Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

What’s in a name? When I went through my file with moth pictures and tried to determine this moth, I first found the Dutch name, Zwarte C-uil (literal translation “black C-owl”). For this blog, I looked up the English name, which is the Setaceous Hebrew Character. It is interesting that in both languages, the name refers… Continue reading Moth Monday: Setaceous Hebrew character

Moth Monday: Double-striped pug

This Moth Monday the spotlight is on the Double-striped pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata). Both the caterpillar and the fully developed moth caught my eye, however at the time of discovery I didn’t know that they were the same animal! Last year in August, I first encountered the caterpillar. It creeped on a garbage bag probably searching for… Continue reading Moth Monday: Double-striped pug

Spider Sunday: Daddy long-legs

After a few weeks of not blogging because of vacation (I visited the gorgeous island that is Ireland) and sickness (ugh!), Spider Sunday is back! This time with a spider I wanted to add to my photographic collection for a long time. The (in)famous daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides). Normally, I see them everywhere. But whenever I actively… Continue reading Spider Sunday: Daddy long-legs

Spider Sunday: Labyrinth Spider

Today’s spider is the labyrinth spider (Agelena labyrinthica). Just as last week’s spider, it belongs to the family of the funnel-web spiders. Certain spiders build webs that are hardly noticeable until you walk in to one (eeks!). Not these spiders. They may very well be the architect among the spiders. Their webs are most often build on top… Continue reading Spider Sunday: Labyrinth Spider