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Stop Buggin' Me!!!!

Over the past few months, the creepy crawlies and the beautiful winged critters have captured my interests. During the hurricane Harvey, when I was in the garage, I saw a gigantic [Texas-sized] creepy looking moth that I have never, ever, seen before. Of course, I had to get my cellphone and click the clicker...



...Bud didn't know the species either. I thought maybe it was indigenous to Texas or maybe the subtropical areas. But, nope. They're found throughout Southeastern Canada down into the Americas. So, without further speculation, the winged guest was a Giant Leopard Moth.


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After the storm, clinging to the exterior garage wall was a exoskeleton of a Cicada [1] and walking along the trail of Oso Bay Wetlands I came upon a black beetle [2]. More specifically, a Black Caterpillar Hunter! [I think]



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At Hilltop Community Trail, I spotted a beautiful Viceroy Butterfly! Unlike moths with feathery antenna tips, the butterflies' antenna are clubbed...



...and further walking I came upon a White Peacock Butterfly.




...then in our own back yard I spotted and tried to follow this one.
A Black Swallowtail.




I don't know about you, but I tend to use the word bug loosely for any very small creature with legs.   Tho, true bugs have a stylet (a mouth shaped like a straw) that they use to suck juices from plants. Insects are characterized by three-part bodies, usually two pairs of wings, and three pairs of legs, (e.g., bees and mosquitoes). Arthropods (spiders, ticks, centipedes, etc.) is separate phylum from bugs and insects. All of this does not mean that you [and I] are wrong to call various insects bugs; because of the common usage of this meaning, I'm sure it's acceptable...so, stop buggin' me!!!

13 comments :

  1. That is a very unusual butterfly. I have read about Leopard Moths, and how huge they are. One of them could probably eat my cat. My favorite is the gorgeous White Peacock Butterfly. Wow, it is so beautiful!

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  2. Yep, I group them all together and call em bugs. I've never seen a moth like the one in your first picture.

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  3. I call all bugs to and we have everyone of these here except the first one. that leopard moth is gorgeous with those see through wings. have not seen one before. bob named me Madsnapper in 2002 when I got my first Kodak digital and snapped every single bug I could find. ever fly, beetle, locust and a shield bug on the mail box

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  4. Lots of creepy crawlies, no matter what you call them, Anni! (shiver)

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  5. Hello, I love the pretty moths and butterflies. Some of the other insects are a little creepy. Wonderful collection of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

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  6. So glad to see that the butterflies are alive and well in your neck of the woods.. Not so many here so some in our community are trying to raise them. About one out of ten makes it.

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  7. Your 'bugs' are all interesting and most of them are beautiful as well. We heard our first cicadas when we were in Texas... don't think they live up here in the PNW.

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  8. Some are so beautiful and others ,not so much. Great photos of all.

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  9. Marvelous bugs - ALL of them. Thanks to you I just learned the difference between the Viceroy and the Monarch.

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  10. The bugs that bother me the most are flies, roaches and ants! And I had no idea that praying mantis kill hummingbirds but then they also eat a ton of 'bugs' so I haven't added them to that list!

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  11. Nice to see the Viceroy. Have hardly spied a butterfly all season, here on my farm.

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  12. We have lots of bugs here in south Texas and it looks like its going to be a mild winter so I guess they will stay around.

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  13. You are very educating today! I like the butterflies better than the other critters - so pretty!

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