Friday, February 17, 2017

Critters, critters!

Garden Critters

I looked for the meaning of critters, and found that it is an informal word for any living creature, from a wolf to a spider! Oh so it would be correct to put what i am thinking of in this post. Originally, i thought it only refers to the small animals like the insects or spiders. I am glad i checked it first, that is the beauty of the digital age, and that Google is just a click away!


 I have been following this inside the room one morning, it bumped several times into the closed glass window. Then it dropped to the floor, i guess it died. Sorry! Or probably it got hit when something got its hind wings, a big part is torn.

 PALM KING, Amathusia phidippus

This is probably its partner, although i am not aware how to distinguish the sexes. It is not a butterfly but a moth, a big moth.
 This one is also a moth, but i completely do not know its ID

 a small butterfly on a Turnera ulmifolia flower

PYRALID MOTH, Doloessa sp(Pyralidae; Galleriinae)

Can you see the owner of this long house? Of course it is a spider, the web is there.

I touched it, and suddenly it crawled upward leaving a space at the middle. There you can see it on top of the long house. The long house is a decoy to show the predators that it might be big, or so that the predators will not see where the real spider is located. The house provides for a good mimic. 

15 comments:

  1. Amazing photos and info. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  2. I love the butterfly on the Turnera flower!

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  3. Love them all. Especially the butterflies. :)

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  4. That's right these are all critters, but more insects ! I love butterflies but otherwise I prefer the critters you can pet !

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  5. Hello, beautiful moth and butterflies. Lovely captures. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  6. What an interesting post. The first Palm King had been confused before I read about it. Even now I know that it has died, it still looks strange. Is there another creature under it? There looks to be a little golf-club shaped leg sticking out, which is different from the legs in the second picture. The spider is amazing. I don't normally like spiders. What does it make its house out of?

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    1. Hahaha, yes Nick there actually is a black something behind the dead moth. Maybe that is the head that protrudes behind the moth's head. I noticed that, i had hoped nobody will notice, i don't know what that is, maybe that's the one which bit the hind wing.

      About the spider, i guess its house are gathered debris from the surroundings. I saw a still shorter one with a smaller spider. Maybe it adds more to it as the owner gets bigger! Exciting, isn't it?

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  7. Nature is so clever! Your photos are just great.

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  8. Awesome photographs! As you know, I'm a big fan of "critters." I miss them during the winter, and it's so fun to find them and observe them during the warmer months. :)

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    1. Oh Beth really, i didn't know that you like critters. We have lots of them, but as you know i have very limited time at home even limited for doing the hoyas, so i can't document them. Even for just 2 hours around the house give me lots of finds.

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  9. Nice set of pictures - shame that the large one did not do well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. Great photos. That's an amazing spider. Your unidentified moths looks like it would belong to the Pyralidae family.

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    1. Thank you Mosura, actually i already asked for its ID in the PhiLep group but i forgot to copy the name.

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