Down in the Hole

Ok if you didn’t get out today, why not. LOL So I was out but did not take many photos because I was on a scouting mission with fellow NPAT instructors (FtW chapter) for the upcoming Prairie Seekers class on Saturday. If you didn’t sign up for this one, consider signing for the next one. 🙂

I am ready for the pupation of the Luna Moth cat!
As you can see the larva has started to turn dark. I certainly hope this is a good sign!
At home, we found this Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus) with yellow stuff. It was struggling so I will assumed this was not good.
Of course I tried to help her get upright again. She grabbed a twig and righted herself. Off she scooted away, but slowly. It didn’t look promising for her survival. And just so you know the straight antennae clued me in that she was in fact a female.
Most of time I ended up spotting the Leaf Beetle (Leptinotarsa haldemani) on a door or other hard plain surface. Today, I saw it on the Lyre-leaf Sage. Here was my chance to see it munching on a leaf. Indeed I could see it eating, but unfortunately for you my photo did not really show the action. 🤷🏻‍♀️

So for my afternoon walk, I got to witness this event. How delightful to see her cover her hole. Many wasps live in the ground. Additionally a mama of some species bury their larvae with a paralyzed arthropods like grasshoppers or crickets. The family of Thread-waisted Wasps (Sphecidae) do this behavior. However the family ID is tentative.

Bioluminescence in fish evolved 27 different times

Few studies focus on threatened mammalian species that are ‘ugly’

Keep looking!

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


  1. I posted my cats on iNat tonight Mary. There was a green one I could not identify. If you have a chance, would you take a look? The Painted Ladies have arrived on the fragrant white mistflowers. Good luck with the Luna Moth pupating.

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