Monthly Archives: August 2011

Black swallowtail butterfly from larva to adult

We discovered this swallowtail caterpillar on our dill in the garden just after its second instar phase.  Interestingly the chrysalis color depends upon where the caterpillar is attached.  It can be green if the swallowtail pupa is going to be … Continue reading

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American pelecinid wasp

These wasps, species Pelecinus polyturator are almost always female, and when you see one with this elongated abdomen, you can be sure it’s female.  Since males are so rare, they mainly reproduce by parthogenesis, which is a process by which … Continue reading

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Polyphemus Moth

Here’s a moth we found lounging on the side of a building at the local community college.  It is at least four inches across and is the most common silk moth in the lower 48 states.  It is named for … Continue reading

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