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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


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

Absolutely slaying with that outfit

Took a new headshot for my linkedin profile today and kept the leggings on for ultimate powersuit energy

Can I also let you know that underwear are also available with sharks on them.

I know, because I own two pairs.

Just in case you wanted to go sharks on the outside and the inside.



Also amusing in retrospect, I have declared myself to be a shark on my personal facebook page since well before the acquisition of shark clothing, so it was only a matter of time

Yes, top middle photo is of me scuba diving, and yes, there were sharks (and they were precious and I loved them).

May 18, 2019



Fixed it

I named my house “Spider Haven.” So far over 70 species of spiders in the yard/around the house (some I’ve only found indoors!), hoping to get that above 100 someday!

April 6, 2019

Handmade insect earrings by RubySpotJewelry

Handmade insect earrings by RubySpotJewelry:


Aren’t you tired of waking up every morning, knowing that once again you have to go through another day without insect wings dangling off of your ears? Well guess what?!

One of my insect friends (you know, the one with the inside scoop on the horse graveyard [link]? And the botflies? Oh, I haven’t posted about the botflies have I? He got botflies on purpose. I took photos. That was how I met him) makes earrings from insect wings. He recently set up an etsy account, and has asked for tips on keyword optimization. Pffft. Nah. Let me put these on the tumblrs. I told him to take better pictures, but for now, this is what he has (and he has a LOT more than what he posted, he’s up to his neck in these earrings).

Top Left: Cockroach
Top Right: Dragonfly
Bottom Left: Dragonfly
Bottom Right: Grasshopper

Right now he is looking for feedback on making a better etsy shop and trying to get the word out that his shop exists at all. So, hello bugblr, my friend’s shop exists, look! Anything I should pass along to him to help him out?

March 14, 2019

@glassfullofsass, my friend, share with wild reckless abandon. As I said, he’s up to his neck (or as I should have said, up to his ears in these things). He only posted four.

Some other fun facts: 

He’s the dude who made this display at Texas Memorial Museum when he was the entomology curator:

My photograph does absolutely no justice to this thing, the display is at least 4 ft tall, the Luna moths and Cecropia moth are dwarfed by the Blue Morpho, most those insects are several inches long (not to mention wide).

And when we went to dig up the horse bones, we did some “redneck sweep-netting” first (for earring purposes), which involves one person hanging out of the car window with the sweep net (trying to not get caught in the prickly pears), while the other person drives probably faster than advisable around an overgrown dirt/gravel road. After a lap, stop the car, get out, check the nets for goodies, check the grasshoppers for their wings, wait, let @nanonaturalist take their pictures first 

Two-striped Mermiria [link]

Aztec Grasshopper [link]

Also, he had a live scorpion in his pocket at a Taylor Swift concert (he’s a big fan).

Fun times! 

March 15, 2019

I don't give one single shit about plants…

I don't give one single shit about plants. Fuck you.

im honestly so sorry for you for all the absolute joy and surprise you’re missing out on by refusing to allow the weirdness of plants even mildly into ur heart tbh…..cant even look at a tree and momentarily appreciate the fact that its just a weird accidental totem pole literally building itself out of the ground while eating the sun and everyone just accepts it as normal….. like get well soon buddy……





Seeing moss in any context fills me with a deep, primal sense of love and contentment.

Love is stored in the moss

Just try to look at these images and tell me everything isn’t gonna be okay


pssssst: that’s where you can find tardigrades!!! If you have access to a microscope (doesn’t have to be a strong one, one that clips onto your phone works), you could find tardigrades in moss! Even if it’s dry, they can go dormant for a long time, just rehydrate your moss samples and check!

February 19, 2019

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Some Handsome Men Finches

Top two: Lesser Goldfinch
Bottom three: House Finch, who is yellow instead of red like most (I love him)

Posted Feb 12, 2019

Whoa. Your Texas LEGO males are wild-looking. I’ve had 30+ Lesser Goldfinches hanging off my two sock feeders lately, but none of them look like that.

