Nicely marked Purple-backed Cabbageworm (Evergestis pallidata) feeding on a sedum in flower. From the Franklin Park Zoo Nocturnal Insect Night.
Dreamy, naturalistic, and magical: illustrations by Becca Stadtlander
Whoa! Nice tattoo in a super painful spot.
Of course it’s all about the Cicada—-for me—-its overall shape but also its wings, folded back into such a beautiful shape from above. I love their sound. I guess it drives some people nuts. Okay, maybe lots of them. Traffic noise drives me nuts.
This is another one of my handmade teapots from China. You can find them at a nice tea shop.
My friend is perched atop a Pomegranate.
When I was growing up in Pittsburgh I would find the molted exoskeleton of a Cicada grabbing a tree trunk’s bark. Pretty weird and neat, too!
That pulsating line across the top of mister hornworm is his HEART! whoa! And the fact that it’s visible means he’s ready to pupate. I put him in a container for that purpose and wish him good luck during his transformation!
Great video of a beating insect heart!
Masked Devil, Cyclochila australasiae.
The ventral (underneath) view shows this cicadas amazing rostrum (its proboscis, mouthparts) which it uses to penetrate plant material to feed on its xylem.
The Masked Devil is thought to have a life cycle of seven years or more, most of that as a larvae underground, feeding on sap from tree roots. Large cicadas like the Masked Devil may survive as an adult for several months.
This individual (exhausted) photographed at the Heritage Rail Trestle Bridge, Mount Lawson state park, Victoria.
"exuvia" (pen & watercolor, 6”x6”)
Ouch, this one had to hurt.