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Encountered a squishy accordion boi that stretched out long when I took a pic while walking home today. @nanonaturalist what is this? D:

Polyphemus moth!

I love them!

August 28, 2019

nanonaturalist: The sticks have been molting e…

nanonaturalist:

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

nanonaturalist: What can I say? Bugs just find…

nanonaturalist:

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

nanonaturalist: So the thing with fire ants i…

nanonaturalist:

So the thing with fire ants is, you build up a tolerance to the venom. When I was mowing the front lawn (and pulling up Saint Augustine, which I hate), I disturbed a mound. Eh, whatever. That’s why I double up on the gloves. Some managed to get on the sleeve of my shirt, and one had crawled inside. I wasn’t sure if she’d stung me or not. 

A couple hours later, a spot on my arm started itching. I thought I had a mosquito bite. The bump was the right size. 

When the bite started to hurt a little when I scratched it, oh boy, yup, fire ant got me. She was a bigger one, too. I guess that explains how massive her gift to me is. 

Keep in mind: getting one fire ant sting is not usually how it goes. I had a coworker who gardened in shorts and showed up with hundreds of stings completely covering his shins after a weekend. Imagine if I hadn’t been wearing two pairs of gloves and long sleeves, and hundreds of ants covered my arms in these things! 

So yeah, fire ants. If you don’t have them, be thankful, and if you do have them, be careful! 

July 11, 2019

Oh lord how is it still getting worse

My entire arm is swollen

Size of a baseball? I don’t know sports??

The ITCHING

I practically emptied a tube of hydrocortisone on it (hyperbole)

Maybe now I can sleep?

June 12, 2019, 4:30 am

So the thing with fire ants is, you build up a…

So the thing with fire ants is, you build up a tolerance to the venom. When I was mowing the front lawn (and pulling up Saint Augustine, which I hate), I disturbed a mound. Eh, whatever. That’s why I double up on the gloves. Some managed to get on the sleeve of my shirt, and one had crawled inside. I wasn’t sure if she’d stung me or not. 

A couple hours later, a spot on my arm started itching. I thought I had a mosquito bite. The bump was the right size. 

When the bite started to hurt a little when I scratched it, oh boy, yup, fire ant got me. She was a bigger one, too. I guess that explains how massive her gift to me is. 

Keep in mind: getting one fire ant sting is not usually how it goes. I had a coworker who gardened in shorts and showed up with hundreds of stings completely covering his shins after a weekend. Imagine if I hadn’t been wearing two pairs of gloves and long sleeves, and hundreds of ants covered my arms in these things! 

So yeah, fire ants. If you don’t have them, be thankful, and if you do have them, be careful! 

July 11, 2019

Sleeping Dragons

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Eastern Pondhawk

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Thornbush Dasher

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Blue Dasher (male)

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Blue Dasher (male)

I saw six individuals in the yard while out getting bug food. A female Blue Dasher was too far back in the bushes to get. Usually I don’t notice the dragonflies until I wake them up and they fly at my headlamp. Here was one of them on my nose last week:

Sorry, terrible photo. Had caterpillars in my free hand (couldn’t remove the headlamp), so it was the best I could do!

July 9, 2019 3 am / posted July 10, 2019

nanofishology: Yesterday, between doctor appoi…

nanofishology:

Yesterday, between doctor appointments, I went for a walk at my favorite park, Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve.

Reposting from Fall 2016

Speaking of wasps vs bees! funny to note, I had tagged the original post with a #bees tag and lol, that is clearly a yellowjacket on my sweater hahaha. PS I did NOT GET STUNG!

The purple berries are American Beautyberry, and the plant is a host for Rustic Sphinx Moths. Ask me how I know! 😀 The snail is a Globular Drop.

Also, peacocks act like giant fat pigeons and they come up and beg you for food. There was one once who thought I was a sexy lady peacock and he tried to woo me. Uh, sorry? This is a great park if you are in Austin! The peacocks are LOUD! If you visit and you can’t find them, look on the roof of the house or up in the trees, because yes, they can fly. The ones in this post have shorty tails because they molt them after mating season in May, which means if you visit the park during molting season, sometimes YOU CAN FIND THEM!

Reposted July 9, 2019

nanofishology:I love meeting new friends. Saw …

nanofishology:

I love meeting new friends. Saw an abdomen from my kitchen window and had to investigate. Looks like she’s about to deposit some eggs somewhere

Carolina mantis lady from fall 2016, her descendants continue to grace my yard year after year. *kisses that fat abdomen*

Reposted July 8, 2019 

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My Sanctuary

Before:

This was the photo I took of my house from the backyard when I decided to buy it. Those windows downstairs? That’s the livingroom/kitchen. My house is a bird blind. I love it. Anyways. I just now attempted to retake this photo, which was impossible because (1) physically getting to the location where I had taken this photo would be an adventure in getting personal with some trees and maybe poison ivy (2) you cannot actually see the house… at all… from that spot. But anyways.

After 3 years:

Feels good to have a yard after 14 years in apartments!

Also! Me with my elderberry bush last June (2018):

Me with my elderberry bush now (July 2019):

My baby is SO TALL!!! 😀 You can see her in the left side of the photo of my jungle. I love her. She was a gift for giving an insect talk at a garden club. They gave me some other great plants, mostly groundcover. I didn’t expect the elderberry would grow so tall, so fast! And the groundcover plants are now deciding they want to teleport their decendants to other, random areas of the garden. Yes, please! Ruellia everywhere!

This is why I’m so stressed out about not being able to find a job in Austin. I can’t move. This yard is my connection to nature. I discovered insects here. I have entomologists commenting on things I find in my yard, saying they are rare or out of range. The trees I have nurtured are my children! If I move, how can I trust they won’t be neglected, or worse, cut down?

Who would want a lawn when they could have paradise?

July 8, 2019

Trilobites at the Houston Museum of Natural Sc…

or, tumblr is still silently deleting all of your posts without telling you, so I hope you are still backing up your blogs EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU POST SOMETHING YOU CARE ABOUT!

So I have been going back through my archives, because I have been posting LOTS OF COOL STUFF since long before I had any followers. Some of my old posts have… 0 notes. So I’m going through… and I found…

My photo post, in its entirety, was replaced by a note from tumblr that says, “Hey, this post may contain adult content, so we’ve hidden it from public view.” With a button to learn more. The button takes me to a super helpful page telling me HEY NO TITTIES! Um. yeah, so if you HID MY POST FROM PUBLIC VIEW that means I SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT IT WAS and then push a button that says, “Y’all are dumbasses this is a caterpillar.” NOPE. They permanently deleted my post in its entirety. 

This was back before I wrote the date at the bottom of all my posts, so I had to do some sleuthing to figure out which part of my archive (BECAUSE I RUN A SCRIPT THAT BACKS UP MY BLOG EVERY SINGLE DAY) to look in. Aha! Found it! So, without further ado, HERE IS THE POST TUMBLR DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE! 

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I am a LONG TIME trilobite lover. When I was 13, I would blow my babysitting money on fossils from Natural Wonders at the mall.

The trilobite fossil I bought as a teenager is pictured above, with the trilobite hat I knit (pattern is free on Knitty [link]). I wore this hat the first time I visited the Field Museum in Chicago:

What a nerd.

ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 21, 2017
POSTED AGAIN JULY 6, 2019