Oh yes, we do get the black-backed flavor males here. I don’t know if I’ve seen the green-backed ones in Texas. My guide says most males from Colorado to Texas are black-backed, west of Colorado they’re green-backed. You do get some awkward-transition males during spring though:


The above photos were taken at the FABULOUS bird blind at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, TX (being in that blind was a religious experience). I left the blind and got to see two grey hairstreaks mating, then got onto a trail for a little bit, and a hummingbird saw me and immediately proceeded to I shit you not do hardcore aerial maneuvers (like, he was painting the sky with a gigantic smiley face holy carp that hummer was either loving life or was seriously high on fermented sugar water). And he was flying AT me for part of his show, too. 

Then on my way back to my car, I found a gall that is made by nematodes [link].

February 13, 2019

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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! 


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


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

bowelfly: been meaning to draw @flatw00ds‘ bi…


been meaning to draw @flatw00ds‘ big bad beetlegrub Dom for a while now. all of their forms are extremely good, but i’m contractually obligated to go with the buggiest one.

Does anybody else ever just want to lovingly mouth on large grubs? Like, I kiss my fat caterpillars (so refreshing guys, you have to try it), but I kinda want to nom on big fat wiggly grubs. Luckily (for them and me both, I guess), I have never encountered any notably large ones. But this friend? I feel like they would be safe to nom a little. If they were into that kinda thing.

Got any lamps?

Got any lamps?

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Texas: When it Rains, It’s Fire Ants

For every one mound you treat, they build three more.

September 10, 2018

Could be worse. Could be leaf cutter ants, driver ants, Africanized bees…

Leaf cutter ants wouldn’t chew holes in my walls and swarm all over the inside of my house every time it rains! I got stung on my foot this weekend because these jerks were all over my stairs, and I had to tear up the carpet to seal up the hole. They’re moving up since I finally blocked off all their inlets downstairs. Pretty soon they’ll be swarming all over my bedroom upstairs.

I can’t go in my yard wearing anything less than knee-high boots, and I can’t mow or do any gardening without disturbing at least one nest like this.  The above gif was from when I was weed whacking yesterday and accidentally hit a mound.

Any baby bird that falls out of their nest is almost immediately totally engulfed in a swarm of fire ants like this. If they get bored, they’ll climb the trees and get them while they’re still in the nests.

I mean, give me driver ants. I sometimes get the males, and they definitely have never come into my house and attacked me.

I’ll gladly trade the fire ants for Africanized bees.

September 11, 2018

seriously tho fire ants suck and I would take africanized bees and leaf cutter ants over them. They make ant balls and bridges when it floods and in puddles so its super easy to get swarmed and bit when doing field work or yardwork when it’s super wet. And they bite AND sting. Like yeah stepping in a yellow jacket nest and having them chase me was super sucky and frightening but I was prepared for it because of the amount of fire ant swarming I experienced as a child in florida. Like I was that dumbass who used to freeze after stepping on an fire ant hill and then my feet and legs would get covered with them. Plus fire ants are highly invasive species and are now ubiquitous across the southeast. When I visit my relatives in Wisconsin and now living in Colorado its amazing that I can go bare foot in a yard WITHOUT having to watch out for fire ants. I went black lighting in sandals on my advisor’s several acre property in the dark and DIDN’T STEP IN A SINGLE ANT HILL BC THERE WAS NO FIRE ANTS. I went fossil hunting and pissed of some harvester ants bc I picked some teeth off their mound and they don’t even hold a candle to the fire ants despite my professor being a weenie about getting bit by them. 

Yes yes yes. When Harvey hit last year, and the entirety of Houston (and MANY other cities that were devastated and never got a mention, like La Grange!) flooded, the survivors treading through floodwaters had to deal with rafts of millions of fire ants floating on the water. They are an invasive species from an area prone to regular flooding, so they are especially well adapted for and thrive in very wet and flooded environments. Alex Wild (ant expert extraordinaire) gave a talk at one of my clubs, and said he thinks fire ants are so pervasive because of stupid irrigated lawns providing the perfect environment for them, and a hostile environment for our native ants who are better at dealing with very dry conditions.

