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vegans who refuse to even eat backyard eggs….why

people who think its unethical to eat chicken eggs are like people who think bees should keep all their honey. they literally produce more than they need and your unwillingness to even buy local means you are doing nothing to help them, support your small farmers you heathens

I don’t usually get involved in vegan discourse but as far as honey goes they stress the hive into overproduction and regularly kill off the worker bees to get the queen to produce more. The bees they use to pollinate are trucked out to crops, they’re not the same ones producing honey. The egg thing is about how much stress it puts on chickens to produce, people who keep pet chickens usually have vets implant artificial eggs into the chicken so it’s not putting so much stress on the chicken’s body. That being said I eat honey. I don’t think we should go after people trying to prevent cruelty, we should look harder at mass farming practices and stop pointing fingers at each other.

I’m glad someone said it because I didnt know how to

OK, but do all local beekeepers stress their bees into overproduction? I understand if this is the mass production method, but is it also the backyard beekeeper method?

….that is literally not how it works at all.

You can’t ‘stress bees into overproduction’. If bees are stressed, they won’t produce. And will probably die, tbh. Or at least get sick far more easily, and then die.

The only way you get excess honey from bees is if you keep them somewhere where they’re happy and have lots of forage. Some commercial beekeepers will take the honey and feed back sugar water, which is unethical and no, backyard beekeepers like myself don’t do that. 

But you literally cannot stress bees into overproduction. Bees just. Like. They don’t have an ‘off’ switch. They gather nectar and pollen and bring it back to the hive. That’s what they do. They don’t take days off or vacations. They forage every day until they die. That’s hardwired into their behavior by millions of years of evolution. I’m not out there yelling at them to get up and get at it; they start foraging at first light and continue until dusk, every day. That’s what they do. That’s what evolution has coded into their genes and behavior.

So they will forage and store honey and pollen forever, so long as they have forage. They don’t reach a point where they go ‘oh hey we have enough to survive the winter, we can stop now.’ They just keep going.

What stresses bees is not being able to forage or not having enough forage. And that hardly leads to them making honey. The opposite, rather; they then have to survive off their stored reserves.

“The egg thing is about how much stress it puts on chickens to produce, people who keep pet chickens usually have vets implant artificial eggs into the chicken so it’s not putting so much stress on the chicken’s body.” – itsursoyboye

Chickens naturally produce eggs while they are fertile. If you implanted an artificial egg into a chicken you’d hurt it. They also don’t really have an off switch, the only time a hen doesn’t lay is when she doesn’t have everything she needs to produce the egg.

As for artificial eggs…you may see people giving chickens ceramic eggs, or something similarly shaped but that is only if a chicken is feeling like she wants to be a mom and you don’t want more chickens.

Ceramic and rubber eggs are also used when you have some arseholes chickens that have realised eggs are delicious to eat too. Making sure you collect eggs early and leave inedible bouncy/hard eggs in the nest usually teaches them not to bother…

*yet another massive sigh re: original post*

Y’all, I try to be loving and accepting of everybody and I also try to keep this blog relatively free of swearing because *handwaves* professional *more handwaves* is generally a good thing to do with diverse audience, etc.

But I’ve spoken on this general topic before and I’m going to do it again.

What the fuck gives you the right to (1) put words in my mouth (2) decide what I should/should not do with my body?

I love small farmers and I support them. I love my friends who raise backyard chickens (and I love the chickens). I have no ethical issues with eating eggs from said chickens.

But I’m not going to do it. And my reasons for doing so are none of anybody’s goddamn business.

If you weren’t around for previous rants, I eat honey, I wear leather and wool, I feed my cats meat, and all those jerkoffs going on non-sequitor pseudo-intellectual holier-than-thou monologues about synthetic fabrics and how vegans are destroying the environment via polyester need to stfu because (newsflash), almost all your clothes are synthetic blends.

I GET that it’s still acceptable to shit on vegans because of the obnoxious asswipes that call themselves vegan and police everybody else’s behavior (for the record, the peta assholes are not vegan and everybody hates them).

But remember some of those vegans you’re shitting on have been getting mercilessly bullied for what they personally chose not to eat starting 25 years ago, despite their best attempts to keep their dietary habits a secret because it’s not fun to have meat thrown at you in school when you’re a little kid with panic attacks and OCD-esque contamination issues when you touch meat 👍.

All I want to do is share my love of nature and science and bugs (INCLUDING THOSE COOL BUG SNACKS AT THAT ASIAN GROCERY, REMEMBER THOSE?????? DO YOU THINK THEY WERE VEGAN????), but wtf peeps I can’t even come to this blue hellsite without getting told that I feel a certain way and getting criticized for it??? Not cool, do better.

