An advertisement from last April Fool's I made about my pet stinkbug Gertrude. (R.I.P.)
This is a fluffy caterpillar I found on a trek last summer! A very good boi. It is a hickory tussock caterpillar and grows up to be a very pretty and spotty moth. Don't touch the caterpillar though, as it will give you a nasty rash! They like to eat the leaves of nut trees and are common in eastern north america. :>
Hello! During quarantine, I can't get outside and go on nature walks so much anymore, so I'm posting pictures I forgot to post in the past.
These are some of the stray cats that hang out in my neighborhood. They are very nice, but don't feel good with being too close to humans yet. However, a few days ago in present time, the brown and orange brown tabby cat meowed at me once outside of my door. They are very cute and like to loaf.
I was looking through some old photos from last summer and found this! A poor bird died here, killed by a hungry cat, hawk, or other animal. It was quite sad to see, but it's the circle of life. Sometimes, a creature has to die for another to live. :c
Here's some photos from last July. It really was a wonder to find a bird's nest nestled down inside a tennis net pole. I don't know what species this determined birdie parent and her eggs are yet. Sadly, none of the little blue eggs survived. I reckon other birds found the nest and picked the eggs off one by one. I actually found a shell of it on the fence of a park near this tennis court, so maybe a bird took it there to eat- or some kid took it and broke it there! I think it was a bird, though. It was very sad to see this poor little bird's family disappear. :(
Hey everyone! This amphibian here was a tricky one to identify. It has gills like an axolotl or baby salamanders'. I'm thinking it's a baby mudpuppy since adults grow very large. I'm not sure it is even one, though! Sometimes it's really hard to identify animals... :P
My family and I were hiking along a stream when we spotted a beautiful creek. I thought it might inhabit a lot of life, so I looked under rocks for tiny creatures. I turned over one and found this adorable slimy fella! It didn't like me holding it and was very eager to squirm out of my grasp, so I didn't hold it too much. Besides, it might dry up in the breeze and suffocate!
That's all for now! More photos will be coming soon. :>
Hey everyone! This is my sweet new pet Madagascan Hissing Cockroach named Rema!
After a long, long time of research on how to care for her, I finally got her. We got her shipped to us from amazon, and she came with a partner which died during shipping. :( We're going to get Rema a buddy, since they are colony animals.
Every night I wake up at around 2 to 5 o'clock to let her have her 'waddle-around' time. At that time, I clean up her enclosure and replace her old food. She loves exploring, so every day I change and remodel her 'yard'. After hanging out with her, I go back to bed after putting her in her house. She's nocturnal, so she only comes out to explore at night. Sometimes late, sometimes early, it depends on her.
That's it for now! More updates on Rema soon! Cya all later! :>
Hello guys! I just found a male Arabesque Orbweaver. At least I think it is that species... feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken! ^w^ This adorable little spood was very shy, and once it realized my presence it started to shuffle deeper into the bark~ After a bit of research, I came to the conclusion that this was an Arabesque Orbweaver. Well, they live in Central Ohio (where this was taken), all the photos I've seen of them look like this guy, and they have been seen in midday (when this was taken) and can hang out in trees (where he is). I also know he is a male, because males are slimmer than females. Females are very CHONK-y, and the chonk level is the easiest way to differ the genders of these Orbweavers.
Well, that's it for now! I'll cya later, peeps!
Hello everyone! What's up? A bit ago I was checking my old files for something I didn't post, and I came across this peculiar berry! It looks like a strawberry, but little and... well, it looks like a bunch of tiny beads were stuck onto it. It's called a mock strawberry! Mock strawberries are edible, but they taste awfully flavorless according to my research. It would be no use eating it for its flavor, however some studies claim it has some medicinal purposes! At least, that's what I heard anyways. I recommend being very careful about eating wild berries, and I don't plan on eating these anytime soon! Sooo... I'll see you soon, peeps! Keep exploring!
So, that's all for now, guys! Later, peeps!
Hello! Today I went on a walk with my mom, and came across this Smol Floof Bean, or as some people call it, a caterpillar. It was this amazing yellow-orange color, and it looked like a fuzzy, living Cheeto. I picked it up with a stick and put it on a bush. It kind of looked like a Woolybear Floof Bean, but it was too yellow and had no black or dark brown on part of its fur. It was speedy, too! Woolybears are slow and plodding, even when they're scared. This one was so energetic, that maybe it's the Usain Bolt of the Floof Bean world!! It's a possibility!
Keep learning, peeps! =0w0=
Oh! Hello again! It's that little grey-and-white cat from last autumn. Again, this adorable kitty was being very friendly with me. I found her here, in the spot where we first met, and I took a picture of her before she slunk under a car. I approached her, and started calling her. The cutest thing happened! She peeped her fluffy-cheeked head out, and started meowing! It was more like a mew than a meow, since her voice was so high-pitched and little, like a kitten!
Well, that's all I have for now. Stay happy, peeps! :D
Here's a swallowtail butterfly and it's friends! I came across them when I passed by a butterfly bush! There were a lot of butterflies and moths, but they were all hiding inside or behind the bush. Here are some that I've gotten pics of. Captured forever in my camera! Bwahahaha! >:3
Stay happy, peeps! ^_^
This cute lil' guy is a hover fly. They drink nectar, sugarwater from hummingbird feeders occasionally, and sweat. This one didn't seem to enjoy the clover flowers, so he drank my sweat instead! As a larvae, he would have been eating aphids, and other pesky buggers. But after he changes to an adult hover fly, he goes more to liquids, like sweat, nectar, dew, and thankfully for me, a hoverfly lover, NOT blood. I would have been in bad luck if they did, though. :V
Keep hovering, peeps!
Ah, yes, what a wonderful thing to be awoken by a screechy squacky birb? I wonder why a lot of people (That I know) Complain about these borbs. In my opinion, they are a bit less tolerable than crows or ravens. (although I heard Australian magpies are screechier!) I guess that most corvids are just inherently screechy. Actually, I love corvids and basically all birds in general. It's just that this one woke me up from a very wonderful dream in food land, tasting all the foods I've ever wanted to taste! SCREEE! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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