ネズミの様に鳴く、ウスタビガの幼虫 (by Aclerismoth)
OMG HOW ARE YOU REAL??
It took a bit of translation detective work to figure out what this is, but it turns out it’s the larval stage of Rhodinia fugax, or as it’s called in Japanese, ウスタビガ, “Usutabiga”.
Here’s one as an adult!
“I’m still adorable!”
(and don’t worry, I’m certain the person isn’t hurting it - the caterpillar’s just reacting audibly to getting touched lightly to try and scare the person away.)
THE SQUEAKY LARVA GROWS UP TO BE THE FLUFFY MOTH?
OH MY GOD THIS IS THE CUTEST BUG IN EXISTENCE.
I almost forgot that T. velleda is one of my favorite things.
Light Ermine Moth, Spilosoma canescens, again, but this time showing off the underside marking, and the vivid red under her wings.
She’s not dead. But as I suspected, a poisonous moth was much more complacent about being handled and posed than an edible one would be. I could have collected them by the handful, and they’d probably have just sat there.
I found these moths separately, and placed them on the tree together
I walked away for some time and came back to the little one hiding out under the larger one’s wing :3
Wait you found a Rosy Maple and a Luna at the same time.
Do you know how insanely jealous this makes me.
Sorry for neglecting this blog a bit. MothMod has had a bad week. :< Email queries will be answered tomorrow!
via: Now this is an example of mimicry at its finest! This newly discovered species (2005) of moth dubbed the Lygodium Spider Moth (Siamusotima aranea) is so named for its preference of feeding on Lygodium species, an invasive Old World climbing fern, and has markings on its wings that make it look just like a spider with orange, spindly legs! This moth mimics a spider so well that I couldn’t even tell what it was at first when I saw the picture from far away!
Not only is this moth significant for its unique mimicry behavior, which is believed to help it ward off potential predators, but also because of its voracious appetite for the Lygodium ferns, which have developed as an invasive weed that threatens Florida’s wetlands. Its discovery gives rise to potential biological control of the ferns in the United States.
The moth has other unique features, as well. For one, its caterpillar form looks more like some beetle larvae. The adult moth also has armored segments on its rear similar to those on beetles but unlike anything seen before in a moth. (source) Then of course, the uncanny resemblance to a spider which gives it the aranea part of its scientific name.
All in all, this is one fascinating ‘new’ creature!
A really old alternate universe where Zacria and Oxley’s species were a bit fuzzier and more moth-like in appearance, based on a really cute photo of a moth foot that Bel and I cooed over (I had to attempt to interpret it into something larger, which lead to this…). I’ve been meaning to post these for months but I kept forgetting…
It got progressively cuter though and they’re fun to draw in pchat with Bel’s Denby, help me?! I need to draw more canon things haha
Didn’t quite come out the way I wanted it to, but this is my moth girl character for my school project. Her name is Mona, and she’s in love with Sir. Wattson.
MOM, DAD, ARE YOU SERIOUS? THIS CAN’T BE LEGAL! SOMEBODY HELP ME! HELP!
DID YOU HEAR SOMETHING, DEAR?
NOPE. CERTAINLY NOT OUR DAUGHTER WHO CAN’T SEEM TO CONTROL HER RAGING HORMONES AND IS GROUNDED UNTIL SHE PUPATES.
TOMMY AND I LOVE EACH OTHER! YOU CAN’T KEEP US APART!
THE HELL WE CAN’T. IS YOUR SIDE TIGHT, HONEY?
TIGHT AS A DRUM.
OH MY GOD I HATE YOU GUYS!
IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, SHARON.
YOU CAN COME OUT WHEN YOU LEARN TO ACT LIKE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT, OR WHEN YOU ACTUALLY METAMORPHOSE INTO ONE.