Hogwort butterfly

Hogwort butterfly. Lifestyle and Habitat Habitat


Butterflies Brazhniki — Bright representatives of the vast world of insects. They are often called «northern hummingbirds» or sphinxes due to their large size and somewhat unusual way of feeding.

There are a lot of species of moth, each of them has its own characteristic color, a special pattern on the surface of the wings and back. So, the butterfly is a burgundy wine hogwash, like dark, red wine, and the Brazhnik Dead head on the back has an image that looks like a real skull.

The color of the butterfly depends on the vegetation on which it lives, on the way it is fed. Most Brazhnikov have a bright color, a pattern of oblique stripes on a bright background with large spots in the form of large eyes on the back.

In the photo, the hawk is dead head.

Characteristics and habitat of the moth butterfly

Hornwort is a rather large, heavy butterfly with a powerful, cone-shaped body and elongated wings, the span of which reaches 35 — 175 mm. The antennae of all Brazhnikovs are long, hook-shaped, with a pointed top.

The round, open eyes of the butterfly are covered with scaly eyebrows from above. The proboscis is strong, often longer than the body. The paws are equipped with several rows of sturdy spikes. The abdomen of Brazhnika is covered with scales, which fit to the end in a brush or a wide brush.

The front wings of the butterfly are large, have a pointed apex, along the outer edge they are even or carved. The hind wings are slightly smaller, they are noticeably mowed to the rear edge, and have a shallow notch at the end.

Brazhnikov caterpillars can be found on the foliage of elm, birch, linden, alder, less often chestnut, apple, pear from the end of June.Brazhnik Photos butterflies can be seen in this article, but live butterflies are much more beautiful.

Character and lifestyle butterflies

In nature, a huge number of species of Brazhniks live. They all lead an active lifestyle at certain times of the day: some in the afternoon, others at night, still others at dusk or early in the morning. Many of these types of Brazhniks are considered rare, they are listed in the Red Book.

Brazhnik flies very fast, in flight it resembles a jet plane that flies with a characteristic low hum. It occurs due to very frequent flapping of wings, per second the insect makes 52 flaps.

Many types of Brazhnikov resemble small birds such as Oleander hawk, Dead Head, Ordinary Yazyk and Wine Hogwarts, they travel great distances when flying from continent to continent or from one end of the country to another.

In the photo oleander brazhnik

Pictures with a butterfly are always bright and attractive. Ophthalmic hawthorn with a front wing length of 32-42 mm, has a wingspan of 64-82 mm. The front wings of the butterfly are stretched to the top, I have a carved edge in the lower part, painted brown with dark marble patterns.

The back of Brazhnik is decorated with a wide, brown stripe. The hind wings at the base of the body of the butterfly are pinkish red, against this background large spots appear resembling black eyes with a blue ring inside. The mustache of the insect is serrated.

Tobacco Hogwash lives in tropical regions of South America, occurs in the northern states of the USA. It is considered a pest of tobacco plantations, as this culture is the main food of insect caterpillars. On the abdomen, this hawthorn has an interesting pattern, consisting of six pairs of red — yellow squares.

In the photo, tobacco shred

Linden shred has a wingspan of 62 to 80 mm. The edges of its front wings are serrated. The color of the wings shimmers from olive green to reddish. Against this background, two large, irregular, often interconnected dark spots stand out.

Hind wings orange with a dark stripe. The caterpillar of this butterfly is green with red oblique stripes on the sides, the black pupa spends winter in the soil. Butterfly lives in deciduous forests of Europe and Western Siberia, in the gardens of Asia Minor and the Caucasus. Actively flies in early summer, sometimes in the early autumn, a second generation of insects may appear.

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Butterfly hawthorn

Most individuals of Brazhnikov feed on floral nectar, while they do not sit on a flower, but hang over it and suck in nectar with a long proboscis. This flight is considered the most difficult, it is aerobatics, not all insects possess it, but it does not contribute to the pollination of plants.

Some Brazhniki prefer to use bee honey. So a butterfly A dead head literally robs hives at night, hovering above them and imitating the buzzing of a bee, penetrates the hive, pierces the honeycombs with a strong trunk and sucks out honey.

Reproduction and longevity

Brazhniki butterflies live for several days, their lifespan depends on the reserves accumulated by the body at the larval stage. The entire life cycle is approximately 30-45 days, during the summer two generations of insects sometimes grow.

