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I finally broke down and ordered internet, so look out…

for me to start answering my inbox again

:X

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bowelfly:

a package for me?

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could it be?

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it could!

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oh shit!!!

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YEAH BOI

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I am profoundly jealous of anybody who can keep an organized anything. Here are my reference/nature books

My “desk” books. This is actually my “dining table” and I had to move that pile of clothes and bags (WHY) out of the way. These are things I use frequently.

My other nature/reference shelf. It’s a mess.

At one point this may have been organized. Most of the books on the left are ones I use for outreach. The 500 Insects one is ESPECIALLY good for younger kids. Big pictures, beautiful bugs, no text besides species and location. Great art reference!

I really do need more “textbook” books for hemiptera and lepidoptera but oh boy they’re expensive.

October 13, 2018

Screaming Cicada Trees | Bonfire

Screaming Cicada Trees | Bonfire:

Cicada shirt fundraiser!

There is a great event coming up for all sorts of people doing nature education projects with young people in Texas. Hey! I do lots of nature education with young people in Texas, I should totally go to this! *looks at ticket prices* Oh…

Help me go anyway! Can’t afford a silly cicada shirt? Then share it with people you can! Same deal as last time—I have to sell 5 for them to print, and the more shirts I sell, the cheaper they are to print, and the more $ that goes to me. 

October 12, 2018

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On Insanity

My dear @endless—forms,

Don’t worry

This nutjob ain’t changing.

[top photos: me at the start of my love affair with BULL WHIP KELP in 1993]

[bottom photo: a legit love letter I wrote to an ungrateful boring plebe who was incapable of appreciating the finer points of banana slug mating rituals and for which reconcilliation was impossible, penned in 2005]

October 9, 2018

sewingfrommagic: botanyshitposts: nanonatura…

sewingfrommagic:

botanyshitposts:

nanonaturalist:

botanyshitposts:

not plant related I know but i was walking home and saw the biggest FUCKING caterpillar I’ve EVER seen in my life just LITERALLY chilling on a tree….i left him alone to go about his life but holy shit like…..🅱️ode honestly

Hey I know these sausages! My blog is mostly just me updating my Polyphemus Moth faterpillar livepost right now. For variety’s sake, I just took these a minute ago for this post.

I legit have a bug room where I raise these turds. Yes they have their own room

Can you blame me? Look at this sweet face.

Their poops are as big as their head.

Here’s Mama laying the eggs they hatched from!

Polyphemus moths are very common in North America, ocurring in every US state except not as much in Arizona or Nevada, and in Canada as well. They will eat just about every leafy woody plant except hackberry.

October 6, 2018

oh my god theres so many im dying

also i saw on one of ur other posts u brought them in to see a class of first graders and like do u kno how this would have blown my mind as a first grader…..im a sophomore in college and the sheer Sausageness is blowing my mind like i would have just lost my shit man 

@nanonaturalist eyyy! Do you raise them professionaly or for fun? I guess what I’m really asking is do you have a bug room in your house? If so, right on.

That depends on what you mean by “professionally,” “fun,” and “or”!

If what you’re really asking is “Do you really have a bug room in your house?” Then the answer is 100% yes and only because I finally moved the bugs out of my kitchen! I had grand plans for a workbench, but I’m also broke with no free time or energy, so I’d put it off. Recently, though, in desperation and want of using my kitchen to COOK FOOD, I asked my friends for advice, and my friends who raise tarantulas said they just use plywood and cinderblocks, and I went with that.

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The bug room was nice and organized for about five minutes, then it went back to looking like my kitchen, except now it takes up an entire workbench and not just a small portion of my kitchen counter. You can’t see from this photo, but there’s also a giant litter box and a stack of storage bins in front of the window the cats like to lounge in (six cats), so it’s not just a bug room.

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Where are the giant green sausages?! Calm down, they’re in here. Pop-up laundry hampers hanging from clothes’ hangers! On the left: Cecropia moth cocoons. On the right: Twelve (12) Polyphemus sausages. They’re at the stage now where they are stripping branches bare three times a day! Hungry babs!

BUT back to the question about if I do this “professionally” “or” “for fun”
The answer: Yes!

