Out of curiosity, reblog this and say in the tags what post/event got you the most followers
I found some rocks in the woods and people seemed to like that.
I don’t know if it was moths or bees, but one (or both) of those.
Almost all of human culture throughout history seems to regard birds and beautiful, majestic, respectable animals but have you actually met a bird??? Have you ever seen anything resembling dignity come out of those things???
Pictured above: Dignity escaping from birds in liquid form
Spotted Sandpiper, Texas (top) and Common Bulbul, Malawi (bottom)
August 13, 2019
@jabercoll, my friend, you forget the part where birds often poop… nonchalantly… on each other.
These Black Vultures?
They’re called Black Vultures for a reason. They are purely black. They have no white feathers.
Their poop, however, is white. They are highly social birds, they roost in large groups. And like birds are wont to do, they nonchalantly poop wherever they happen to be. Which is often directly above another bird.
August 13, 2019
Birds don’t have a rectum and thus can’t store their feces, so they don’t have a choice!
No cloca-shaming was present in my previous post! However, their ROOSTING BEHAVIORS *cough*
Black Vultures are still one of my absolute favorite birds ever, and they are perfect in every way, even down to their cookies-and-cream feathers
My friends, the full set has been revealed to us!
I love you Archbishop Frank.
The continuity of these is what sells it to me every time
Why is there always a member of the clergy
The biomes are now catholic
July 31, 2019
TIME TO SCREAM
Late spring in central Texas, nice and warm, not quite hot enough to melt your shoes, but hot enough to melt everything in your car.
But it’s not summer until…
the trees start screaming!
I have heard some cicadas farther east of me (a different species than I have), but so far, this year has been quiet. So I feel like I have been visited by the Cicada Queen, who has bestowed upon me a great honor: I saw my first cicada before I heard it. She was hiding in the elm that popped up in my yard!
So beautiful and perfect!!!
Superb Dog-day Cicada
June 3, 2019
IT IS TIME.
I heard them today for the first time all year and has anyone else noticed that their…speed? Cadence? Cicadence? Is faster than previous years? I’m used to reeereeereeereeeeeeeeeee…….. Today they were much more emphatic, like REEEEE…..REEEEEE……REEEEEE….
I also don’t know if the different year-life-cycle cicadas have different patterns. Anyone want to educate me on these lovely summer screamers?
There a many different species of cicada, and they all have different screams! The ones you are hearing may just be a different species than the others you’ve noticed before! Although, they do sometimes have variation in their calls, could be time of year or the weather.
If you are in North America, here is a database for screams of different species [ink].
June 4, 2019
Cicadas haven’t started up in Denver yet as far as I have noticed. The one I’m used to hearing is “megatibicen dealbatus” which has a very different scream than most other cicadas. I am horrified on the behalf of other areas where your trees screech like the souls of the damned.
I am more horrified by the dead silence of summer everywhere else. What terrors are your trees hiding, exactly?
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.
I MUST BE 100% SHARK
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
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
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).
March 15, 2019
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……