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Glumshoe my Polyphemus silk moth jk just emerged and it's September! Should I release her now?

Oh hmmm… did you keep her indoors/near incandescent light? If they get too much unnatural light cycle, they’ll eclose from their cocoons early and not overwinter. I’m not sure where you live, but here it’s too late in the season for a new generation. You might have some luck keeping her in a wide-meshed enclosure outside at night, where any male moths still hanging around might find her… but I’m concerned that even if she laid eggs, there won’t be leaves on the trees long enough for the larvae to grow to pupation and overwinter.

So. Up to you. If you want to try for the slim chance of another generation, go for it… or release her and she may either get lucky on her own or serve as a meal for a hungry owl or bat or something.

A few years ago my mother tried raising luna moths but didn’t know about the light and temperature cycle, so she kept their cocoons indoors over the winter where they stayed warm and were exposed to incandescent light. They ended up eclosing just before Christmas—there was nowhere for them to go, so we just had ~20 giant green moths fluttering around loose inside our house for a week before they died.

Glumshoe my Polyphemus silk moth jk just emerged and it's September! Should I release her now?

Oh hmmm… did you keep her indoors/near incandescent light? If they get too much unnatural light cycle, they’ll eclose from their cocoons early and not overwinter. I’m not sure where you live, but here it’s too late in the season for a new generation. You might have some luck keeping her in a wide-meshed enclosure outside at night, where any male moths still hanging around might find her… but I’m concerned that even if she laid eggs, there won’t be leaves on the trees long enough for the larvae to grow to pupation and overwinter.

So. Up to you. If you want to try for the slim chance of another generation, go for it… or release her and she may either get lucky on her own or serve as a meal for a hungry owl or bat or something.

A few years ago my mother tried raising luna moths but didn’t know about the light and temperature cycle, so she kept their cocoons indoors over the winter where they stayed warm and were exposed to incandescent light. They ended up eclosing just before Christmas—there was nowhere for them to go, so we just had ~20 giant green moths fluttering around loose inside our house for a week before they died.

nanonaturalist:

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pterygota:

theres some fun stuff going on in the iNatters of tumblr project!

for anyone interested, theres a scavenger hunt up, as well as badges for fulfilling objectives!

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 😀

Have fun!

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

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

pterygota:

theres some fun stuff going on in the iNatters of tumblr project!

for anyone interested, theres a scavenger hunt up, as well as badges for fulfilling objectives!

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 😀

Have fun!

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

seghs24:

nanonaturalist:

botanyshitposts:

my library purchased a new copy of this this year! I’m going to try and convince our collections department that actually, this was a Mistake and it should be weeded immediately but in the meantime, please, i need someone to share my pain (Submitted by exhausted librarian)

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this submission is causing me real physical pain like its literally like getting punched in the gut multiple times. i’m assuming here that this was a conscious choice, because i cannot imagine getting a biology book for kids published with this kind of flagrant mistake.

like not to Go Off but first of all this was a science communicator who decided this was a good way to go about talking about mushrooms and fungi because apparently kids can’t understand that mushrooms are a different thing like plants and animals are different things, and then the publisher agreed that yes, this is good, we can totally heavily imply/outright state that mushrooms are plants by putting them on the front and back cover under the words “a book about plants without flowers” and then further imply/outright state that all plants that dont flower (apparently including mushrooms) fall under the ‘gymnosperm’ label, which by the way is another thing: if we’re assuming that the author did this to try to dumb it down for kids because referring to fungi as ‘not plants’ is too complicated, WHY are they using the ‘gymnosperm’ terminology on the back cover and WHY are they applying that term to all plants that don’t flower?? or are they using it as a specific example of plants that don’t flower, in which case it’s a poorly placed description??? like you gotta choose!!! are you gonna be specific or not!!! 

also not to be Like That but JUST saying this strikes me as an example of like… very poor attention being given to botany and mycology in primary education. if you came to a kid’s publisher with a book that was like, ‘things that don’t walk: animals without legs’ and it had bacteria illustrated all over the cover and the back cover was like ‘WHAT is the squamata reptile family and WHY don’t they have legs’ i DOUBT that would fly lmao 

Lying to kids about science is the absolute worst thing you can possibly do, ever.

This makes me SO MAD.

August 26, 2019

Stop! Treating! Kids! Like! They’re! Fucking! Idiots!