Hogwarts are insects that have a complete transformation cycle. It consists of 4 stages: an egg, a larva (or caterpillar), a chrysalis, a butterfly — an adult insect. Pheromones, which are secreted by the glands of the female, help the male find a pair of his species.

Mating insects lasts from 23 minutes to several hours, during which the partners remain completely still. Then the female almost immediately lays the fertilized eggs, in the clutch there are up to 1000 pieces in the clutch, depending on the species.


The testes attach to plants where there is enough food for the caterpillars. Brazhnik Caterpillars appear on the 2nd-4th day. They are very active, consume a lot of oxygen and food, which allows them to grow and develop quickly.

Caterpillars of the shredderhog are perfectly suited for survival: some species have bright colors, thick and hard hairs, others masking the color of the medium, streamlined body shape, some emit an unpleasant smell due to the accumulation of toxic substances in the body.

Most of them feed on the leaves of those plants on which they hatched. Forests and gardens do not bring much harm to the Brazhnik caterpillars, because they mainly eat only young leaves. They are especially active at dusk and at night.

Having gained enough strength and nutrients, the caterpillar plunges into the soil and pupates there. At chrysalis pupae below stands a small horn, which is almost all species.

The pupal stage lasts about 18 days, during which large changes occur — a complete metamorphosis of the body, a wonderful transformation of Brazhnik’s larva into a beautiful adult butterfly.

A ripe insect is independently freed from a dry cocoon, spreads its wings and dries them. Having found the opportunity to fly, the butterfly immediately goes in search of a sexual partner, so that the life cycle of this creature is not interrupted.

Most types of Brazhniks are in the Russian Red Book, as well as in the regional Red Books. These insects destroy many weeds and simply decorate our world.


Facts About Lizards

Lizards are reptiles. There are over 4,675 species of lizard, according to the San Diego Zoo. Others sources say there are about 6,000 species. Included in this large number are lizards with four legs, some with two legs and some with no legs at all; lizards with frills, horns or wings; and lizards in nearly every color imaginable.

Lizards generally have small heads, long bodies and long tails. With so many species of lizard, it’s understandable that they come in a wide variety of sizes. The largest lizard is the Komodo dragon. It grows up to 10 feet (3 meters) long and weighs up to 176 lbs. (80 kilograms). The smallest lizard is the tiny dwarf gecko, which grows to 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) long and weighs .0042 ounces (120 milligrams).


Lizards are found all over the world in almost every type of terrain. Some live in trees; others prefer to live in vegetation on the ground, while others live in deserts among rocks. For example, the Texas horned lizard is found in the warm areas with little plant cover in southern North America. The northern fence lizard, on the other hand, likes to live in cool pine forests in northern North America.

Komodo dragons have long, forked tongues that they use to help smell and taste. (Image credit: Sergey Uryadnikov / Shutterstock)


Most lizards are active during the day. Lizards are cold-blooded animals, which means they rely on their environment to help warm their bodies. They use the heat of the sun to raise their body temperatures and are active when their bodies are warm. The sun also helps lizards produce vitamin D. Their days are spent sun-bathing on rocks, hunting for food or waiting for food to come their way.

Some lizards are territorial, while others can easily live with dozens of other lizards of many different species. Other than mating times, most lizards are not social, though. There are some exceptions. For example, the desert night lizard lives in family groups, according to research by the University of California.

A lizard’s scaly skin does not grow as the animal ages. Most lizards shed their skin, or molt, in large flakes. Lizards also have the ability to break off part of their tails when a predator grabs it.

Many lizards are carnivores, which means they eat meat. A typical diet for a lizard includes ants, spiders, termites, cicadas, small mammals and even other lizards. Caiman lizards eat animals with shells, such as snails.

Other lizards are omnivores, which means they eat vegetation and meat. One example of an omnivore lizard is Clark’s spiny lizard. These lizards like fruits, leaves and vegetables.

Some lizards are herbivores and only eat plants. The marine iguana, which lives in the Galapagos Islands, eats algae from the sea. Iguanas and spiny-tailed agamids also eat plants.


Many lizards lay eggs while others bear live young. For example, frilled lizards lay eight to 23 eggs, according to National Geographic, while some skinks have live young. The gestation for a lizard egg can last up to 12 months.

