…a species of many-plumed moth (Alucitidae) which is native to parts of Europe, but has been introduced into North America. Like other members of its family A. hexadactyla does not have the typical two pairs of scaled wings other moths have, instead it has ~20 thin plumes (which are also lined with small scales). Adult A. hexadactlya can be seen flying throughout most, if not all, of the year. A. hexadactlya caterpillars feed almost exclusively on honeysukle (Lonicera spp.) and are leaf miners, which means they will tunnel inside the leaf to feed whilst avoiding predators.
Also known as the Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth, the longhorn moth is a small (16-23 mm) diurnal species of Fairy Longhorn Moth (Adelidae) which occurs in northwest Europe. Like other members of the family Adelidae only male N. degeerella possess extremely long antennae which can be up to five times their body length. These long antennae help the males pick up pheromones put out by females with ease. Adult N. degeerella typically inhabit damp forests and will fly during the day from May to July. Adults will feed Persicaria bistorta, Leucanthemum vulgare and various nettle species. While caterpillars will feed on birch leaf litter.
Spanish Moth (Xanthopastis timais), family Noctuidae, native to the SE United States, as well as Central and northern South America and the Caribbean, but occasionally found wandering up the East Coast of the U.S.
In my experience, when pressed ants are more interested in self-preservation than food when it comes down to it. This is perfectly understandable. So, like I did so many thousands of times as a boy, I blew on the ants, expecting them to scatter and reveal whatever food source they were on and go running. Nope. I also noticed there were no trails of ants going off to or from a nest.
Anyone seen this before?
Fire ants by any chance?
Or are they all gone from the US?
Nope, not fire ants, but I’m afraid my myrmecological skills end just about there without hitting a good research library to grab some formicid books for ident purposes.
sr-ricos said: when I’ve seen something similar, they were transporting their larvae to a new location. At least I saw some of them carrying larvae, but I’m no entomologist
I’ve seen that before, too, but they weren’t traveling from one location to another, and I found no objects in any of their mandibles whatsoever. Interesting.
gryffinthesnake said: THAT IS TERRIFYING WHY WOULD YOU GET THAT CLOSE TO IT
If you get to know them a little bit ants are really fun, charming little creatures. At least fascinating, if you don’t look at them the same way I do. I personally am biased and have quite the affinity for them. They’re old childhood friends of mine, really. I can’t even begin to calculate how many blissful hours were spent just watching ants.
While it’s difficult to make out many distinguishing characters I think it’s likely that these are Pavement Ants (Tetramorium caespitum). This may be a battle between rival colonies. This is a common behavior for this species.
…a species of Oenosandrid moth which is the sole member of the monotypic genus Oenosandra. Boisduval’s autumn moths are endemic to the southern half of Australia, including Tasmania. Boisduval’s autumn moth caterpillars are commonly associated with and feed on Eucalyptus spp.