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 too 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! They sprouted mostly into a partial circle shape. I'm really happy to have seen this rare fungi phenomenon! Keep exploring, peeps! :3
Hey guys! Here's something I don't see every day. A black clock beetle, which is originally from Europe! I wonder which of the many ways this lil' dude got in. Black clock beetles are ground beetles found in Europe, and eat little slugs, caterpillars, and plant matter. They are usually shiny black with legs that are a shade of red or black.
Well, I'll see you all later! Stay cool, peeps! >w<
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 my walk, 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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Hey guys! I've found a sassy little Harvestman Spider. O-oh, sorry! He isn't a spider. Harvestmans, or daddy-long-legs, are arachnids, just like spiders. They are closely related to spiders, but aren't! They are omnivores, eating decaying plant and animal matter. If they are scared, they will jump and scuttle off somewhere else. Don't be scared, though! They have no venom, but if you are allergic to misc. bug-bites, I don't recommend you handling them. I have handled them several times, once at home to take it off the sliding door, and twice at the park to make sure they don't get squished accidentally! I am always careful to not touch them excessively and not to pull on their leggies, because they will self-amputate them and run away. I handle them for as shortly as possible as not to make them stressed. They are pretty chill and see me as a funny, living, moving log. I don't advise picking them up just for fun though, if they get really really stressed they can nip! Don't cup them in your hands or they might see it as a big scary mouth. They only bite when extremely terrified though.
Stay safe! :3