Friday, July 27, 2007

Creator Of The Butterfly Videos

Here's a video from the Los Angeles Bug Fair posted on youtube. Chris is the person who created those wonderful butterfly videos I posted in my blog previously. Very nice collections! I especially like the swallowtail and polyphemus moths :)

Wasps and Hornets

While searching youtube, we came across Amanda's favorite insects. She wasn't labeled the "wasp girl" and "parasitic girl" for nothing :)

First video is of a yellow jacket wasps' nest

The second video is of a bald-faced hornets' nest. We had one of these in our yard two years ago. Amanda thought they were interesting, especially after they started attacking her *rolls eyes*

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Interesting Insect Videos

I can't believe I haven't posted to my blog since May :( It seems I've pushed it to the side, concentrating on too many other activities. While doing a web search, I came across some wonderful videos on youtube on butterfly life cycles or butterflies emerging. I'm always amazed at these wonderful creatures and how they transform from bulky caterpillars to graceful "birds". The first one is of the phoebis sennae, or cloudless sulfur. This is one of those small ones I absolutely love!

The second one is the Sonoran blue. It's wing span is actually only an inch or so. They're located on the west coast, but are similar in color to our eastern tail-blues

The third is the pipevine swallowtail. I can never get enough watching them pump the blood from their fat little bodies to their wings

I'll have to search for more lepidoptera videos to post. My personal preference would be to find either cecropia moth or imperial moth cocoons. It's difficult to find them locally, as they are pretty much gone from this area. I'll just have to keep on hunting :)