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December 26 2020

Regal Moth

Tags: Bugs

This handsome chap is a late bloomer.

Like a lot of us, the regal moth has a troubled youth. Known as a hickory horned devil before transitioning, this moth usually hangs out around nut-producing trees that we don't use in our arrangements. So, it's a minor mystery how it showed up at the shop.

Compare with our friend giant leopard moth.

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September 15 2020

Snacks!

Tags: Bugs

Say hello to our neighbor Snacks.

They are non-binary, for now. The sex of Snacks has not presented yet. It takes a while for their species. We know they are definitely not a bug. Our blog's taxonomy isn't woke.

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May 28 2020

I'm So Fancy

Tags: Bugs

You already know.

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March 08 2020

¿Quién es?

Tags: Bugs

Yo no sé.

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October 11 2019

Ello!

Tags: Bugs

Ello!

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August 29 2019

This Sombitch Got Inside The Van

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February 22 2019

Lady Buggin'

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January 05 2019

Do You Ootheca?

Tags: Bugs

We have a pretty sweet terrarium in our kitchen at the LoCoFlo Studio. Our friend Irene picked it up on the side of the road a few years ago. It has showcased many wedding dioramas featuring calacas (Mexican skeletons) and has been home to several pupae (totally Kafkaesque - majorly).

This winter, some new tenants moved into the terrarium: The Oothecae (check out the pronunciation). Ootheca are egg cases where baby praying mantises gestate.

These nut-like cocoons frequently hitch a ride on evergreen branches that come into the shop - especially arborvitae. Anytime we see them, We clip them off and store them in our terrarium until Jess can remember to bring them to Bloomhouse. (Praying mantises are good for flower farms: They eat bugs that are harmful to flowers.)

Brittney was the first on the staff to identify the oothecae, and (because she's weird) had the word "ootheca" as part of her normal vocabulary. However, she mispronounced it saying "oo-oo" like a monkey. Or like ululate, which I did after learning more about the little time-bombs I thought were benignly hanging out in our kitchen..

When LoCoFlo MVP Kira told me the warmth of the shop might trick the baby mantises to hatch early, I had a mini freak-out. After some quick math (5 oothecae x 200 baby praying mantises per ootheca = LoCoFlo shop disaster) I threatened Jess with Trumpian revenge if she did not transport the oothecae to her farm before they exploded:

Gross!

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November 09 2018

Mondo!

Tags: Bugs

Not a bug, but high-stylin'.

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April 15 2018

Giant Leopard Moth

Tags: Bugs

What has two thumbs, starts out as a woolly bear, and turns into a leopard?

This guy (without the thumbs).

Compare with our friend regal moth.

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April 01 2017

Angle Shades Caterpillar (probably)

Tags: Bugs

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