This is Souperlen the grasshopper. She (or he, I don't know) is a very feisty grasshopper and has a lot to say about me trying to pick her up! When my family and I were moving, (We've already moved but I haven't posted this for all this time :3) I came across little Souperlen sitting on the wall behind the hedge. She jumps and hops with extreme agility, and got out of my grasp many times. I caught her after a while, but she bit me! She was not having any of my shenanigans, lol. She also spat some stomach acid at me, so I knew she was really sassy and scared. I left her alone after that, I didn't want her to get to scared and have to do the rancid bite again. Keep adventuring, peeps!
Today, in my neighborhood, I've witnessed a 'fairy ring phenomenon'. The fairy ring phenomenon is when a fungi produces a ring, either causing the grass to flourish or die in a circle or partial circle, and sometimes sprouting mushrooms to bear the circular shape. They are caused when the mycelium, or the roots in a mushroom grow out in a circle. (that causes the mushrooms to grow there) The mycelium breaks down nutrients and absorbs them. They absorb most of the nutrients, but some stray nutrients stay in the soil. The grass steals those runaway nutrients and absorbs them, causing them to be greener or taller. In this case, the lucky mycelium is absorbing all of them enough to sprout mushrooms! In this case, they sprouted mostly into a partial circle shape. I'm really happy to have seen this rare fungi phenomenon! Keep exploring, peeps! :3
On my walk today, in the rain, my mom and I saw something peculiar. A corncob, right next to the pathway. Weird, right? I wonder how it got there, maybe someone was having a picnic and an animal ate the corn. finished, and just so happened to drop it by the pathway for all eyes to see. Lol. That's just a theory, someone most likely was just eating corn on the pathway, finished, and left the cob here to decompose. Just don't do that with plastic!
Stay cool, peeps! :3
Today, on a walk with my mum, I found a couple of mushrooms! Both seem to be the same species, since they have such similar features. They look like bottle caps from above, and it was hard to get a picture of their gills without touching them. I don't really like touching mushrooms that I know nothing about, It just seems unsafe for me. I had to place my camera down on the ground to get a nice photo of this mushroom. It was worth it! I'm really glad that I got to document this smol fungi.
Stay cool, peeps!
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Today On my walk I found a chipmunk, a squirrel, and a little insect. The insect was cutely huddled up in this plant, but I don't know what type it is. It looks like a wasp or an ant, but it is too small to be one that I know. After that is a squirrel and a chipmunk. The chipmunk and I had a bit of a staring contest for a while. Make sure you read the captions! :3
This is a smol floof bean, or a wooly bear caterpillar. This type of floof bean is kind of common, and you can see them crawling around almost everywhere in the USA. They can eat a variety of plants, from grass to nettles, and to dandelions to violets. Their floof is not usually harmful, as it cannot inject venom, but they can cause dermatitis in some people. Be careful!
These caterpillars do not grow up to be butterflies, but they grow up to be Isabella Tiger Moths. I have seen a few of these (and one even landed on my shirt once), but until now I have not been able to identify them, and I never thought that they would be the adult versions of smol floof beans!
Here in the picture you will see I got it to crawl on a stick so that I could move it onto a safe place away from stepping feet and rolling bicycles. While moving it, it became surprised and jumped off, moving into it's defensive position, a curled up cinnamon roll. Haha! I managed to kind of gently roll it away from the path, but it was still spooked, so it stayed as a roll for quite a while.
'Til next post!
(photo of moth taken by Wikipedia)
Just a little adventure of some cardinals outside my window. \_(0v0)_/
This is a dialog of this woodpecker hammering away at the tree outside my window on a snowy day. This particular species, the downy woodpecker, has been known to join or create 'mixed species flocks', where different birds join in a single flock. It would have been a wonder to see this guy hanging out with many species!
They can peck out little 'caves' in tree trunks and wood to lay their eggs in, but I'm sure he's not making one here because he's pecking such a little branch. Unless your eggs are a couple millimeters long you can't stuff them in there! XD
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the babbling of this "birb". Have a nice winter and stay warm! :)
Hi! I'm Iris! I just got into nature photography like one of my brothers! I really think I could keep doing this as a hobby. :D