Category: reblog

I’m a foster mother to 100 baby spiders

greylilacs:

greylilacs:

Okay so the other day I was taking the trash out and my nail caught on a spider egg sac!

Unfortunately it split open and all the little eggs came tumbling out and luckily landed in a box.

After getting them all in a glass, I was left with several questions, no answers and guilt! But I asked in a few spider groups and got a tutorial on making a spider incubator!

Sooo! We went through a few different stages of mini Orbeez

And by mini I mean REALLY mini!

But finally we started seeing development!

See the little white dot?! That’s a wee lil baby!

Then more started showing up!

Then the day came!! Little legs started showing up!!

And then!!!

Today I just went to look and!!

!!!

MY BABIES ARE HATCHING!

Update

They’re perfect in every way and I love my dumb spider babies. 

This is Joseph. He’s learning to walk properly. 

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He’s not very good at it yet though.

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He try his best. 

Edit: 

Holy heck!? Hello everyone!!

Oh my word I’m so happy you all love these babies as much as I do! Yes, I have my photos of all the babies that weren’t included here, they can be found on my failed phid project spider page here! The spiders, to answer a common question, are a species of “

Agelenidae

“ Or grass spiders and are harmless if you’re not a mosquito or other tiny bug! Thank you all for so much love and support. Sorry for tacking on more to this photoset, but I thought you all would appreciate more photos!!

this is so cute I am dying

May 23, 2019

Regular

nanonaturalist:

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

bowelfly: end0skeletal: Amerila astreus ti…

bowelfly:

end0skeletal:

Amerila astreus tiger moth producing acrid smelling yellow froth from cervical glands at the anterior of the thorax. This is a chemical defense against predators.

Photo by

budak

Top view:

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.

Folks.

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?

*sigh*

May 16, 2019

Regular

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

Regular

six-legs-and-more:

the-study-of-arachnology-comic:

six-legs-and-more:

nanonaturalist:

six-legs-and-more:

six-legs-and-more:

entomologyfrassposting:

six-legs-and-more:

six-legs-and-more:

I just found what I think is a dying great diving beetle in the middle of campus for some reason so I brought it back to my dorm and stuck it in my freezer

I’m gonna try to pin it but I have never pinned an insect before so this is not going to be pretty 

but I gotta learn somehow 

Yeah broke sound about right I just tore apart an old slipper for the foam sole

This is gonna be great

Pinning is the best! Here’s the best spot to pin a beetle in just in case you didn’t know. A little tip I wish I knew when doing beetles, especially large ones, be careful where you pin in relation to the oegs because you could accidentally take a leg off when the pin goes through

Thank you so much you all are saving my life. As a little update the beetle, besides a bit of guts coming out from the bottom of it, was in pretty good condition: wings and legs and head nicely intact. I put it in a cutout bottom of a plastic cup legs down but now the beetle is frozen to the bottom of the cup by its guts. Marvel at my professional 12am handiwork. I should have froze it upside down. Ahh the things we learn through trial and error.

I’ll have a look. I can already hear the distant screams of those who have done this for years as I eventually subject them to watching me destroy this poor bug.

This site (Purdue Entomology [link]) has some great info and tips for pinning and displaying all sorts of insects (use the table of contents over to the left of the page to navigate). When you start pinning with labels, there is a special pinning block with various heights that allows you to have the labels all exactly the right distance apart so you can read all the info from the drawer.

April 8, 2019

You know I’ve been joking around a lot but I really do mean it when I say that the bug side of tumblr is my favorite part of tumblr. Everyone has been so helpful, maybe it won’t turn out as bad as I think. Thank you!!!

Now im kinda curious…. could you pin a weevil or are thwy simply too small?

According to that site @nanonaturalist gave above, you can pin small insects, but you have to attach them to a card and then pin the card

ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE! You can buy those empty pill capsules, put your small insect in them, and then pin through the capsule. Bioquip sells the caps [link], but you can also buy them from the pharmacy for pretty cheap. 

I use them to store my tiny caterpillar head capsules (when I don’t have them just laying around in a jar lid somewhere ugh).

If you use these things, make sure YOU DON’T GET THEM WET!!!!!! (they dissolve!!)

April 18, 2019

Do you ever pin any of your bugs after they di…

Do you ever pin any of your bugs after they die? Like to use to educate people? Or is it too emotional for you after their passing?

I try to pin and frame as many as I’m able! It’s part of continuing to enjoy such short lived buggos. It always sucks to lose insects you’ve worked so carefully raising and watching, no matter how long you’ve had them, but it happens 😢 (hell, it’s why most insects/spiders lay hundreds of eggs, stuff happens and that gives them a better survival chance). The two tarantulas here are Doc (P. cancerides) and Creamsicle (P. murinus). Doc was, unfortunately, a mature male, and Creamsicle had a bad molt.

Grog (D. tityus, beetle) and Anne (P. regalis) have been pinned for quite a while waiting on frames. Eastern Hercules Beetles dont live very long once maturing and Anne was a very old mature male pokie.

Sometimes, due to a bad molt (or my general ignorance for how to go about it with a particular critter), the bugs or spiders aren’t able to be pinned, but I still keep them in my sealed, padded display.

I also have friends who bring me dead insects/spiders, sometimes, too. Sometimes they’re a bit chewed on by clean up crews or fungi, so I disinfect them and place them in my frame for later.

