Sunday, August 26, 2012

Candy-striped Leafhopper ( Graphocephala coccinea)

The Candy-striped Leafhopper is only about three eights of an inch long.
They shoot drops of liquid from their rear ends named honeydew.
Candy-striped Leafhopper feed by sucking on plant juice and they take in a lot of fluid to get the nutrients.
They get rid of the excess by forcibly shooting liquid droplets from their butts.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius)

Butterflies have four distinct stages in their life cycle :
egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and the butterfly.
The eggs usually are laid singly on the larval host plant.
The caterpillars that hatch from the egg feed on the host plant.
When full grown, the caterpillar sheds its skin and transforms
into a pupa. This is called chrysalis in the case of butterfly.
After 10 to 20 days, the butterfly emerges from the pupal case.

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