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Old 10-29-2011, 02:54 PM   #281 (permalink)
 
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This guy wasn't at my house thank goodness, but out in front of a Bass Pro Shop and I snapped a picture with my cell.



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There is a pair of birds that watches me quite closely when I work in the garden. Sometimes I have to watch were I put my feet because when I use a rake or a hoe they are often between my feet looking for critters to snack on. I've even see the female (pictured here) eat a centipede!

When in a good mood, the male has quite a complex song. Otherwise, they both just use a clicking-like sound. They never seem afraid.

Female White-rumped Shama.


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Found this guy guarding my garden



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Kinda like having a mini-dinosaur. I read somewhere that the males are the ones with the horns (horny little guy?).
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #287 (permalink)
 
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I know katydids are a pest species, but I have an affection for them since I kept them as pets when I was a little kid. I watched this one grow up through her nymph stages into an adult over the summer last year. Really fascinating! I had plenty of plants around, so she never really damaged any one plant. Here she is on my favorite rose, Oranges n Lemons.

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Don't know what these are, but there are about 7 eating my Kalamansi (Filipino Lime). The smaller ones look like bird crap, but as they get larger, they take on this green color. I guess the pattern is to mimic a snake?



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Mystery solved - it is a Chinese Yellow Swallowtail caterpillar. Smaller ones look like bird crap, larger form looks like snake head, and the chrysalis (which I'm trying to find) starts green, slowly turns dusty brown from which emerges a black and white swallowtail. I didn't see yellow in the photos so I down't know why the name has yellow in it.
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Mystery solved - it is a Chinese Yellow Swallowtail caterpillar. Smaller ones look like bird crap, larger form looks like snake head, and the chrysalis (which I'm trying to find) starts green, slowly turns dusty brown from which emerges a black and white swallowtail. I didn't see yellow in the photos so I down't know why the name has yellow in it.
YUCK..... I dont like them things.. we have a lot of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail's here and they munch on my citrus trees . Plus they lay eggs in 15 different location on the trees under the leaves and hardly ever on a leaf where they been feeding .. Pretty to look at as adults but disgusting leaf eating critters as pupa or worms ...
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I actually saw some feral parrots when I was in Pasadena today. Four of them in a tree, eating some berries. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture, it was too cloudy outside.
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White Rumped Shama - male. Before, I posted another photo of the female from this pair. When they are in the mood, their song is beautiful, long & complex sounding. Most of the time, they just emit 'clicks'.

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I saw this green metallic beetle the other day. Does anyone know if this is the Pine bark Beetle? Or is it something else?
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Damn things are noisy as hell!!
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Great shots everyone!

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Western fence lizard. Female I believe.





Love the coloration on these guys.
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My little lizard friend that hangs around the patio.
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Great pics,

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Ha Ha he was a little nervous about my phone

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Technically these are my neighbors bees! But since I need to mow right next to them they become my problem... Or maybe ill just not mow ... Oh I like that idea.. But sooner or later someone needs to bee the bee guy and bee careful bee-cuze them things bee stinging ya....
They are attached to a black plastic bag she has over a stump to keep it from growing....

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