Category: at home

Live from my bedroom window: Obscure Bird Grasshopper 👌
Check out those pecs 😍

September 6, 2019

finishing up edits to Audubon Article #2, this time about my yard (and also bugs + birbs) and want to actually come up with a headline for it myself this time and 


I’m trying to get intrusive thoughts of “my weeds bring all the birds to the yard” out of my head so I can actually think of a headline they might actually put on their website [link] and it’s not happening.

August 19, 2019, 12:45 am because of course my deadline was August 18






a few money-saving tips for millennials

-Instead of buying coffee each morning, make your own at home before you leave for work. Those dark roasts really add up! Buy just one drink per week and make it a special occasion to savor and look forward to.

-Stop costly ‘vampire power’ drains by unplugging appliances when not in use. Use power trips when possible for east turn-offs and avoid plugging things into the wall.

-Employ the ‘30 day rule’. If you want to make a purchase, put it back and wait a month—if the urge to buy it has passed, it probably wasn’t worth it.

-Use grocery lists and stick to them.

-Prepare your own meals whenever possible instead of going out to eat—and host your friends at home!

-Cancel unused gym memberships and automatic subscriptions.

-Learn how to sew and cut your own hair. This saves a buttload if money if you’re not replacing new clothes or going to expensive trips to the salon.

-Use poison-testers efficiently. Paying someone to test your food for you can provide peace of mind and a sense of security, but it’s an expensive service, especially if you have many determined enemies! Buy, store, and prepare your own food in a room only you have access to, vary your diet, eat unpredictably, and you will only need to employ a poison tester for special occasions, like weddings or diplomatic missions.

-Learn to enjoy cold showers! Not only do they build character and increase endurance, but they’re good for the skin—and cut on electricity costs!

-Sell your guns! Bullets are expensive and extremely difficult to make, and subject to legal restrictions. In contrast, a good sword and a whetstone can last generations with proper care and be repaired with comparative ease. If ranged attacks are important to your home defense system, arrows are reusable and easy to make. Watch free YouTube tutorials instead of attending a class.

-Coupons, coupons, coupons!

-Dogs are high-maintenance, expensive, and can be difficult to train. They need high levels of attention and are vulnerable to bribery and treachery—even a dog that’s aggressive towards strangers can usually be thwarted with food or a familiar face. Spiders, on the other hand, are exceptionally low-maintenance, can go days or weeks without feeding, and can act as pest control. Allowing large, recognizable spiders to build webs over windows and door frames inside your home will serve as a strong deterrent to most intruders, and broken webs can act as warning clues that something is amiss.

-Quality over quantity. It’s fair cheaper to buy one pair of high-quality $300 shoes that will last you a decade than to buy thirty pairs of $30 shoes that fall apart after a few months.

-Make your own gifts to give to friends and family. Picking up an artistic craft or hobby may seem superficially worthless, but the social obligation to give expensive presents is a major money-suck. Your loved ones will appreciate the handcrafted, personal quality of your gifts—and customizing them will allow you to create secret compartments in which to hide listening devices, illicit materials, and/or coded messages.

-Only use ATMs affiliated with your own bank to cut withdrawal fees.

-Get a library card and USE it! You can rent books, movies, music, and more from your local library for a fraction of the cost of using other services.

-Grow your own garden. Getting down on your knees in the dirt is great for stress-relief, and being able to grow and manufacture your own poisons eliminates the difficulty and expense of finding a trustworthy supplier. 

are we not going to acknowledge the poison-tester part bc i dont think im a part of the people that worry about that kind of thing

Look, it’s great if you CAN afford a poison-tester for every single meal, but some of us have to make the budget stretch. I know “just eliminate your enemies” sounds like a good plan, but in practice it just begats more enemies. 

(Trade secret: poison-testers will occasionally work for free, provided they’re hungry enough.)

Are we going to ignore that they suggested just letting a spider live there, rent-free? I don’t know about you, but that won’t fly in my household.

It won’t fly in your household because the spider will catch it. There won’t be any flies in your household if you listen to my wisdom. 

You would say no to this face???


Pantropical jumping spider (male)


What’s this? A sexy lady? *he approaches seductively*

(she wasn’t interested)

August 16, 2019


Cute! #butterfly #plants #nature #mariposa #lepidóptera

This looks like the same Gulf Fritillary butterflies we get up in North America! They range down into South America, too!