Fun
Are you kidding!? Look at these squishy sausages! I love these stupid turds so much I can’t keep them to myself. My favorite thing to do is share them with people. Obviously, that’s what I do on this hellsite. But I also bring them to schools (apparently), the grocery store (I mean, ya gotta), work (the flufferbutts need to get released on their own schedule!). I also bring them to nature day open house events, where I get to share them with people who show up specifically to learn about nature???

Professionally
Meanwhile… last year I joined a volunteer-run service organization called Texas Master Naturalists. When I joined, my chapter didn’t have somebody focusing on outreach, so I basically just started doing outreach on my own without being associated with any particular organization. But the people running my master naturalist chapter figured out real quick that I was The Person to Do Outreach. So, now I’m the Director of Outreach and Education for a 501©(3) non-profit organization… and one of the things I do for outreach is I raise caterpillars and bring them to schools and nature days. This is a volunteer position, so you could argue how professional I am, but nobody will deny I’m serious about it.

October 6, 2018

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nanonaturalist:

Boring text post

If I am not responsive to y’all, please know that it’s not because you’re annoying (you’re never annoying), or that I’m too good to acknowledge you (we are equals and I love you), it’s because my personal life has been profoundly stressful for the entire year and it is catching up with me while simultaneously becoming much worse.

In short, I have to find a new job before next summer, but preferably ASAP, because my employer is moving to Massachusetts (*clutches my sub-tropical caterpillars*), and they have not been good to me so I’m not going with them. The tricky part is the more advanced your education and experience, the fewer the job openings and oh boy do I have masters in engineering.

On the off chance any of you have connections that may benefit somebody looking for sciency/educationy/engineeringy/project-managey work in Austin, TX, please help a human out.

If you do not have connections, I will also appreciate photos of bugs and mushrooms and weird plants, and/or stories of fun things you find outside, because your joy in and love of nature is honestly the only thing that brings light to my otherwise dark and bleak days.

September 22, 2018

Seriously though, if I’m not responsive, I’m not ignoring you. Just stressed and busy with non-tumblr things. I’m doing my best but I can’t afford internet and the last thing I want to do right now is stay at work past 5 *looks at clock reading 7:30 pm* yikes

September 25, 2018

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Boring text post

If I am not responsive to y’all, please know that it’s not because you’re annoying (you’re never annoying), or that I’m too good to acknowledge you (we are equals and I love you), it’s because my personal life has been profoundly stressful for the entire year and it is catching up with me while simultaneously becoming much worse.

In short, I have to find a new job before next summer, but preferably ASAP, because my employer is moving to Massachusetts (*clutches my sub-tropical caterpillars*), and they have not been good to me so I’m not going with them. The tricky part is the more advanced your education and experience, the fewer the job openings and oh boy do I have masters in engineering.

On the off chance any of you have connections that may benefit somebody looking for sciency/educationy/engineeringy/project-managey work in Austin, TX, please help a human out.

If you do not have connections, I will also appreciate photos of bugs and mushrooms and weird plants, and/or stories of fun things you find outside, because your joy in and love of nature is honestly the only thing that brings light to my otherwise dark and bleak days.

September 22, 2018

nanonaturalist: lol whut Over 2,000 of you wei…

nanonaturalist:

lol whut

Over 2,000 of you weirdos want to look at caterpillar butts and read about me kissing moths and watch them pee on me?

I love you all. Please accept this gift:

May 21, 2018

What the heckin heck you guys 

Where did you all COME FROM????

In celebration of this momentous milestone, please accept this gift from a Northern Hairy Sugar Ant (Camponotus amphidus) from Malawi:

September 7, 2018

Your blog is so cool!! Thank you for sharing y…

Your blog is so cool!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences here 🙂 your enthusiasm is inspiring and contagious!!!

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The horde of Gulf Fritillary chrysalids appreciate your appreciation

September 4, 2018

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Okay y’all, going to use this momentary break from caterpillar madness to respond to asks/submissions/etc that have been sitting in my inbox for so long some of them probably have roots by now 😅

If you sent me something and I haven’t responded, it’s not because I don’t love you, it’s because (1) day job stress, like real bad (2) caterpillar stress (3) my data signal at home is so bad I don’t usually have internet access, but it seems like today might be an exception!

So hang tight 😘

September 1, 2018