8.27.2005

A Classic Case of Procrastination

My house is a train wreck. I fully expect the health department to come and condemn it any day now...so what do I do instead of cleaning house? I poke around the yard and pry into the lives of the little critters that share my space. (Hopefully, the clutter police aren't monitoring my blog.)


Happy hunting...a Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) climbs the heartnut tree. I always enjoy watching mantids. They are very impressive insects.



Trumpet Creeper Pyralid Moth, Clydonopteron tecomae. I noticed these moths for the first time last September. We had quite a few to emerge from the seed pods of one of the many trumpet creeper vines (Campsis radicans) that grow out in the yard.



Some type of wasp with some type of caterpillar -- I can give you a definite ID on the tree, it's a sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua). Perhaps I can persuade my spouse to determine the true identity of this wasp -- afterall, since it is in our yard, it will go on his species list. Besides, he is much more patient than I when it comes to keying out insects.



And one shot from yesterday...a June Bug, Cotinis nitida

Now, I absolutely must go clean the house...really.

6 comments:

Watchmania said...

Mantids are so extraordinary looking - the Giacomettis of the bug world.

Floridacracker said...

Keep poking, these are great shots. I didn't know there was a trumpet creeper moth!
As for mantids, I'm glad gravity keeps them small...

Anvilcloud said...

Not procrastination. Proper priorities.

swamp4me said...

:-)

Silver Zephyr said...

it's hard to hate bugs as much when you make them look that cool.

swamp4me said...

What a very nice thing to say. Thank you!