Most baby lizards are self-sufficient from birth and are able to walk, run and feed on their own. The young reach maturity at 18 months to 7 years, depending on the species. Some lizards can live up to 50 years.

A wild brown basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus), photographed in Guatemala. The animal is nicknamed Jesus lizard for its ability to run across water. (Image credit: Ana Balcarcel)


Here is the classification of lizards according to Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS):

Kingdom: Animalia Subkingdom: Bilateria Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Infraphylum: Gnathostomata Superclass: Tetrapoda Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Suborders: Amphisbaenia, Autarchoglossa, Gekkota, Iguanias, Serpentes

The suborder Dibamidae, with the genera Anelytropsis and Dibamus, may also be included, though ITIS says these categories have «uncertain position.»

Conservation status

Lizards vary in their conservation status, much like their traits vary. Many, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, are endangered or critically endangered, meaning they may be close to extinction. Some lizards that are critically endangered include Campbell’s alligator lizard, St. Croix Ameiva, Frost’s arboreal alligator lizard, Be’er Sheva fringe-fingered lizardand the Doumergue’s fringe-fingered lizard.

Other facts

Frill neck lizards have a large, round collar of skin that pops up when they are trying to intimidate attackers.

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The green basilisk lizard can run on water at about 5 feet (1.5 m) per second for 15 feet (4.5 m), or more according to National Geographic. Their special feet give them more surface area to hold them up and as they run, they create air bubbles that keep them afloat.

Chameleons’ tongues are longer than their bodies, and their eyes can look in two different directions at once.

You can shine a light in a banded gecko’s ear and the light will come out the other side, according to the American Museum of Natural History.

Two species — the Mexican beaded lizard of western Mexico and the Gila monster of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, are venomous, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.


Top 9 Strange Looking Flowers In The World

How do flowers inspire us? The flower symbolism started from ancient times onward. The flowers symbolize love, affection, friendship, beauty and morality. There are also many strange looking flowers that catch our attention in no time. Here list of 9 strange looking flowers in the world.

9 Black Bat Flower

The black bat flower or tacca chantireri is an unusual flowering plant that found in Thailand, India, Malaysia and East Asia. As its name indicates the plant has unique bat-shaped purple-black flowers. This bizarre flower grows 12 inches across and has long stems which reach up to a length of 28 inches. The long black stems or whiskers make ‘bat in flight’ like appearance of this bizarre flower.

The bat flowers grow best in tropical regions with high humidity. The plant blooms in midsummer, typically in black color. The bat flowers also come in brown, green and maroon.

8 Happy Alien Flower

This bizarre looking perennial plant is native to South America. The happy alien plant is also known as ‘Darwin’s slipping flower’. This strange plant was discovered by Charles Darwin in between 1831-1836. The flower look like happy faced alien with empty white tray in its hands. The happy alien plants are also found in rocky alpine terrains of the Southern regions of South America. So for an observer it looks like a totally strange flowering plant in an alien planet.

The happy alien plant bloom in summer season. The unusual flower has a height of 2 inches and a punch like shape. The happy alien flowers display a combination of orange and yellow. The throat of the flowers is in deep red and also has a white band inside the tray like part of the flower.

The unusual shape of this flower also attracts small birds like hummingbirds and they like to eat the white and lip like part of the flower. The pollen from upper part of the flower also settles on the body of birds during their meal. It helps happy alien plants in pollination.

7 The Swaddled Babies Orchid

The exotic swaddle babies orchid or anguloa uniflora flowers are native to Colombian Andes of South America. The flowers have an opening in their upper parts and inside look like a swaddled baby. The flowers also have a hinged lip. The anguloa uniflora plant bloom in summer. The large waxy flowers grow 10 cm across and they are very fragrant.

Like the unusual shape the pollination mechanism of anguloa uniflora plant is also interesting. When a pollinating insect enters the flower to drink the nectar they shoved against the column of the flower where pollen is located. This is the trick used by anguloa uniflora orchid for pollination.

6 White Egret Orchid

White egret orchid or pecteilis radiata is a strikingly beautiful flowering plant native to Asia. It is also known as fringed orchid and Sagiso. The plant blooms in summer and have attractive pearly white flowers. The flowers look like the snowy egret bird in flight. The small flowers only have a width of 4 cm. The pristine white petals look like the tail of a bird. The plant also features large nectary which grows up to a length of 8 cm.



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Coneflower (Echinacea)

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