Vegans are not some theoretical enemy that exist off of this platform. I’m right here, I see these posts, I have had to unfollow people I would otherwise really like to stay connected to because of the rabid anti-vegan sentiment (why???), and … all of these posts, which are literally about me … are wrong.

Anyways, that’s my rant for now, I guess I should get back to posting bugs or something.

Me in 2013 attempting to liberate some backyard chickens kept under cruelly inhumane conditions, the horror

May 18, 2019

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bunjywunjy:

Target continues to be my remorseless enabler. also, I probably freaked some people out because I cackled loudly in the dressing room the whole time I was trying this thing on

*GASP*

Last time I raided the kid’s department at Target, I got these sweet shark shirts (I don’t remember if I saw the button-up or not—if I did it was too expensive!):

The tooth one glows in the dark! I’m still a huge fan of my gateway shirt into the children’s clothing department:

Front and back, shiny silvery letters containing an animal fact, anatomically correct representations of sharks with their names (again, shiny silvery letters), and in the little girl’s section. The sharks are CUTE!!! Just like they are in REAL LIFE!!! I want to kiss all their little noses!!!

Anyways yeah I also have an addiction. I think the Target people figured out they have two key customer bases. They just need to start making the same shirts in adult sizes! I’m lucky I’m relatively small and can squeeze into the kid’s shirts, everyone else deserves them, too! Maybe we should start a petition.

April 19, 2019

Live update from the closet

I believe I have achieved Shark Outfit Pefection

May 17, 2019

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samsbuggos:

nanonaturalist:

I drove four hours to see a caterpillar. 

I had heard that Mother Neff State Park (which is halfway between Temple and Waco, TX) had cecropia moth caterpillars. These are the caterpillars of the largest native moth in North America (wingspans greater than 6 inches have been documented). And you know what you need to get a giant moth? A giant caterpillar. 

I only found one (hiding in the plum tree right outside the visitor’s center!), and a couple cocoons (bottom two photos), so it seems that I came just in time. Any later and this one would have been in a cocoon too. The fun part: the unripe plums in the tree were the same exact color and texture as the caterpillar (he felt like velvet!), so despite being enormous, they are very well camouflaged.

He was very shy. He kept pulling his little face into his rolls to hide. Everything about it was perfect. A highlight of my week, for sure. Even if I didn’t get home until 3 am!

June 10/11, 2017

Oof. Him big! I might need to hit that park in the future

I have since learned that MANY other places have these dudes! Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin (like, where I live?) has over 100 cocoons with moths that are emerging right now, and over 100 eggs that will be hatching soon. So, if you are in central Texas/Austin, and don’t want to drive 4 hours… maybe hit up the wildflower center! Their caterpillars should be getting nice and juicy around May/June, so contact them and make sure you are visiting during peak plumpness if you do decide to pay them a visit.

Alternatively, if I still haven’t found a job by then, I will definitely bring an armful of Cecropia caterpillars to a food truck in exchange for a milk shake or something, because I have 13 of them right now [link to most recent caterpillar livepost]. So, uh… just putting that out there.

March 27, 2019

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spinebug:

i went to Explore UT today and got some cecropia moth eggs from @nanonaturalist !! thank you SO much, i’m so excited to watch them grow up!

i also got to hold a hissing cockroach which was fun

Yaaaay! Good luck! I haven’t raised Cecropias before (just kidnapped older caterpillars and cocoons), so I’m excited to try these out too!

It’s funny, I wasn’t planning to be at ExploreUT, but last night one of my friends told me they had volunteer cancelations and were hurting for people. Also, he suggested that I bring my Cecropia moths and stick insects. Both my and my babies’ surprise appearance was much welcomed, and oh boy, the Cecropia moths were mating the entire time. One kid asked if they were kissing with their butts. 😂

The entomology collections had four tables, three had specimens in drawers plus an interactive game at one, and the last table had the living specimens, which would have been only the hissing cockroaches and (well-contained) black widow and brown recluse spiders had I not been present. We were pretty busy all day, so I didn’t get a chance to get better photos of the tables, but loooook!

There’s the hamper with my babies! Their cocoons are off to the right so people could touch them. The sticks are in the tank you can almost see to the left.

