday, but they’ve gone out of season and are nowhere to be found. A little disheartened, I was about to give up my search, but decided to check out one more tree for the sake of it.
Boy, I’m so glad I did.
The very first thing I saw was this little girl, staring boldly down at me from her perch. Fearless as she was, she climbed right onto my finger when I offered it. I couldn’t believe my luck.
These mantises are tree dwellers, and hang hiiigh up in the tree canopies, which makes them very difficult to deliberately find. Normally, when people find Heirodula sp. nymphs, it’s by chance that they’ve been blown off from their tall trees. Such was the case for this girl. Sean and I scoured the small tree for any siblings, but there was only her.
I’ve been on cloud nine since finding her, I’m so happy ; u;
We’ve named her Cheuun (ชื่น) and she is so tiny right now… Hardly larger than my finger nail.
One day, she’ll be big and beautiful—but today, all she wants to do is climb up and up and up!!
friend update: whattaya doin
double update: chubs is down in the dirt again, like he was this morning. stay down there dangit
he’s gone up and down two more times. go to BED
I take many photos of my kittens, and so I made a blog just for them.
I have five cats, currently. You can see photos of all of them on this blog :D This one is named Penh.
…my cats have six legs.
morning reblog, in case anyone missed the fact that I have a cat blog, now.
Today we join the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders in astonishment at the golden mesh marvel that is the cocoon of the Urodidae moth. Also known as “false burnet moths,” these small to medium sized moths spend their pupal stage in unusual and incredibly beautiful open-mesh cocoons, which are sometimes suspended on a very long thread below a leaf.
"This type of cocoon is known as a "open-network cocoon" and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa."
I did it guys - I got it printed. If you enjoy my Groth Calendar Birthstones Series, I have “Art Book Desk Planners” for 2015 up for sale now in my Etsy shop.
Each book is 26 pages long and printed on nice glossy paper with a soft cover. I will sign each book individually! Along with the calendar illustrations, I also included other Groth drawings. I only had 3 printed as they are expensive to print, and I won’t be printing them again.
If you enjoyed this series, please check them out!
pixeled some beetles!! I love… beetles… they’re little scuttling gems… I’ve put em up as stickers, gonna put em on my laptop next to the plant stixs, have a tiny garden next to the keys
YESSS DREAM COME TRUE. I WAS REALLY HOPING FOR SOME LIL BUGGIES, AND THEY’RE STICKERS TOO DJKAHDGHAD