theres some fun stuff going on in the iNatters of tumblr project!
for those who dont know, iNatters of tumblr is a project stated by @nanonaturalist to encourage people to use iNaturalist. you can see the original post about starting the project here. i have since become a co-admin of the project.
if youre not already a part of it but want to be involved, we welcome you to join! create an account on inaturalist.org and let us (me, @pterygota or kuchipatchis on iNat, or @nanonaturalist or nanofishology on iNat) know you want to be included so we can add you to the project, because hitting “join” on the project page allows you to watch the project, but not to be included. that has to be done by us manually.
theres much more information you can see by following the link, but if you havent looked, the scavenger hunt will fun for the next two months, and heres the list:
- An example of camouflage
- A plant growing out from the water
- A mushroom
- A fish
- A pupa
- Something fuzzy
- Something spiky
- Something having a meal
- A symbiotic relationship
- Something growing on or out of a man-made object
- An animal with more than 8 legs
- An animal with no legs
- Something that lives in a shell
- Something yellow and black
- Something brown and white
- Something purple and green
- Something really common in your area
- Something not native to your area
- A bee native to your area
- Something classified as a threatened species
- A feather
- An animal track
- Mating behavior
- A plant gall
- A leaf mine
you can post the scavenger hunt list with links to your corresponding observations for each item on your tumblr blog and/or iNaturalist journal. please note that posting your observations to tumblr may mean giving out personal location information to a larger audience, so use discretion if posting to there. we may make posts featuring observations from the scavenger hunt, but will check with you for permission before doing so.
feel free to shoot a message if you have any questions, and if you are reading this, we would LOVE for you to participate!
Fun Scavenger Hunt is underway!!!
Join us over on iNaturalist to participate, and let me or @pterygota know if you need to be added to the project (the join button just lets you watch it, one of us needs to manually add you!)
You can add the badges to your iNat profile page as you earn them 😀
August 30, 2019
I’m not really participating, but here’s an oak gall wasp, Andricus quercusfoliatus:
Hint: it’s the thing that’s not an acorn, but is where one should be (lower left of the two non-leaf things).
This is on the live oak in my front yard. These are super common, and the wasps are teeny-tiny!
September 2, 2019
@jabercoll Ah, but you can’t see the wasp! This is a gall! The weird artichoke looking thing? Inside that is a wasp larva. A gall is plant tissue that develops due to another organism, typically an arthropod like a wasp, fly, or mite, manipulating it in some way to help it reproduce. For this gall, the wasp laid its egg inside the oak tissue, and instead of an acorn, the oak is growing a nice protective… artichoke thing… for the wasp larvae to grow up inside.
You have probably seen galls before, but thought they were seed pods! That’s what I thought until I learned about them! They will stay on the tree long after the wasp flies off, and eventually they’ll fall off. Oaks often have big brown ones. Look for them sometime!
September 2, 2019
Same for me, the first time I saw this type of gall! Here’s my iNat observation [link]:
Basically, I thought maybe it’s a weird little flower thing? Do oaks have flower things? Where do acorns come from anyways? Or maybe it’s a gall? But why does it look like a weird flower thing? Is it… a boy acorn???
One of my plant friends later on in the comments IDed the wasp for me! That’s where I learned abput these! This was all the way back in 2017!
September 2, 2019