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Post  grownsunshine 5/29/2014, 11:40 am

I was spraying my plants for mold and a new friend startled me.
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Post  sanderson 5/29/2014, 1:34 pm

New Frenemy? They eat my bean leaves without mercy. Thank goodness I have a cat that will dispatch them. All I have to do is show her, "Here he is."
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/29/2014, 4:00 pm

Grasshopper of some sort?
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Post  CapeCoddess 5/29/2014, 4:10 pm

sanderson wrote:New Frenemy?  They eat my bean leaves without mercy.  Thank goodness I have a cat that will dispatch them.  All I have to do is show her, "Here he is."
 okay
Lilly does that with flies when I say "Git em!"  Soon I hear a crunching sound...gruesome.

No strange visitors yet...hardly any bees even.  If it wasn't for the ants I don't think my strawberries would be forming...
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Post  rabbithutch 5/29/2014, 4:32 pm

I picked one of those multi-colored caterpillars off my flat leaf Italian parsley day before yesterday.  I didn't get a pic because a neighbor's 6 year old was fascinated by it and took it to keep inside to see if it will pupate and a chrysalis will appear.  He would not be persuaded that it was not a monarch butterfly caterpillar because they had been studying them in school.
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Post  camprn 5/29/2014, 8:48 pm

Did it look like this?

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I found this great site!
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Post  plantoid 5/29/2014, 9:33 pm

grownsunshine wrote:I was spraying my plants for mold and a new friend startled me.
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A locust or such creature at the  end of its life ..I say this  as it has turned from green to dark brown .  How big is it  ??
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Post  plantoid 5/29/2014, 9:53 pm

I got the fright of my life a few days ago , picking out a few weds out eh flower beds when suddenly a large wasp whizzed past my nose and latched on to a hanging down bell shaped flower .
 The thing that made me jump was the size of it , as I watched it come out eh flower several more were doing strafing runs past me to the flowers .

 I realised something was amiss so nipped indoors for a glass jar and a lid .
 waited till one got well in  one of the bells & captured the bell C/W wasp in it , screwing the lid on tight .

 I came inside and felt quite queasy at the monster when I looked at it with a magnifying glass .
Had a look on line and couldn't readily find any similar UK native wasp that was 35 mm long from front of its head to the butt end . because of the numbers visiting the flowers I think I can safely say they are worker wasps s not drones or queens.
 

 Well one thing's for sure, there was no way I was going to try and photo it alive outside the jar in Macro with my nose a mere 9 inches away ..I'm not that stoooopid ...HONEST !  Laughing 

 I decide the best way to despatch it would be to pop the jar & wasp in the freezer for a few days whilst we are away on a long weekend ( again )
Tonight when I took it out I noticed it has shrunk a smidgeon & has darkened from the bright yellow of the emoticons to the 12 th colour yellow down on the font colour button chart .
I hope to take some pictures tomorrow in good light ( stick it on a mount  by using a big darning needle or two to get a better sense of things.

 Its face has changed from day glow green to a yellowish colour .. it was the green colour that made me feel queasy ...pure bloody evil it was .
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Post  Marc Iverson 5/30/2014, 1:16 am

Wasps can be frightening -- especially if you're outside trying to eat a sandwich with meat on it -- but I think of most of them as the good guys. Some hornets are so huge that it's hard not to get the willies, though. Sounds like you found a real giant.
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Post  rabbithutch 5/30/2014, 1:20 am

camprn wrote:Did it look like this?

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I found this great site!
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com/Caterpillars/Caterpillars%20of%20North%20Texas.htm

Yep!  That's him!

Great web site.  Thanks for the URL.
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/5/2014, 4:28 pm

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Looks like something under a microscope, right?  I guess it's a form of dog vomit...

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Post  giant_trainer 6/5/2014, 5:38 pm

Today I found this fella in one of my boxes enjoying a lunch of toad!  I love my toads but I let him live.  I read where Garter snakes eat slugs, too!


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Post  jrfrommd 6/21/2014, 6:51 pm

found this today....haven't identified it yet

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Post  FeedMeSeeMore 6/27/2014, 1:45 pm

This is not a caterpillar.
It's a mold "bug" on a wilted squash blossom from all of the sauna like conditions in NW Georgia lately.

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Post  sanderson 6/27/2014, 2:49 pm

FeedMeSeeMore wrote:This is not a caterpillar.
It's a mold "bug" on a wilted squash blossom from all of the sauna like conditions in NW Georgia lately.

Kind of neat looking.
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Post  CapeCoddess 8/6/2014, 11:13 am

I left this cute li'l guy to live out it's last days munching on the leaves:
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Post  quiltbea 8/6/2014, 11:34 am

CapeC....Is that a hornworm?  If it is, it can destroy a tomato plant in a couple of days so I wouldn't let it live.  Ugh.
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Post  CapeCoddess 8/6/2014, 11:53 am

Yes it is, QB.  But I want the wasps it's hosting so I'll leave it there.  I think it's pretty much paralyzed or on the way out since it doesn't move any.

My yard seems to be a plethora of different kinds of wasps this year.  Rolling Eyes 

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Post  sanderson 8/6/2014, 4:37 pm

CC, That's rather fascinating to have this event happen in a member's yard and to capture it as a nice photo.
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Post  sanderson 2/17/2016, 6:47 pm

A friend sent me this through FB. Click on the caterpillar to see what emerges. Beautiful. http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=19420

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/17/2016, 6:55 pm

WOWOWOWOWOW! So amazing, thanks, sanderson!
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Post  trolleydriver 2/17/2016, 7:07 pm

Thanks for that link sanderson. Amazing photos. Such diversity in nature.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/17/2016, 7:18 pm

Yes, moths are so....cuddly!
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Post  AtlantaMarie 2/18/2016, 7:54 am

Beautiful!

I'd have to wonder about #5 though - almost looks like a tarantula, lol!

Wish they had a pic of a luna moth... I saw one as a kid. It was sleeping on our screen door. My dad found it & showed it to me. I think I was about 7 or 8...? Absolutely gorgeous!
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