Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The babies are growing, a weird moth and a strange planthopper

Wow, the baby Cardinals have grown a lot since last week! Their eyes are now open and they are getting some little feathers on top of their heads. I just hope they don't get the mites from their father! I had to snap a couple of photos very quickly, mom and dad were not happy about me being so close to their babies. They will be leaving the nest before I know it! Right now, they are keeping their parents on the go constantly looking for insects to feed their hungry youngsters.

Last night while I was hunting moths I saw something on the porch light that looked like a dead leaf. I knew that couldn't be, so I got my jar and caught it and coaxed it onto the sheet. I'm getting better at this every night! :) The critter turned out to be a Trumpet Vine Moth, a very strange creature indeed. I also got a good photo of a Cottonwood Leafminer Moth (left), not an easy thing to do because they are only 3 mm long!

I also noticed a moth that had something attached to its eyes. It was light yellow and on a little stalk. When the moth flew from the window to the carport, I was able to get a better photo of the "parasite" thing. Of course, I had to lay on my stomach to get the picture! When I saw it from the front I could see that the thing had split open and 2 yellow spheres were visible. I don't know if they are eggs from a parasitic insect or what. If I find out, I'll post the information.

I also saw a funny looking planthopper on the wall. I'm always amazed when I zoom in on a little insect with my 105 mm macro lens, it opens up a whole new world. The wings are HUGE in comparison to its body size!

1 comment:

Christine said...

Those baby cardinals are so cute; can't wait to see them with more feathers!