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Plume moth-Family Pterophoridae

25 Sep

Plume moths are one of the most unique moths, in that when they are at rest, they hold their wings (which they roll up) lateral to their body, creating their signature resting ‘T’ shape.

I found this large plume moth resting on my kitchen window.

Can you see me?

29 Aug

Went for a family trip yesterday to a beautiful place called Rainbow Beach. We stopped a few times along the way, and I was able to get a lot of great pictures of many interesting things. I’ll post more of them tomorrow, but for now can you spot what’s in the picture? The camouflage is incredible!


What is it?

13 Sep

So, this time I decided to do a multiple What is it? post.  Trust me when I say that there are many strange and wondrous creatures out there and here are just a few.



Photo credit: amazingamazon.com.au


a. My worst nightmare

b. Goliath Stick insect

c. Amazonian tree grasshopper

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org


a. Mole cricket

b. My worst nightmare

c. Burrowing Southern cockroach


a. Belthar’s Dark scorpion

b. African Cave spider

c. My worst nightmare

Photo credit: orionmystery.blogspot.com

Photo credit: orionmystery.blogspot.com


a. A pumpkin seed

b. A leafhopper

c. Early instar (development stage) of a grasshopper


a. My mother when I told her I was moving out.

b. Totally photoshopped image of jumping spider

c. The look my friend gives me when I say I love spiders

Hello world!

8 Jan

Well, I did it.  I started my “bug blog”.  I have such a fascination with not only bugs, but animals of every kind.  And honestly, I think I’ve worn out my welcome posting about this stuff on Facebook.  People on Facebook only really want to hear about nice things — not Giant Golden Orb Spiders the size of your hand.

I suppose the funniest comment I ever got was when I was likened to Ross from friends and his obsession with dinosaurs…and of course, his complete blindness to the fact that no one really cares about them as much as he does.  But strangely, I’m okay with that. Because the people that do get it, the people that do enjoy it, are who I’m aiming for.

This blog is a venture of love.  My love for all things creepy crawly….and even sometimes furry and feathered.  I know, that doesn’t fall under the Entomology umbrella, but this is my blog, so there.   And believe it or not, there are a handful of creatures I find absolutely no redeeming qualities in; flies, ticks and cockroaches.  I may possibly be able to be swayed by the giant hissing cockroaches, but the other two will meet the business end of whatever’s handy if they come across my path.

So, I hope you enjoy  yourself.  Take a look around, tell me what you’d like to see and be sure to send me all your buggy and animal photos so I can post them on the site.  If you have any questions, be sure to email me and if I can’t find the answer, I’ll find someone who can.  The email address is wannabeentomologist@gmail.com.

Until next time,