Looking for a mate

What do you think? Is it starting to feel like summer? In fact, when I was out a couple of days ago, the insects buzz seemed to be getting louder. A sure sign of summer for me.

This girl has built a cylinder shaped cocoon for her babies. She must have found her mate.
Interesting looking spider!

So when I got this angle I thought upside down kitty. LOL

An absolutely beautiful green Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis) nymph! I really admired the tiny wings.

A nest box in our woods has never had a bird nest occupy it. However, the Funnel Spider decided it would fit its needs perfectly.
So here was my opportunity to see the back side of its web. I did not see a spider but it was very interesting construction. FYI, the sticks might be a nest attempt by a wren sometime ago.

A beetle meal!
On May 14, 2023 Jeanne found this beauty crawling across the gravel at her house. When a cat is crawling in the open it is most likely looking for a place to pupate. Also because of the angle and it had mostly likely it had started to change color it was not possible for me to ID it. A sphinx was the best I could do.
So I suggested to Jeanne to put it some dirt and I would be happy to add it to the Curry Zoo. 🙂

By the time I received it the larva had buried itself under the dirt. Certainly was a whopper of a pupa!

It had emerged last night!

Indeed, a lovely specimen of the Waved Sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa)!


It stayed there all day. Perhaps it was waiting for dark? The adults do not feed, but the larvae feeds on Green Ash (Fraxinus) and oak (Quercus) and other woody plant leaves.

Happy hunting for your mate!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. I love that funnel spider web! 🕷 Maybe we should check out that new National Recreational Trail in McKinney? Very interesting article about Homo naledi.

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