Tawny Rajah Butterfly "Dragonhead" Caterpillar (Charaxes bernardus, Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)
They say that 1000 thread count sheets are the ultimate quality to sleep on, but for these caterpillars, a silken lining produced by yourself and continuously renewed produces the precise leaf curl required to safely spend your days as inconspicuously as possible. The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars. Pu'er, Yunnan, China
Ravenwhimsy's Wonderful World
libutron: “ A Green lacewing (Neuroptera - Chrysopidae) on a leaf of Drosophyllum lusitanicum (Caryophyllales - Drosophyllaceae), one of the few carnivorous plants to grow in dry, alkaline...
Birch sawfly larva / Larve du Tenthrède du bouleau
Beginning in June, the female, which is wasp-like with silvery membranous wings, cuts a network of slits along leaf margins and deposits her eggs in them. In July, groups of larvae can be readily observed around the leaves, which they consume right down to the midrib. At the end of its larval development, the insect falls to the ground and weaves a silky cocoon in which it overwinters as a prepupa in the litter. Dès le mois de juin, la femelle, semblable à une guêpe aux ailes argentées et…
Seagrape Sawfly from Honduras - What's That Bug?
Possible sawfly laying eggs November 4, 2009 I was encouraged by Eric Eaton (Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America) to forward my question and photo to you for help in identification. He indicates that the insect is not a cicada, but is most likely a sawfly of some type. Thank you in advance [...]
Worms Are Eating the Rose Leaves and Buds
Worms Are Eating the Rose Leaves and Buds. Worm-like insects chewing rose leaves and buds are most likely caterpillars or rose slugs, the larvae of moths and butterflies or sawflies, respectively. Roses (Rosa spp.) are generally hardy across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 to 10, but ...