We got a few sprinkles today. Hopefully you got a tad more than .01 inch that was in our rain bucket.

Checking on my tomatoes, I found this beauty in the smartweed. The smartweed was a volunteer in the garden. No jar for this one! Not all critters get to come inside. 😉

A side view of the Common Oblique Syrphid (Allograpta obliqua)!

Another angle!

Finally, I have found a cat on the Liatris! Furthermore, I have been searching for several weeks. In fact, there were multiple of them in one small area. So of course I brought a couple in from the wild to raise.

They have their heads buried! And mostly the head ends pointed towards the ground for those that I have found.

One of the cats I brought in yesterday was curled in a ball at the bottom of the jar.

However, it crawled back on to the Liatris a little while later. Inside jar photo. According to Wagner (Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America), some of the Schinias can be in the pupae stage for several years!

Judy’s Asp or Southern Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis) is doing well.

The collection has been growing. Indeed my fifteen charges keeps me busy! 😉 They started life with me in the jars as galls, cocoons, or larvae.

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Keep looking!

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


  1. That bee or wasp has a beautiful pattern on its body. Is it a wasp? Love all your cats. Cant wait to see end results.

    1. Ooops I forgot to put in the name of the hover fly, Common Oblique Syrphid (Allograpta obliqua). It only has one pair of wings so in the order of flies (Dipteres). Wasps and bees have two pairs of wings.

  2. That is a lot of pets to look after. Thanks for the pic because I had been wondering what you were keeping them in.

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