The caterpillars eat leaves from the passionvine. There are lots of varieties of this plant. Here are two in Texas:

Yellow Passionflower

Passiflora “incense” – I grow this vine in my garden and it takes over the entire back yard! The flowers are huge (see the spider in the right of the photo?) and hummingbirds will even come to feed at them.

August 15, 2019

Is it true that bees sometimes sleep on flowers? I just read it on a post but I don't know if they were trying to make a cutesy #aesthetic post or if it was based on actual facts

Honeybees no, but other species of wild bees do, especially when it comes to male bees as they typically don’t nest like females. With some species like cuckoo bees being an exception as females have been seen sleeping on flowering plants. Species like bumblebees, long-horned bees, blue-banded bees are also known to sleep in or on flowers. 

But there’s about 20,000 species of bees and majority of them are solitary so I’d say roosting on flowers would be extremely common along most solitary bee species.

This is what it looks like when a bunch of male long-horned bees look like roosting:






Bagworm Moth caterpillars collect little twigs and cut them off to construct elaborate tiny log houses to live in (photos: Melvyn Yeo, Nick Bay)

I had to look this up because i thought there was no way these little faerie cabin-building caterpillars were real

Theyre magical

I love every single species of bagworm. They are all wonderful. Yes, even the ones everyone hates as tree-killing pests here in the U.S. Here are some cool bagworm things:

  • In many species, the female never develops wings or in some cases never even develops legs, antennae or a face. She’s just a sausage-shaped egg factory who dies in her bag.
  • Two very different species are among the world’s few carnivorous caterpillars. One preys on snails and uses its bag to wedge into the snail’s shell. The other builds its bag OUT of body parts from the arthropods it eats and the smell attracts even more tasty things.
  • Some species not only have females that remain as “bagworms” but have parthenogenetic subspecies with no males at all; entire populations of caterpillars with no moths.

Do they build them first, and then crawl into them?

Do they have freakishly long arms that extend out from the bottom, allowing them to stack ever-higher?

Or perhaps they build them for each other?

Do they ever tweak the architecture, or rebuild from scratch?

They wrap themselves up in silk, just like when other caterpillars would make a cocoon later. Then as they go along feeding, they attach bits of their leftover food, leaves, twigs etc. to the silk bag. They can reach their whole body out of it when they need to stick something on!

As they molt and grow, they keep adding more to the bag around its open end, so the very tip of the bag is what they started with when they were tiny!

Here’s one where you can obviously see the difference between the “newer additions” to the bag (green leaves), and the more established parts (dried up leaves):

Unfortunately, all the bagworms I collected in my yard ended up being parasitized by braconids! Seems the bag doesn’t protect them so much after all!

July 23, 2019


A lively, freshly molted Zygoballus jumping spider. Most jumping spiders are super tiny. This video was recorded through a microscope.

May 23, 2017

Loved this little babe–they moved into one of my caterpillar containers and caught little gnats and plant bugs from their food. 

Reposted July 21 , 2019


The sticks have been molting every week–I’ve caught (and filmed) several molts. They seem to grow almost an inch with each molt, and they are starting to change colors. Originally green with white specks, the male is now a dark green/grey, female is green/gold/pink. They both have the spines on the two rear sets of legs seen in adults. Since adult Megaphasma denticrus don’t have wings, I’m not exactly sure how to tell when they are done growing up. 

They are big now, so they are also much faster, and cleaning the tank is an exercise in juggling giant sticks. As seen above.

May 24, 2017

The female (first photo!) was an adult in this photo series! You can tell they are done growing by how mature their… uh… reproductive organs are, and also by how well-formed the spines on their tibias are!

The male was still one molt away from being an adult in these photos.

Also, I learned: How do you keep them from constantly escaping while cleaning the tank? Turn the tank on it’s side! Granted, they still escape, but they have a much harder time finding the exit. Right now I have… uh… more than two, and usually only four of them can escape while I’m cleaning.

Reposted July 17, 2019


Was visited by a dobsonfly tonight. My first!!! I was so excited! My backyard has the best bugs

May 19, 2017

A beautiful lady! I had another one visit me this year as well. I am so blessed.

Reposted July 16, 2019


What can I say? Bugs just find me attractive.

Life hack: wear a headlamp out in the country at night, and you too can have giant beetles flying at your face.

May 17, 2017

Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus, who loved me (or at least my lämp)

Reposted July 16, 2019