Too fast…

Yesterday, I left off showing you the Milkweed Tussock Moth (Euchaetes egle) caterpillar. Fuzzy-wuzzy was he! Onwards, we go at the same stop.

The Praying Mantis egg casing was tucked under some greenbriar. I do not believe I have ever noticed it on greenbriar before.

A male Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) was a bit shy. However, as I edged closer for the photo, he would come back to give me another chance.

Mating! When I saw these two mating, I thought these were going to be the Yellow-collared Scape Moths, but to the contrary, they were the Grapeleaf Skeletonizer (Harrisina americana). Both species of moths have a collar. However this species, spreads its wings at rest. Its host plants are grapes. It was a new species for me. The caterpillars are a bright yellow with black warts/bumps. Now I need to find them too!

We were heading back to the car on the opposite of the road. And this light colored Garden Spider or a Banana Spider (Argiope aurantia) as I like to call them caught my eye!

In the same way a folded leaf draws my attention, a dark spot on a leaf must have a closer look.

At this angle, you can see why it is a leaf-footed bug. Specifically, it is the Leptoglossus oppositus. Likewise, many insects do not have a common name so leaf-footed bug will have to do.

Now I know this photo is really lousy, but it was very fast and uncooperative. It was the Antmimics spider (Castianeira amoena)! A blur is all you can see here. Go here to see what it looks like. Indeed, it is a pretty cool spider.

Bonobos and Chimps Appear to Have ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’ Greetings

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. Just checked my grape vine but the horrid critter that has skeletonized and rolled each leaf was the Grape Leafroller. Ugly green worm.

    1. Kathy, Kathy, How can you call it ugly??? LOL But I do want to thank you for leading me to another ID. After looking up Grape Leafroller, I now believe the the translucent caterpillar I showed you in the Movie Star post looks very similar. So obviously not Grape Leafroller but at least in the Crambid Snout Moths (Crambidae) family. So I looked further and honed in on Pokeberry /Pokeweed. I found one that seems to match…Obscure Psara (Psara obscuralis) Thank you!

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