Anyway, if you would prefer fire ants to literally anything else (except maybe bedbugs?), then you obviously have never been stung by them. My first Fire Ant Experience: I used to keep my cat food in a closet. I would grab the bag, carry it to the cat food bowls, feed the cats, then put the bag back. The bag was one of those resealable ones. But apparently fire ants are small enough that they can sneak in through the tiniest gap. While I was at work one day, they had chewed a hole in the wall below the baseboard and started going to town on the bag of food. The closet was in the hall, and so it was dark when I grabbed the cat food. I had walked several steps when I felt a strange sensation on my hand. I looked down, and to my absolute horror, my entire hand was covered in hundreds of fire ants. I couldn’t just drop the bag of food and get fire ants all over my living room, in addition to the closet, so I had to keep holding onto the bag long enough to walk back before I could start screaming. Luckily I got away with only a few stings (miraculous), but they were so painful I wanted to cut my hand off. They will bite onto you and sting you repeatedly until you get them off. One of my coworkers was gardening in shorts, and he hit a fire ant mound. Both of his legs were covered in hundreds of stings.

That first instance was over two years ago. My hand still has scars from those stings. Since then, this scenario has been repeated no fewer than 10 times, except now I am totally paranoid at first sight of an ant inside my house. The outside of my house is covered in fire ant mounds, and they will even build tunnels going up into my walls under my siding. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it, besides keeping a tube of caulk ready.

I’m from Seattle. I had never seen an ant mound before moving to Texas. But now if I go anywhere that isn’t Texas and see a mole hill, I’ll have a mini-freakout. I can’t wear sandals anymore unless I know I will 100% be indoors or on pavement. And the idea of wearing sandals at night?????? Or sitting on the grass???? Are you mad??????

Howdy y’all! @anunearthlyfireburningbright: this is not just my house. This is my entire neighborhood. Everybody’s yard is exactly like mine. Our neighborhood is a development on land that was previously farmland (aka, irrigated fields). What exactly would an exterminator do? The fun thing about fire ant nests: they don’t always have mounds. In fact, most of the colony/nest is just underground tunnels, and based on my observations of my yard, I am not exaggerating when I say my entire yard is essentially a fire ant nest. You would have no idea there was a nest under there unless you stuck a shovel in or pulled a weed out. They only make the mounds for special occasions or something. I’ve seen them build mounds over prey so they could consume it easier, and then when they’re done they just leave. Or they build mounds when they have SO MANY PUPAE they can’t fit them all underground. 

I do (sometimes) treat the mounds with orthocene, but I try to only do it when absolutely necessary along the side of my house. The poison kills indiscriminately, and I have a lot of frogs, lizards, and other insects that I don’t hate that will also get exposed and die. Also, you can poison and kill all you want, but the ants will just leave that area until it’s safe to come back. I have no way of knowing if I managed to kill any ants, or if they just relocated to a different part of the yard.

@thatthreeanon Seriously, you’d have to nuke the entirety of Texas. Fire ants are everywhere, there’s nothing you can do about them. There are researchers at UT Austin working on finding a parasitoid that will attack fire ants, but I’m not sure they’re at a wide-scale implementation stage yet. 

Plus side! The fire ants are responsible for essentially eradicating ticks from Austin! So, uh… thanks? I guess?

Went back to the mounds last night cuz I can! I had treated the mounds by my house on Saturday so I could cut the grass on Sunday. The treated mounds are abandoned (only one has dead ants in it). The ants will relocate if their mounds are disturbed, so I’m fairly certain the mound in the above gif was the new settlement of the abandoned treated mound.

The gif is of this mound (boot for scale). I had zoomed in on the darker part. And of COURSE I had to harass them again (have I mentioned I hate fire ants??)

September 12, 2018

@clannfearrunt My experience has been the exact same. Part of it may be that you only need to get seriously stung once before you get more cautious, so when you do get stung you anticipate it and they can’t sting you repeatedly.

