My weather station's been displaying 99% humidity for some days now (the heat index is reading comically high every day -- it's 158°F today) and I finally got around to taking it down and see if some bug had made a nest in it again.
Good news is there isn't a wasp nest in it this time.
Bad news is the sensor is probably bad and I have to order a new one.
I really appreciate how modular this thing is. You can replace everything in pieces without having to throw away the entire head.
So at the end of A Bug's Life, the harvester ants are using Flik's automatic harvesting machines, which destroy the entire stalk and allow one ant to do the work of multiples.
Do they facilitate their own starvation by harvesting too much grain too fast for the grass to propagate itself? Or do they figure this out first, apply limits to harvest only enough to live comfortably with a buffer for emergencies, and then use the extra time after a shorter harvesting period to pursue other leisures?
Internet searches said that they will stop eating and go through a purge just before pupation, and they also leave their host plant to wander around, which is probably how I ended up finding him. But I couldn't tell if it was normal for them to stop eating while they were still green. Apparently yes.
They tunnel under leaf litter to pupate, so I gave him folded paper towel. He found a nice chamber and settled in and didn't move all day yesterday or today.
Quite different from raising monarchs!
For the last few days, I've been babysitting a Tersa Sphinx caterpillar that I found getting attacked by ants on the sidewalk. He was big and fat and green -- I tucked him into my shirt collar and rode him home. He refused to eat anything I gave him, though; I wasn't sure if he was about to molt or if the species of Spermacoce I had was the wrong one, and I couldn't find another. (No pentas, either.) He turned brown, but no molt for days. Doing me a concern.
He just pupated! Mystery solved.
YOU GUYS THE DRAGON PATTERN WORKS. Gonna tweak the neck just a smidge, but for the most part it's done.
Made entirely on an embroidery machine, in the 4x4" hoop (i.e. a size even the smallest embroidery machine can handle).
It's just a little over 3" tall, a little over 5" long. I'll put a picture of it with my hand for scale next.
#Zelda artist, anthro enthusiast, and friend to all dandelions.
Canon and AUs. I love RP! Headcanons abound.
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