(Funny story: that little pink book on the table in front of the bald dude, aka Alex Wild, is a baby album/scrapbook my friend who dragged me into this put together for his botflies. He had ultrasounds done on them and everything. Nerd)

The moths were Popular. I mean, Look;

People were leaning in on the tables to see the moths around the crowd so much that this is how offset they were at the end of the day. Also, here is a better view of the baby sticks. They were very well behaved. Only one escaped, that I know of. At one point I was informed I had a stick insect on my shoulder and I just sighed.

It appears I have successfully infiltrated the Biodiversity Center at UT!

March 2, 2019

@lieslol I was starstruck when I found out UT had hired him and we’d be living in the same city and now we’re on a first name basis

Keep reading

@sallythewise It’s the official UT Entomology Collections shirt (UT mascot = longhorn… cattle…) and my goal in life is to get one.

The shirt *I* wore today? (since I was last minute and they didn’t have one for me, but because I am Always Prepared):

Currently available in the kids’ section at a Target near you (I bought it on Thursday), $6! If you wear a unisex small/ladies’ medium, the kids’ XL fits. It’s hard to tell, but every life stage is *covered* in gold glitter. 

nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: It’s a boy!…

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

It’s a boy!!!

I still have another Cecropia moth cocoon. We’ll see if he gets a girlfriend (they’re probably siblings…)

February 26, 2019

She’s here and she’s beautiful!

I love her!!!! If you have not had the honor of meeting a Cecropia moth, they do this little gryration dance… constantly.

Ugh yes perfect

February 27, 2019

Moth Drama Update

Evening y’all. I’m home (finally), and was expecting to arrive to some thoroughly indecent behavior. Instead, they are just, next to each other?

My face for scale

I took the enclosure outside, thinking I could hang it up, maybe attract some more suitable gentlemen for my lovely lady to mate with, but instead they both started vibrating like they wanted to take off. When the male started flopping around I came back inside (I really don’t want them to tear up their wings!!). They settled back down right away.

For a while it looked like a dance of seduction, and I opened the door and readied the camera for action, and the male almost flew out into the house.

I might just hang them up out front anyway. It’s not supposed to get too cold tonight, but will drop to freezing in a few days. Stupid weather is ruining everything!

February 27, 2019

Fond Memories of the Hoh Rainforest

I may be in Texas now, but I first learned to love nature growing up in Washington State. If you’re not familiar with Seattle or Washington in general, then a few things to know: it’s on the west coast of North America, bordered by Canada to the north, lots of mountains to the east, and the (cold) Pacific ocean to the west. Any dark foreboding clouds blowing in from the ocean have to empty themselves before they can get over all those mountains to the east, which is why Seattle is so cloudy and rainy.

Except, there are more mountains to the west of Seattle. Where there is even more rain. An average of 12 to 14 feet of rain every year (~3.7 to 4.3 meters) [link]. That’s where our temperate rain forests are, and I love them.

Everything that doesn’t move is absolutely blanketed in moss or lichen or fungi. Every tree is draped in Oregon Spikemoss, which isn’t a true moss, but a clubmoss (what). I wish I could tell you more about it, but it’s only been posted 17 times on iNaturalist (?!?!) [link] and it looks like it only shows up in the western US coastal forests. 

Beautiful Cladonia lichen!

Heavenly Angel’s Wings mushrooms!

OH! Who is this?

A black slug friend!

And it’s not a trip to the rainforest without a Pacific Banana Slug!

A fly!

A firefly! Ellychnia sp. 

And last, but not least, on our way back to the car, right before hitting the visitor’s center, who did we see?

American Dipper! This is a bird that will completely submerge itself in streams while seeking out delicious foods like aquatic insect larvae and nymphs. When I saw this bird, I thought “Cool a bird!” *snap photo* *forget about photo for 8 years* *gets into birding and goes through old nature photos* *finds old photo of A DIPPER I SAW IN THE RAINFOREST!!!* 

Same thing with all the insect photos! I got really excited when I saw photos of the firefly that I had no memory of seeing!

But, I do take comfort in knowing that some things don’t change. I didn’t know much about nature back then, but I still loved it enough to notice it and want to keep pieces of it. And also…

Splurging $60 on this maroon jacket back in 2007 apparently was worth it because the damn thing is perfect. Credit to James for taking this picture of me taking a picture of a yucca [link] because I use it everywhere.

More information on visiting the Hoh Rainforest at the Olympic National Park Website [link]

Photos from the Hoh Rainforest taken September 17, 2011
Posted February 17, 2019

Gaze Upon My Christmas Bird Count Photos Ye Mi…

for they are too cute ugh

Vesper Sparrow

American Kestrel

Cedar Waxwing (who is she??)

