Cuerna Critters: May 4 to 17, 2014

The rains are becoming more regular and there is beautiful new plant life everywhere!

Observed May 11, 2014.
New plant life. Observed May 11, 2014.

The ground is once again sprouting a green carpet.

May 13, 2014.
May 13, 2014.

Many critters who have been absent for several months have returned. Here are just a few of the ones I’ve observed over the last few weeks.

Araneae:

1. Black widow (Latrodectus sp.):

I found this little guy hanging out on the porch mats.

Lactrodectus sp. (male). Observed May 15, 2014.
Latrodectus sp. (male). Observed May 15, 2014.

Nearby was a large female with gorgeous markings.

Lactrodectus sp. (female). Observed May 15, 2014.
Latrodectus sp. (female). Observed May 15, 2014.

Hemiptera: 

1. Cicadas (Cicadoidea): This season, I have only seen  the exoskeletons. But the characteristic buzzing of the adults up in the trees is amazingly loud!

Cicada exoskeleton. Observed May 14, 2014.
Cicada exoskeleton. Observed May 14, 2014.
Cicada exoskeleton. Observed May 14, 2014.
Cicada exoskeleton. Observed May 14, 2014.

2.  Bordered plant bug (Stenomacra sp.?)

Bordered plant bug. Observed May 14, 2014.
Stenomacra sp.?. Observed May 14, 2014.

3. Scoliid wasp (Scolia nobilitata?):

Observed May 14, 2014.
Scolia sp. Observed May 14, 2014.
Observed May 14, 2014.
Different view of same Scolia sp. as pictured above.

Lepidoptera:

1. Yellow-tipped flasher (Astraptes anaphus annetta):

This butterfly seemed to like the fuzzy pajamas I had hanging on the line.

Astraptes anaphus annetta. Observed May 4, 2014.
Astraptes anaphus annetta. Observed May 4, 2014.
Astraptes anaphus annetta. Observed May 4, 2014.
Astraptes anaphus annetta. Observed May 4, 2014.

2. White-striped longtail (Chioides albofasciatus):

Chioides albofasciatus. Observed May 4, 2014.
Chioides albofasciatus. Observed May 4, 2014.

3. Queen (Danaus gilippus):

This beautiful male sat fanning its wings for a long time and allowed me to get within an inch or two.

Danaus gilippus. Observed May 9, 2014.
Male Danaus gilippus. Observed May 9, 2014.
Danaus gilippus.
Same male pictured above.
Danaus gilippus
Same male pictured above.

4. Zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia):

These butterflies have evaded me for weeks. I was thrilled to finally get a few shots!

Heliconius charithonia. Observed May 7, 2014.
Heliconius charithonia. Observed May 7, 2014.
Same as picture above.
Same as picture above.

5. Clouded skipper (Lerema accius):

Lerema accius. Observed May 7, 2014.
Lerema accius. Observed May 7, 2014.

6. Victorine swallowtail (Papilio victorinus morelius):

Papilio victorinus morelius. Observed May 15, 2014.
Papilio victorinus morelius. Observed May 15, 2014.

7.  Variable satyr (Pindis squamistriga):

Pindis squamistriga? Observed May 14, 2014.
Pindis squamistriga. Observed May 14, 2014.

8. Tailed orange (Pyrisitia proterpia):

Pyrisitia proterpia. Observed May 4, 2014.
Pyrisitia proterpia. Observed May 4, 2014.

9. Iguala sootywing (Staphylus iguala):

Staphylus iguala. Observed May 11, 2014.
Staphylus iguala. Observed May 11, 2014.
Staphylus iguala. Observed May 11, 2014.
Same as pictured above.

Orthoptera: 

1. Grasshopper, unknown species.

Grasshoppers of all kinds are out in force. Many are very well camouflaged against the dead grass and leaves still littering the ground.

Grasshopper, unknown species. Observed May 4, 2014.
Grasshopper. Observed May 4, 2014.

2. Grasshopper, unknown species:

Grasshopper. Observed May 9, 2014.
Grasshopper. Observed May 9, 2014.

3. Grasshopper, unknown species:

Grasshopper. Observed May 14, 2014.
Grasshopper. Observed May 14, 2014.

Scorpiones:

1. Scorpion, unknown species:

Scorpion. Observed May 5, 2014.
Scorpion. Observed May 5, 2014.

2. Scorpion (Centruroides sp.?):

Scorpion. Observed May 15, 2014.
Scorpion. Observed May 15, 2014.

3. Scorpion, unknown species:

Scorpion. Observed May 15, 2014.
Scorpion. Observed May 15, 2014.

*Thanks to Sean McCann (@Ibycter) and Andy Warren (@AndyBugGuy) for identifying some of these critters.

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1 Comment

  1. ‘m Interested in nature photography. Nature is very rich in terms of life forms. It is important to protect life forms. A lot of species are goes completely extinct. We humans are destroying nature. People in need of nature and we must protect nature.

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