It’s like I’m a real writer now

nanonaturalist:

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

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Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

The longer version is up on the website now! Check it out: 

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful–and Complicated [link]

And now, I don’t have to worry about my nature people stumbling across the article and finding out I have special brain flavors and acting weird around me. Now I get to worry about potential employers googling my name when they decide if they want to interview me or not and finding this. The joys of having a unique name *sigh*. I had a job interview yesterday that I think went really well, so hopefully that won’t be an issue. Not like it should matter!

The Audubon people are wonderful to work with, I need to think of another story idea so I can do it again soon.

April 17, 2019

Everything is on Fire

myfrogcroaked:

I know a lot of you are really upset about the Notre Dame fire in Paris, and I’m really sad too. To see something so beautiful and so carefully constructed be damaged by forces out of your control is very painful. As a scientist who studies species that are going extinct right now, this is a feeling I grapple with more often than I’d like. The irreplaceable work of art that I worship is nature, and to watch it senselessly crumble to the ground every day hurts my heart. I highly respect your feelings about what happened today, and I hope the parallel I described can help you better understand how many of the people who have devoted their lives to conservation feel quite often. We know you get tired of us shouting about species going extinct, and we’re sorry for the broken record, but we’re surrounded by burning cathedrals built across millennia.

How do you feel?

https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.kolby.1/posts/10156332034161139

I felt the same exact way. This week has been terrible–on Saturday, a tornado tore through the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site [link], which is an archeological site in east Texas where a Native American tribe had once lived. The historic site was also home to a newly-built (2015) museum, and Saturday was Caddo Culture Day, a festival celebrating the native heritage of the area. As the storm approached, the 100 or so attendees took shelter in the museum, which the tornado hit, tearing off the roof and collapsing in the walls [link]. This isn’t in the news article I linked to, but because of the storm, it took first responders two hours to arrive. Two of the event volunteers were Master Naturalists, one of whom was a practicing medical doctor, the other was trained in wilderness first-aid, and despite their own serious injuries, they tended to the care of others until the helicopters could arrive. 

Thing is, we can rebuild museums. We can rebuild the Notre Dame’s spire. We can look at photos of the original. The stone structure remains. Not all of the interior of the cathedral was destroyed. The holy relics were saved.

We can’t rebuild species. We can’t run in and save them after we’ve culled the species diversity down past a certain point. There are species we don’t even know ever existed that we have already pushed to extinction, and we will never know how important they were. There are species we didn’t discover until they were already extinct. There are species, right now, that we know are facing extinction, but we can’t get the government to agree, and they refuse to ban the pesticides that are killing them, and we just have to sit back and watch them all die.

I heard Alex Wild say that being an entomologist right now is like being an art historian in a world where a museum burns to the ground every week.

Well, what happens when the museums start burning every week, too? What kind of world is that? The worst part, I know there are plenty of people who don’t care about either.

April 15, 2019

It’s like I’m a real writer now

nanonaturalist:

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

image

A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

image

Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

Halp need Headline for WEB VERSION

I’m working on the edits for the web version of this essay (it’s like, 4x longer), and I have been asked for input on the HEADLINE and SUBHEADLINE for the piece. Of course, knowing that I needed to get this done tonight, because I have a job interview on Tuesday, I spent all day doing yard work and cleaning my kitchen (finally, my kitchen has been a disaster since December!). I will probably “think about the headline a little more” when I submit my edits at 4 am.

Anybody have witty ideas? Themes of the article: 

Birds
Autism & ADHD
Looking at birds
Holy hyperfixation, Batman
Taking pictures of birds

Some recent headlines and subheadlines as examples:

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Previous articles as examples: Audubon Magazine: Birding Articles [link]

You uh… think they’ll say no if I want to work a handflapping / stumpy wings joke into the title? I mean, it IS April, after all. 😉

April 14/15, 2019

mikelikesscience: Computer Science Is A Lot!I…

mikelikesscience:

Computer Science Is A Lot!

In case you didn’t know, I went back to college for a Master’s in Computer Science. My original degree is Fine Arts. 

But before I can start the Master’s Program, I have to do a bunch of Math and Computer Science Undergrad courses. Calculus, Data Structures, Object Oriented Programming, and so on.

How hard could it be? I’ve made so many Science Raps and watched so many Education Channels–it should be a piece of Cake!

OMG. I was so wrong! Studying Computer Science is so difficult! For me it was not Cake. It was more like Brussels Sprouts.

And just like my experience with vegetables, the discipline for Computer Science is an acquired taste. I had to dedicate a lot of time to studying and doing homework. I got help from tutors, mentors, peers, and professors. I had to make a lot of mistakes in order to succeed.

Now I’m about ¾ of the way done with the Undergrad requirements. I’ll be starting the Master’s Program in the fall!

So if you were wondering what the context and inspiration for my latest video was–now you know!

Hi Mike! I was in your shoes, too! I had a BA in Psychology, but it was really hard to keep finding contracts at Microsoft during the recession (I graduated in 2005) when I was competing with people who had computer science degrees and way more experience.

So I went back for a BS in engineering (I studied chemical) and eventually continued on to a masters in biomedical engineering. But that first term back in school, I had to retake Calculus I, since the last time I took it had been 10 years ago—it had been so long since I had taken a math class that I had to relearn algebra at the same time!

This stuff is HARD, and it’s important for people considering STEM majors to know that if they are struggling, it’s not just them! So thank you for posting this! Before I graduated, one of my undergraduate professors would half jokingly introduce me as the best student in the department, and I often felt like a total idiot in some of my classes.

It’s rare for scientists and engineers to also be effective science communicators, so I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you take as your education progresses!

April 14, 2019