One of THREE Bald Eagles coming in to home base (the nest is VERY far away!)

Tufted Titmouse is TOO MUCH I can’t TAKE IT (may or may not be hybridized with Black-crested Titmice at this spot)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

A retina-scorching Pine Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

A Dark-eyed Junco?! I didn’t realize Texas got those!!

Eastern Floofbird *cough* I mean, Bluebird

There were at least five life birds my group saw that I didn’t (and some they saw SEVERAL times), so I took out my frustrations re: the sub-optimal bird photography conditions with something that WASN’T flying out of view constantly 

Hermit Thrush

Red-bellied Woodpecker

and speaking of Red-bellied Woodpeckers… My photo of a memorable one last year made it onto this year’s T-shirt!

2018 Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count held Dec 29, 2018, my region was within McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Posted December 31, 2018 at 6 am BEFORE going to bed because these photos weren’t going to edit and upload themselves onto iNat. 

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okapiandpaste:

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nanonaturalist:

valarie-lynn:

nanonaturalist:

nanofishology:

Day trip to Corpus Christi, saw a million man o’ wars in the gulf coast. First time seeing them in person! Exciting!!!

Posted December 2016 / Rebloged December 18, 2018

These are siphonophores, colonies of a bunch of different types of organisms that… somehow function as a cohesive unit. It’s complicated and I don’t know too much about them besides DO NOT TOUCH! and also they’re not cnidarians (jellyfish)!

Mustang Island State Park

If that’s a man of war your bare feet shouldn’t be anywhere near it. Their stingers are long as hell and can’t always be seen

Yes indeed: if any of y’all are in the water, and you see a floaty balloony friend on the water like you see up there? GET OUT NOW. The tentacles are many, many, many times longer than you see in the photos here, and likely these ones had been torn up as they washed ashore.

It was a little concerning to see SO MANY OF THESE, but: it was December 29 or something like that (cold!), nobody was swimming, I was only barefoot because the tide was coming in and oh boy went OVER the top of my waterproof hiking boots (saltwater and sand in boots in December? may as well go barefoot).

We weren’t walking in the tide, we were well-above the level the water was swelling at, so we weren’t in danger, and we made sure to tell people who had never seen these things before not to touch them (although, they had a pretty good idea not to).

Very, very pretty though!

December 18, 2018

The ocean is fucked up

Definitely do not touch! However, they are cnidarians. They are in the class hydrozoa (colonial) unlike jellyfish. There is a very pretty hydrozoan that is relatively okay to touch, though:

these guys! 

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they’re velella velella and they’re very small. some people call them cute names like “little sail” or “by-the-wind-sailor”

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man-o-war’s less scary but just as colorful cousin

Whooops yes you’re right! I had a brain fart! They are not jellyfish but they ARE cnidarians (I should know better)

Also, fun fact I learned at the Texas State Aquarium, not all jellyfish stings are painful. I feel like I should have known that already (I’ve tickled enough anemones in my day), but the aquarium had a moon jelly petting tank and they are so soft.

Still, don’t go around touching things unless you are absolutely certain you know what they are!

December 20, 2018

Well hey let’s keep the reblog train going! 

I’ve got two reports due tomorrow and I’m procrastinating!

Nice! The Pacific Northwest has a nice surplus of Moon Jellies, so it’s likely that’s what your mom and uncle were grabbing–same friends I was petting at the aquarium in Texas, AND, same fellow I took this crappy cell-phone selfie with in 2007 on Alki Beach in Seattle:

And since we are talking about jellies washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest, checkout this one I found on Lopez Island in 2013 (the month before I moved to Texas). It’s a Lion’s Mane Jelly (Cyanea sp.):

Unrelated (or… not?), in grad school (what I moved to Texas for), I studied biomaterials and tissue engineering. During her post-doc, my advisor had done some research on surface modifications for breast implants to reduce the foreign body response, and as a result, had several breast implants just… sitting around. So we played with them. I had one on my desk for a while as a stress relief toy. And I was very stressed.

All I’m saying is, Moon Jellies would make great breast implants. Nobody would notice the difference. 

December 20, 2018

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nanofishology:

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi. Out of spoons, can’t write long captions. They had petting tanks for: sharks, hermit crabs, urchins, horseshoe crabs, cownose stingrays, and moon jellies. Worth the 6+ hours of driving.

From December 2016 / Reblogged December 18, 2018

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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

Originally from Nov 12, 2016 / Reblogged Dec 16, 2018

Fat and full of eggs, I’m guessing!