“Hello There” Sphodromantis gastrica (African mantis) sub-adult male. The girls have been waiting on him to molt for so long. #sphrodromatisgastrica #sphrodromantis #africanmantis #prayingmantis #mantodea #mantis #nature #wildlife #animals #insect #bugs #science #entomology #exotic #pets #aliens #photography #mantismonarch #starwars #ewanmcgregor https://www.instagram.com/p/Byi_CDphWY1/?igshid=16e7rvp50otux
IF YOU PICK UP A TURTLE ON THE ROAD AND KEEP IT, YOU DIDN’T RESCUE IT, YOU ABDUCTED IT.
This message brought to you by my conversation with the second person in one day who came to my workplace asking how to take care of the box turtle they found.
Leave. Turtles. The fuck. In nature.
(Picture is a box turtle we found on our property and left the fuck alone after a few unintrusive photos.)
My neighbors keep posting on Ye Olde Nextdoore “DID ANYBODY LOSE A PET TURTLE WE FOUND A TURTLE.”
We live… next to THE RIVER. I guess some people are so far removed from nature that they don’t realize… turtles are wild animals!
It doesn’t help that the pet store sells the most common wild species here.
It also doesn’t help that some of the other neighbors posted “WE LOST OUR PET TORTOISE WE LEFT HER IN OUR UNFENCED FRONT YARD UNSUPERVISED AND NOW WE CAN’T FIND HER.”
And everybody else is now suggesting the multitudes of wild red-eared sliders people are finding are communally this singular tortoise (also this garter snake is a diamondbacked rattler ps I found a single spider in my yard who is the best pest control company?)
The worst part—nobody cares about learning how turtles and tortoises are different or how um snakes and spiders are good?
At least my neighbor contents himself with throwing mothballs over the fence (suppsedly they are anti-snake) and I content myself to not saying anything because he could be spraying, and he doesn’t (thank Mothra).
“Welcome this baby to the world” Phyllocrania paradoxa (ghost mantis) new born nymph. This one is a little scout, hatching a few days earlier than the rest.
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oh yeah! i saw a different arctiid moth doing that in nicaragua years ago:
Giant Leopard Moths do this
Here is one but not doing the yellow liquid. I have a liquid photo on the camera but haven’t uploaded it yet. Anyways, last winter my yard was swarming with the caterpillars (if you remember)
So elegant in the moonlight
Anyways last week I had three on the side of my house, so of course I had to have all three on my hand, and of course I carried them around the yard as I hunted for other bugs. But in trying to pick them up, one of them squeezed out the “no!” juice and I got some on me. No big deal, I don’t care.
Except I’m gross and I never wash my hands.
I’m also constantly rubbing my eyes.
Wash your goddamn hands after pissing off moths and carrying them around the yard, especially if they cover your eye-rubbing finger in chemical-defense liquid, okay?
“Pre-flight Check” Sphodromantis gastrica (African mantis) L9 female is about to make her travels… but first, a photoshoot. She’s definitely a light morph. So beautiful.
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