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Anybody here good with moths/butterflies?
I think I found out today that I really like moths. I was hoping the area where I lived would have something like the moth picture (Cecropia), because I saw some pictures and videos of it and I thought it was the most adorable thing. I looked online to see if there were any large, fluffy, colorful moths in my area ( butterfliesandmoths.org/checklists?species_type=1&tid=397 ).
The only ones I found were the polyphemus moth and the ceanothus moth. I'm particularly interested in the ceanothus because it looks like a smaller version of the one in my picture. I'm going home this upcoming February and I'm hoping maybe I can find one of these. I live on the outskirts of town so it's all forest behind my house.
How would I attract some? I was planning on using something sweet like honey but the adults, like cecropia, don't eat as adults and instead die out in a couple weeks. I have a manzanita in my yard but I've never seen any moths around it. And tips?
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I like boids. Let's talk about them some more. I just learned that Superb Fairy-Wrens sing "passwords" to their incubating chicks before they hatch, in order to discriminate their own offspring from the parasitic cuckoo chicks that get placed in their nests.
>"Fairy-wrens were known to discriminate against cuckoo nestlings on the basis of their foreign begging calls", said Sonia Kleindorfer, a Professor of Animal Behaviour and Ecology at Flinders University in Adelaide and Scientific Director at the Flinders Research Centre for Climate Adaptation and Animal Behaviour, who led these studies.
>The researchers found that incubating females produced an average of 16 of these calls per hour late in the incubation period, 4 to 5 days prior to hatching, ceasing this call shortly before hatching
>Not only was the signature element in each female's incubation call significantly more similar to the begging call produced by their own nestlings, but it was not similar to begging calls recorded from any other fairy-wren brood
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My cat is an inbred retard. He flops back and forth between being sweet, curling up in our laps and purring, and scratching us, hissing at us, and swatting at our legs when we walk by him. He also hates to be left at home; he's always upset when we come home from work, like he needs a constant companion. Whenever he gets upset, he stops using his litterbox and starts pooping everywhere.
I wanted to get another animal to keep him company when we're away, but don't know what to get. He gets on okay with our rats as long as we keep an eye on them. He's indoor, but we've seen him both hiss and be friendly with other outdoor cats through our glass doors. I was thinking of getting a small dog, but I don't know how well it will go. What's a good animal/breed to keep him company?