Yes, obviously phrase things in a way that they can understand, but stop dumbing shit down and making outright false statements just so those poor dumb widdle kids can understand uwu

Teach kids big words! Teach them the difference between one thing and another! Stop churning out garbage and treating it like gold!

When I was in 3rd grade, I checked out a literal field guide to mushrooms from my school’s library (like, a real field guide adults would use), and I read that thing cover to cover. It was so interesting! It was my favorite book I read in elementary school! I loved it!

Then I had to sit in science class and “learn” that mammals were mammals because they had fur/hair (whales have eyelashes if you look close!), and that atoms looked like a nucleus with electons orbiting around them like a mini solar system. Then in high school I learned that everything they said in elementary school was wrong, and I had to start all over! I was pissed off!!! Then I got to college, and learned everything from high school was wrong, too!

We owe kids better than that! Stop lying to them!!!!

!!!!!

August 26, 2019

Saw a reddit thread with someone complaining that a fish they saw at a farmer's market had one of those tongue replacing parasites in its mouth. I found myself wishing for a moment that I had a reddit account just so I could comment "It's not a bug, it's a feature!"

Yeah it’s literally a crustacean so if you cooked them together you get a free shrimp. Or, more importantly, a free specimen. I would pay good money for a tongue louse in a jar :0

batcoins:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

bogleech:

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!

This blog is pro-cloaca

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

nanonaturalist:

I’m a finalist in a photography contest (???) with these two babes, winners will be in a calendar, and it’s making me think maybe I should make a caterpillar calendar of my own anyway.

Top: Vine Sphinx
Bottom: Tiger moth (unknown species)

August 15, 2019

@anunearthlyfireburningbright Neither! I used a Nikon Coolpix P900, which is a “bridge” camera. It looks like a professional camera, but it’s really just a point and shoot with a superzoomy lens and lots of options. It’s called a bridge camera because it’s in between the casual point and shoot cameras and the more heavy duty DSLR cameras. The biggest difference is my camera doesn’t have changeable lenses like DSLRs. Other difference: the P900 is only a couple hundred dollars!

I do have a DSLR camera I bought myself to try to get even nicer photos (it’s a total crapshoot with the P900 sometimes…), but I still haven’t bothered learning how to use it. So lazy! I thought the cameras would basically be the same… and… nope!!! I only have one lens for it, and it’s not a good bug or bird lens, so it’s hard to motivate myself to practice. Lenses can be more expensive than the cameras!

August 15, 2019

nanonaturalist:

bogleech:

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

annoyedbritishperson:

nanonaturalist:

whetstonefires:

lananiscorner:

gayhags:

pillowprincesslexa:

frogs-smoking-cigarettes:

pillowprincesslexa:

Europe is currently being burned alive and people still think climate change is a joke. It’s warmer in North Europe than in the middle eastern deserts.

Nearly all northern countries broke their decades old heat records this week.

Its only in the low hundreds in farenheit??? In America we get that for like a month or two straight every year??? Y’all need to deal is it really normally so cold over there that yall can live with a little heat???

If you’re gonna have an ignorant American attitude then please only stay on American posts. No one in North Europe has an AC in their houses. Stores, animal shelters, elderly houses, no one has AC. the houses are designed to keep the heat in. The people are not accustomed to the heat. A sudden climate shift like this is extremely dangerous to older people and babies specifically.

There are programs being run to inform elderly people what to do to not die in this heat. There was a heatwave in the Netherlands in 2010 in which approximately 500 more elderly people passed away than normally.

Americans are so fucking annoying

Friendly reminder to everyone who goes “what’s the big deal?”–Last year we had a similar heat wave and it caused our rivers to recede so much that people found stones with messages like “if you find this stone, weep” engraved on them, which are also known as “hunger stones”, left behind dozens if not hundreds of years ago when similar droughts hit Europe. This weather is so NOT normal for us. So very much not. It usually happens maybe once a century, but now we get this EVERY year. This is not normal.

I mean, I am on a fucking island in the Atlantic, where everything is build for really humid weather with temperatures between 5-20 degrees Celsius. Last Monday, we had 27 degrees. 27 Celsius. In a place where NO-ONE has aircon. Where we just had devastating wildfires last year.

I come from a place that has hot summers and cold winters. I know how to deal with both, but even I can tell that this is NOT normal and it is NOT healthy.

…also most of america does not break 100F for a few months a year, what the fuck, and we did so less often even twenty years ago.

and even in most parts of America that do get a lot of heat, when it’s degrees over 100 people mostly become puddles and/or avoid going outdoors. that is a killing heat by the standards of any climate, it’s just that when you’re prepared for it you’re less likely to actually die.

please do not sit in Arizona and laugh at other people for not handling heat well.

