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Tunicate
May 15, 2012





Cardiovorax posted:

No idea how anyone can hate the little guys.

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Hihohe
Oct 4, 2008

Fuck you and the sun you live under



edit:double post

Hihohe
Oct 4, 2008

Fuck you and the sun you live under



I found some bugs that were sitting on the floor of my work



Mak0rz
Aug 2, 2008



That moth is gorgeous!

Slo-Tek
Jun 8, 2001

WINDOWS 98 BEAT HIS FRIEND WITH A SHOVEL

Hihohe posted:

I found some bugs that were sitting on the floor of my work




Eight Spotted Forester. https://bugguide.net/node/view/485

Actuarial Fables
Jul 29, 2014



Taco Defender

Heard some leaves rustling, took a closer look and found this little friend.



I usually only find garter snakes, but the ones around here are (usually) black with yellow stripes. Is this just a different color garter snake or another type all together?

e. Lower-Northern Michigan

Actuarial Fables fucked around with this message at 23:20 on Apr 5, 2021

Scarodactyl
Oct 22, 2015




I was out on a walk by a lake in central North Carolina and saw this weird black bird on a log. It looked ducky (like amybe a black duck), but the head is all wrong, lile the face extends too far forward, and the beak looked narrow and pointy, unlike a broad bill. Alas my pictures all suck, but I haven't figured out what it might be. He eventually hopped down into the water and paddled away, duckwise.


The Red Queen
Jan 20, 2007

You tricked me!

You said dis place was fun, but it ain't!

Cormorant, maybe?

its all nice on rice
Nov 12, 2006

Sweet, Salty Goodness.



Buglord

Looks like a cormorant to me. Such pretty birds.

my cat is norris
Mar 11, 2010

#onecallcat




Actuarial Fables posted:

Heard some leaves rustling, took a closer look and found this little friend.



I usually only find garter snakes, but the ones around here are (usually) black with yellow stripes. Is this just a different color garter snake or another type all together?

e. Lower-Northern Michigan

Hmm.

Could be a brown snake! Juvie browns look like that in some pics I looked up.

Scarodactyl
Oct 22, 2015




Thanks! I had never seen one before, and I'm glad to see from photos that they're just as weird-looking as I thought.

CaptainSarcastic
Jul 6, 2013

HAIL SATAN



Cormorants will range surprisingly far inland. I'm about 60 miles or so from the ocean and we get cormorants, pelicans, and gulls here at different times of year.

I've seen cormorants in the middle of Arizona about 300 miles from any ocean.

Stickman
Feb 1, 2004

much, much larger than your hat, but not as large as the moon
-DNA


Yeah, if you see that distinctive body plan and head tilt it's either some species of cormorant or a stabby-stabby anhinga (and anhinga have much narrower heads and beaks!) Loons have a similar body plan for underwater pursuit fishing, but they almost never perch out of the water. Very cool birds!

Here's a crab spider we found hiking in the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve on leeward O'ahu:


I'm pretty sure it's a Misumenops species endemic to Hawai'i because it seems to be the same as these folks' awesome pictures. Apparently there's at least 16 endemic Misumenops, but I haven't been able to find an online guide or even pictures for most of them.

Also, unidentified millipede out for a stroll:


CaptainSarcastic posted:

Cormorants will range surprisingly far inland. I'm about 60 miles or so from the ocean and we get cormorants, pelicans, and gulls here at different times of year.

I've seen cormorants in the middle of Arizona about 300 miles from any ocean.

That's cool - I've only ever seen them on the coast! Apparently the double-crested cormorant's range is "all of the contiguous US".

Stickman fucked around with this message at 04:43 on Apr 6, 2021

Cardiovorax
Jun 5, 2011

I mean, if you're a successful actress and you go out of the house in a skirt and without underwear, knowing that paparazzi are just waiting for opportunities like this and that it has happened many times before, then there's really nobody you can blame for it but yourself.

Stickman posted:

Also, unidentified millipede out for a stroll:

Looks like Anadenobolus monilicornis to me. Native to the Caribbean, invasive to the US, sadly. But what a pretty little invader he is.

Stickman
Feb 1, 2004

much, much larger than your hat, but not as large as the moon
-DNA


Cardiovorax posted:

Looks like Anadenobolus monilicornis to me. Native to the Caribbean, invasive to the US, sadly. But what a pretty little invader he is.

That looks like a perfect visual match, thanks! No mention of Hawai’i, but O’ahu is basically a free-range zoo at this point so it’s not surprising

I was amazed that the crab spider might be endemic because nearly everything I id is introduced (by human activity)!

Cardiovorax
Jun 5, 2011

I mean, if you're a successful actress and you go out of the house in a skirt and without underwear, knowing that paparazzi are just waiting for opportunities like this and that it has happened many times before, then there's really nobody you can blame for it but yourself.

They are popular pets, so it's entirely possible that some escaped from their owners and established a breeding population there. I recently found a spider in my home that turned out to be a tropical breed of false widow. They've been long known to be found in greenhouses all over the world occasionally, but apparently they've managed to spread a lot farther than anyone expected.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

The hares need to change out of their winter outfits!



The mice need to get out of my dang house! (Though they are adorable and they could stick around if they didn't steal my food and poop all over.)

Leon Sumbitches
Mar 27, 2010

Dr. Leon Adoso Sumbitches (prounounced soom-'beh-cheh) (born January 21, 1935) is heir to the legendary Adoso family oil fortune.







Buglord

I'm planning a honeymoon to Belize in 5 months and am very excited about the number of critters we'll be seeing. Apparently, 26-40% of the country is natural preserves. If anyone has any critter-scoping guides for this part of Central America, pass 'em my way!

