Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on its host plant, the passion flower vine
The lime-sized edible fruit of the passion flower vine is commonly called a 'maypop.'
Gulf Fritillary J-stage
When caterpillar is ready to transform from larva to pupa,
it goes into this position and sheds its exoskeleton.
Gulf Fritillary Pupa
On the same grape vine a few days later is what looks like a dried-up leaf.
This is the pupal stage of the Gulf fritillary butterfly.
Gulf fritillary adult
Luna moth (female)
Note the narrow antennae.
Male (L) and female luna moths (Actias luna). After mating she will lay her eggs on a host plant, perhaps the nearby black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) or hickory (Carya). Persimmons, sumac and birch trees are also host plants.
The male has noticeably wider antennae than the female. Neither have mouths and do not eat as adults.
They will only live about one week as adult moths.
Pandorus sphinx moth caterpillar
Early instar larva, Eumorpha pandorus, feeding on its host plant Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Blue Dasher perch
Dragonfly perched on an agave leaf at dusk
A living mosquito-eating machine.
Urbanus proteus, looks like a little blue fairy of the garden
Bébé mante religieuse, Mantis religiosa
Scorpions hide in the most beautiful places.
Wise and fierce in the garden