Wednesday 24 September 2008

Small Tortoisehsell woes

It seems that an entire year has gone past without me seeing one of these in the garden (or any friend's garden). The numbers in these parts have been going down, but not particularly quickly, and I am rather surprised that I have miseed this species altogether this year. On the plus side I have seen more of other species, including the Peacock that I have previously never seen in the garden, although I have seen it regulalrly locally.

Thursday 18 September 2008

Albino cockroach

I like visiting places such as DeviantArt to look at photographs other people have taken of various invertebrates. Generally the quality is quite inspiring - but the content is often titles or labelled in a way that causes error - or propagates confusion.

The photo below shows a cockroach that has just moulted, and has yet to return to its normal colouration.

I pointed this out to Mr ~HairyEyeBall who went on to say that this is how the exhibit he photographed them in labelled them. Mr ~HairyEyeBall has since hidden these comments from the photograph here. Admitting your wrong is something we should all do from time to time!

Brahmaea hearseyi

Some Brahmaea hearseyi caterpillars that I received recently - feeding on privet (Ligustrum sp.). Will keep you updated on their progress!

Friday 12 September 2008

Coastal Clean-up

On the 20th September go to your local beach and do some cleaning! It might even be sunny!

Tuesday 9 September 2008

Necroscia annulipes

I received a pair of this species today from Allan Harman, certainly one of the most attractive species of phasmid, with brilliant pink wings. The next Phasmid Study Group newsletter will list them as PSG290.