This is a re-drawn version of a lino I have in my shop.
I have plans for these Pupae.
As larvae mantispids ride on the backs of spiders and make their way into the egg sacs where they feast on spider eggs whilst completing their development. They pupate within a silken cocoon within the spider egg sac. Some mantispids play this game with bees, completing development in the bee's larval chambers and successfully escaping the hive without detection.
[February 25, 2016]
Update: The pupa plans have come to fruition!
More to come.
The hemolymph of the blister beetle contains cantharidin, which causes blistering on contact with skin if the beetle is disturbed (by rubbing or crushing). The beetles are actually used as an active ingredient in some wart removers. This particular genus (Meloe) is known as an oil beetle or short-winged blister beetle.
Interesting creatures though they are, it is hard to go by my previous convention and label this "earwigs rule", though this too, is a unit of measurement (see days 48 & 49). The earwig is in a defensive posture.
Side Bar: I wish my camera was able to properly focus on the gold ink.
And just for posterity, no, they do not purposely climb into people's ears and lay eggs.
You may breathe your sigh of relief!
The inspiration for this comes from antique rulers considered Imperial Japanese treasures. The rectangular drawing of the stag beetle above represents one unit of measurement (such as an inch or centimeter), and the entire ruler is then a succession of ornately drawn plants and creatures along its length. Ten units in all. Fancy!
The real rulers feature birds, plants, and hoofstock, but are similarly colored.
Another suggestion from Unstuck was to name seven things based on a prompt, such as "7 reasons to send back soup". One of the prompts was "7 names for a shrimp," so naturally I thought shrimp... mantis shrimp... mantis! Here are 7 names for a mantis.
This has been a much busier than anticipated year for me so far and keeping up with the Bug-A-Day challenge has been difficult. I called in some help in the form of Noah Scalin's book Unstuck for some creative ideas. The idea here was to create an acronym out of an ordinary word.
This catalog was in my mailbox this morning. It comes periodically and torments me with its ineffably beautiful flowers that I cannot afford. A small act of vengeance, I drew these over-sized lantana lace bugs on their lantana with a sharpie marker. I dislike lantana anyway, abominable weed. Kill!
Lacewings are wonderful insects. Not only are they beautiful, they eat mass quantities of harmful bugs in your garden. Their larvae resemble little alligators (though, one could argue, more voracious than alligators).