Arizona was barely regarded as habitable until air conditioning became common.

‘Sup, Texas here. It does get super hot and humid here, for long stretches at a time. Months, even. Also? Every house, apartment, restaurant, shop, library, everything has air conditioning, to the extent that I have to wear a jacket indoors all summer. PLUS every room in every home has ceiling fans. When my AC broke at home, the temp in my house quickly skyrocketed to 96 degrees F in the middle of the night.

So yeah, asshole American up there, all high and mighty with “just deal with it”? How much time do you spend where you have absolutely no access to AC? And I mean, none whatsoever? Or are you hiding in your 72 degree hole all day because the pavement will melt your shoes?

I’m from Seattle. Nobody has AC there because it never used to get hot enough to need it. But there were days when it got into the 80’s, 90’s, and even 100’s. With no AC, no ceiling fans, nothing. If you can go to a coffee shop or a movie theater with AC, great. But when you have to go back home to sleep, it’s absolute misery. There is no escaping the heat. I had to sleep under wet blankets.

Europe is a bit different. The buildings are super old, the climate is very mild, and their infrastructure isn’t set up to handle hot weather. Do coffee shops have AC? Probably not, is my guess. Buildings up there are designed to stay warm, not keep cool. Is there any escape at all?

People’s metabolisms in Europe are not acclimated to handle hot weather like people in the southern US. This is important. If you aren’t properly acclimated for an extreme climate, and you find yourself in it? You can die. If that climate comes to you? You’re screwed. You can get heat exhaustion and heat stroke in just a matter of hours.

Europe, stay hydrated. Think cool thoughts. I’m so sorry. 🙁

July 29, 2019

To answer @nanonaturalist

Coffee shops don’t have AC, cinemas don’t have AC, libraries don’t have AC, nowhere has AC. I got bit by a mosquito for the first time in my life last year since it got warm enough for the human biting ones to get up here.

Not part of answer:

I remember my aunt telling me about the differences between how they handle the heat in the summer in Florida and France when she went to each respectively recently. Apparently in Florida there is AC built into every single nook and cranny a human might find themselves inside and when you wait in outside lines where there aren’t any walls to attach AC to they spray you with water mist, they fucking spray you with water mist. When she went to France, people had no more than we did in terms of AC, people just had to ‘deal with it’. Which is fucking dangerous! They regularly passed out in lifts (elevators) which could easily lead to a death of a perfectly healthy adult if not attended to immediately.

You can’t exactly put AC in the historical buildings without either damaging the building or ruining the beauty of the architecture that made it a desirable tourist destination in the first place, so don’t just say ‘deal with it’ when we can’t exactly solve this problem with AC like you guys. I literally had to walk from a place named after the roman bathhouses we have buildings that old and fragile. I live in a house built in the Victorian era ffs, just the addition of electrical wiring itself was a shitshow, I doubt many of your buildings were built before the 40’s making it really easy for you to make the infrastructural changes.

Our whole countries are reaching temperatures of the inside of a fucking car, and when you don’t crack the window or put the AC on, your kids fucking die in the car. You have AC in your car, we don’t (metaphorically, and I need to point out the metaphor because some asshole is going to point out that we probably do have AC in our cars)

Re: mosquitos, shit. My understanding is that y’all don’t have windowscreens, either? Which is completely incomprehensible in the mosquito-ridden US. They’re terrible. I get bit about 50 times (not exaggerating) every time I step outside in the summer. Even during the day, thanks to the invasive Aedes mosquitos that blanket the southeastern US. They sneak into the house and lay eggs in the guest toilet and fishtank.

There are some historic buildings in the US, but we couldn’t give two craps about preserving old buildings here. Also, with our climate, as soon as electricity and AC were invented, they were put in everwhere. Even the super historic house museums in Austin have AC (they have to or they’d be uninhabitable and the artifacts would be destroyed—they only date back to the mid-1800’s though).

There are standing and window AC units that don’t require massive construction projects, so the older apartments and houses here ususlly have window-unit air conditioners hanging out of them. They take up the entire window, they are loud and ugly af, but… I mean, it’s air conditioning. You just plug them for power.

And yes, the water misting is accurate. They do that in Texas, too. Makes it nice to dine outdoors in the summer when I forgot to bring my polar fleece to the restaurant 🙄

July 31, 2019