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glumshoe:

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glumshoe:

go-go-before-you-wake-me-up:

glumshoe:

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???

Monster

Pantropical jumping spider (male)

Bonus:

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

(she wasn’t interested)

August 16, 2019

Is it true that bees sometimes sleep on flower…

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:

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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

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June beetles be like:

Tonight, I watched a May beetle chase off this wolf spider:

I didn’t manage photos, because as the beetle walked into the arms of this spider, the spider did a combo ice-skate/teleport out of Texas (and possibly the galaxy) in absolute terror.

Spider is a Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida), and very large. Five times the size of the beetle, at least. To be fair, her mouth was full.

July 14, 2019

mossworm:Antlion larvae are well-known predato…

mossworm:

Antlion larvae are well-known predators that inspire countless movie / video game monsters but then their adult form is just a damselfly with anxiety

This is funny cuz it’s true

VICIOUS HUNTER!

JAWS OF TERROR!

pppbbbbtttttttttt

bbbbttttthhhhhhhhhhbbppppttttttt

although, to be fair…

BUTT SCOOT OF … uh… um… 

funny thing about the ferocious larvae, they can only move backwards. And in little short scoots. The second you dig them out of their little funnel, they freak out and just want to bury themselves, They are only powerful when they remain unseen.

Poetic?

Note: very few species actually make the funnels! But the ones that make the funnels, OH BOY DO THEY MAKE FUNNELS!

July 11, 2019

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to tiger swallowtails just never sit still or is that only my personal experience with them

like i see them all the time but theyre almost always doing like 15 mph  in every direction at once and never landing for more than a nano second 

Tbh the only time I’ve ever seen a swallowtail rest for longer for a few seconds was after mating and at the end of their lifespan 😅. They just never stop doin their own thing

Tiger swallowtail identification guide

Hot Tip: They Sleep at Night

Papilio: fat n’ lazy

Western Giant Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

This one slept in until 9:30 am (still asleep in the photo!):

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Also, if you have a bright day and a fast enough shutter speed, you can luck out if they find a nectar buffet:

Eastern/Western Giant Swallowtail

I know *technically* these aren’t all Tiger Swallowtails, but let’s get real, all swallowtails pull this crap and they deserved to be shamed for it. I mean, what is this?? I had this Black Swallowtail perfectly framed, then, she COMES DIRECTLY AT ME???

July 9, 2019

Come on, y’all know me, my pet horse skeleton,…

Come on, y’all know me, my pet horse skeleton, and (maybe?) my ice cream addiction.

July 8, 2019, 1 am

bogleech:this mite’s tiny high-up red eyesA lo…

bogleech:

this mite’s tiny high-up red eyes

A lot of people seem to assume that a mite or tick has a little “head” under its body like a beetle or something would but the head IS the body, they’re one fused piece, and a lot of them have eyes on the sides or top!!

Look at this chunky boy up there!

I don’t know anything about mites besides they’re arachnids, but my giant velvet mite friend always looked like he had a face to me:

This friend is from Liwonde National Park in Malawi, photographed November 2017.

July 6, 2019

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zyenakhsi:

anarchist-space-pirate:

causiane:

subjectzer0s:

toobookishtohandle:

m–ood:

Golden tortoise beetle transforming from gold to red

What

@gayterenus

When your 24 hour premium skin wears off

Alright, y’all. Bug nerd here. Yes, this is real. This is Charidotella sexpunctata. It’s able change color like this by filling and emptying its elytra (the wing covers) with water. The mirror-like gold effect is caused by it forcing water into separate layers of its elytra, smoothing them out to the point where they actually reflect light. By drawing the water out, the red pigment beneath is exposed. They do this whenever they’re disturbed as a defense mechanism, likely to mimic foul tasting lady beetles.

So, there’s a fun fact.

A spy

I have these in my yard!

The little turds do NOT cooperate for photos. The second they see you, they DROP off their leaves and you can’t find them any more. Their larvae eat morning glory and other nightshades, and they protect themselves from predators with fecal shields. 

Yes, that’s right. They cover themselves with their poop to keep predators from eating them.

I love them.

July 5, 2019

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tarantulajelly:

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pterygota:

glumshoe:

Insects? Relatively easy to identify. Big gaudy moths especially so. Bugs that people take photos of for identification tend to be interesting, memorable, and easy to recollect information about.

But spiders… spiders are little bastards that can be damnably difficult to one gend apart from another, and I resent this about them and that’s why all my favorite spiders are instantly recognizable species.

dont know whether to laugh or cry at the assertion in the first sentence

I am going to die laughing.

Friend, insects are a class. Spiders are an order. There are many more insects than spiders. So many more insects. More variations than you can imagine. Hyperparasites-upon-hyperparasites until the resulting adult wasps are so small they can’t be seen without a microscope. Hell, there are more species of insects just in and on your spiders than there are big gaudy moths in all of existence.

There is an order of insects that exists only between the abdominal body segments of wasps.

Even some butterflies are visually identical and can’t be identified to species without dissection, just like many spider species.

If you want to lament the tribulations or spider identification, why not point fingers at the spiders for being horny turds who keep inter-species mating and producing viable offspring, throwing a wrench in the whole species ID keys where you look at their privates.

Don’t mind me, I just keep getting thrown into a blind rage every time I see these green planthoppers that have been vastly under-studied and lacking in ID keys. There are three species in my area and they all look essentially the same. I thought I cracked the code and wrote up a big thing on telling them apart. But there are monographs locked away in someone’s desk and according to them, I’m wrong, but without DNA sequencing, I’ll never know. My yard is full of the bastards. They hang out on the sunflowers growing outside my window and stare in at me.

June 20, 2019

MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO SEVEN BILLION HESPERIIDAE WITH SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SHAPED DOTS ON THE WINGS NO IM NOT BITTER WHY YOU ASKIN

THIS BITCH

The genus is Pyrgus, the Checkered Skippers. If you live in an area that has more than one species, you can’t identify the females. If you want to identify the males, here’s some handy tips from Bugguide:

STARE AT HIS PRIVATES, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY

PS: Have you ever tried to catch a skipper butterfly? Good luck!

June 20, 2019