Tag: Nature

Bloodsucking Conenose (The Kissing Bug)

Family connections are curious. There are those which are reputedly good and those not so good. Every teenager has endured a warning about associating with someone from a bad family. The discussion usually includes a lot of justification on… Read More

Pines

“To earth, and every common sight, to me did seem appareled in celestial light,” so wrote William Wordsworth, noted 19th century English romantic poet. Wordsworth began his life in scenic northwest England.  Benefiting from a privileged birth, he… Read More

Spiders

Spiders have long been credited with a high degree of malevolence.  Possessing eight legs, but completely silent and lurking in dark recesses has not helped with the public image challenge. Hollywood has played on the public’s revulsion of… Read More

Hickory Horned Devil

The hickory horned devil is among the largest of our native saturniid caterpillars. It is 12.5 to 14 cm in length – about the size of a hot dog. The caterpillars vary slightly in color, but are commonly blue-green…. Read More

Regal Moth

Hickory horned devils become beautiful regal moths! The regal moth has a wingspan of 9.5 to 15.5 cm. Females are larger than males. The forewings are gray to gray-green with orange veins and a row of seven to… Read More

Luna Moth Caterpillar

These bright green full-grown caterpillars are 55 to 70 mm in length. There is a yellowish-white sub-spiracle line on abdominal segments one through seven and posterior yellow lines extending across the dorsum of segments one through seven to… Read More

Yellowstriped Oakworm

The first stage caterpillars are yellow with a black head and two prominent horns rising from the second thoracic segment. The second stage caterpillars retain the yellow to yellow-green color and are slightly larger. During the third and… Read More

Azalea Caterpillar

Young caterpillars feed in a cluster side by side unless disturbed. These first instar caterpillars are approximately 3/8 inch long after feeding for eight to ten hours. They remain gregarious and soon devour the entire leaf.   As… Read More

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Larvae have a dark-gray to brownish-black background body color, highlighted by broad, pale- blue lines and thin, broken yellow lines extending along each side. On the dorsum of each abdominal segment is a distinct, whitish keyhole or shoeprint-shaped… Read More

Tomato Hornworm (Moth)

The adults are large moths with stout, narrow wings, and a wing span of about 100 mm. The forewings are much longer than the hind wings. They are dull grayish or grayish brown in color, though the sides… Read More