I’m at the stage now where I can’t easily distinguish the random sharp pains I get because my body is terrible from a singular fire ant sting. I’ve even managed to get stung and not realize it until later, when I see the “mosquito bite” I got has the tell-tale white center only ant stings give you. I had one in my navel once after mowing the lawn 😂

When I got stung on Saturday, I had been stung several times on my big toe. It wasn’t nearly as bad as when I got stung on my hand (less sensitive skin?), and I put some anti-itch cream with lidocane on it right afterwards and the swelling went down and the bites were gone within the hour. The stings on my hand from two years ago were inflamed, red, swollen, and painful for days—so much so I had trouble putting on nitrile gloves at work.

Any other Southerners want to chime in?

September 12, 2018

So I was born in the suburbs of Jacksonville FL and lived there the first ten years of my life. Can confirm fire ants are awful terrible pests and you do get desensitized to the sting. I was an outdoorsy kid and got stung so much when I was really little that I was practically immune to it by the time I was old enough to have memories of being stung.

That said, my dumb little ass liked to be barefoot and I was stung a LOT. I remember once, my friend and I were playing in the back yard and accidentally planted our feet in a mound/nest of some kind. Mind you, this is a couple of well-sized nine year olds and there was plentiful room for us to both stand wide-legged in this mound. Once we realized we were covered in THOUSANDS of ants, we ran screaming to the water hose and took turns drenching each other.

Then we went back to playing barefoot.

Very interesting/funny/horrifying! Thanks for sharing!

Hello, @bombuslaetus! They typically get in under or through the baseboard. I have a tube of bathroom caulk I was using to plug up all the holes, but recently bought a tube of spackle since that’s actually meant to go on walls. I plugged up the hole in my pantry with it and thought that was that. No. Within 30 min they had chewed through the spackle and were back in my pantry.

The above gif is the next hole they made, disturbingly in an interior wall that doesn’t directly interface with the outside, meaning they are in my walls, not just passing through them. The above gif is in the closet they first appeared in. After I had dealt with that very first hole two years ago, I went around the entire perimeter of the closet, plugging up every hole and gap I could find, meaning the hole in the above gif was not there already. After seeing them chew through the spackle, I’m convinced they are making the holes themselves.

And why are they so pervasive here? They are adapted to thrive in areas that intermittantly flood. Our native ant species in Texas are adapted to thrive in areas that cycle through drought. People have grass lawns which they water regularly to keep green. It intermittantly floods here. We have pushed out our native species and created an artificial environment ideal for the invasive fire ants.

I believe in South America, their habitat is physically bordered by mountainous regions they can’t cross on their own, and the habitat across the mountains isn’t suited for them. I’m not really too familiar with this. I’m mostly parroting what Alex Wild said when somebody asked him about it at our meeting.

September 14, 2018

Hey y’all! Sick of fire ants? Well so am I!

Reasons why I just can’t use boiling water and/or molten aluminum (why is that even a suggestion, do you guys have any idea how hot metals have to get before they melt?? PS not just picking on any tumblr people, my friends in Seattle all suggest that too. I mean sure I’ll just stick a couple popcans into the microwave what’s the worst that could happen?). This hill did not exist yesterday.

This hill did exist yesterday but it wasn’t this big. Of course I had to kick it over!

Pupae R Us!

Remember how I treated one mound, which I discovered to be empty, but which I assumed was simply vacated to the mound featured in the original gifs? Well, I guess they got sick of me kicking that mound because they moved back, and this time they’re being assholes about it.

Hill on the right: I treated the mound with orthocene. Hill on the left: where the ants from the poisoned hill eventually moved. Let’s zoom in a bit.

They build the mounds INTO my walls. This mound did not exist yesterday. It’s still raining every day. I had to tell these jerks how I felt about them.

Oh and PS: they made it upstairs into my bedroom but I have no idea where they’re getting in so I have to tear up all my carpet!

September 15, 2018