Slo-Tek
Jun 8, 2001

WINDOWS 98 BEAT HIS FRIEND WITH A SHOVEL

Leon Sumbitches posted:

I'm planning a honeymoon to Belize in 5 months and am very excited about the number of critters we'll be seeing. Apparently, 26-40% of the country is natural preserves. If anyone has any critter-scoping guides for this part of Central America, pass 'em my way!

I had a blast...er...18 years ago, touring Actun tunicil mucnal near San Ignacio. Mayan sacrifice caves full of dead mayans and live spiders. Pretty good jungle trek to get in...again, a long time ago, with a generous plenty of critters to see.

Mister Mind
Mar 20, 2009

I'm not a real doctor,
But I am a real worm;
I am an actual worm


This dingus is back on my front porch for a second year now. (sorry for poor photo quality; ringneck dove)

Stickman
Feb 1, 2004

much, much larger than your hat, but not as large as the moon
-DNA


Have they been successful? We've had some zebra doves try a similar alcove couple of times, but they only seem to get a couple of strands of grass to stay and the egg usually rolls off. They seem really bad at nesting, but they're also the most common bird on O‘ahu so they must figure it out eventually

Stickman
Feb 1, 2004

much, much larger than your hat, but not as large as the moon
-DNA


Leon Sumbitches posted:

I'm planning a honeymoon to Belize in 5 months and am very excited about the number of critters we'll be seeing. Apparently, 26-40% of the country is natural preserves. If anyone has any critter-scoping guides for this part of Central America, pass 'em my way!

We saw a pretty great array of critters in Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, though we we're specifically looking for crawlies. Also an amazing variety of water critters staying at Off the Wall on Glover's Atoll for a week (including spawning luminescent worms), but this was 10 years ago - I'm not sure how the reefs are doing now.

If you go hiking in mosquito country, use a lot of deet and wear long sleeves/pants with close knit if it's cool enough. I came back with two bot fly larvae and American doctors don't know how to handle them! I got lucky and found a doctor who had moved from Mexico who was willing to remove them with just local anesthetic, but that was in a bigger southern city. I could have sworn that I read somewhere that wiping down mosquito bites with alcohol soon after they occur can also help since it takes a short while for the eggs to hatch after they fall from the mosquito, but I can't seem find that advice anymore!

BOOTY-ADE
Aug 30, 2006

BIG KOOL TELLIN' YA'LL TO KEEP IT TIGHT


Cardiovorax posted:

I found a little guy like that with his wing stuck in a gap outside my window once. I managed to pry him out and tried to give him water, but sadly he didn't make it.

They are exactly as soft to the touch as they look. No idea how anyone can hate the little guys.

I used to see little fruit bats all over when my family lived in the UK & they were cute as heck always hanging out in the crabapple trees outside our house, plus our porch lights brought in lots of tasty bugs for them. I think most of the hate/fear people have comes from knowing bats carry rabies, so nobody really wants to mess with them if they don't have to.

Mister Mind
Mar 20, 2009

I'm not a real doctor,
But I am a real worm;
I am an actual worm


Stickman posted:

Have they been successful? We've had some zebra doves try a similar alcove couple of times, but they only seem to get a couple of strands of grass to stay and the egg usually rolls off. They seem really bad at nesting, but they're also the most common bird on O‘ahu so they must figure it out eventually

Oh, yeah. They’re so good at sitting still, but last year the dog and I rousted a couple of fledglings by, y’know, having the temerity to walk out the front door.

CHUCK WAS TAKEN
Aug 1, 2004
this kid has heart

yo, anybody know what kinda bug this is?



I just saved it from my cat. Best guess so far is a cicada with its wings tucked in? but it doesnt look like a cicada to me?

CHUCK WAS TAKEN fucked around with this message at 03:20 on Apr 8, 2021

The Chad Jihad
Feb 24, 2007




Looks like a Giant Water Bug!

CHUCK WAS TAKEN
Aug 1, 2004
this kid has heart

The Chad Jihad posted:

Looks like a Giant Water Bug!

it sure does! I thought I knew all the big bug species around here by now, but sure I've never seen one of those before. I figured it was aquatic because those front legs look like they're built for swimming. thanks

Mak0rz
Aug 2, 2008



CHUCK WAS TAKEN posted:

it sure does! I thought I knew all the big bug species around here by now, but sure I've never seen one of those before. I figured it was aquatic because those front legs look like they're built for swimming. thanks

The legs are for catching and grasping prey. One as big as that can easily be a frog or fish killer.

Be mindful when you handle them. They have extremely painful bites.

CHUCK WAS TAKEN
Aug 1, 2004
this kid has heart

lmao yeah, I saw there's a Coyote Peterson video even. seems I lucked out on that one

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005


Clever Betty

they are vicious predators, hunting small fish, amphibians, even turtles and baby birds if they can get them.

Hihohe
Oct 4, 2008

Fuck you and the sun you live under



This caterpillar suprised me

Scarodactyl
Oct 22, 2015




BOOTY-ADE posted:

I think most of the hate/fear people have comes from knowing bats carry rabies, so nobody really wants to mess with them if they don't have to.
Avoiding all contact with bats is definitely a Good Idea. They host a wide variety of horrible diseases even outside rabies and The Obvious, and you might not even feel a bite when handling one.

The Red Queen
Jan 20, 2007

You tricked me!

You said dis place was fun, but it ain't!

Some weird bird under my bird feeder.

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Bismuth
Jun 10, 2010

the belly button hungers

Hell Gem

The Red Queen posted:

Some weird bird under my bird feeder.



thats an escaped summer sausage

sexy tiger boobs
Aug 23, 2002

Up shit creek with a turd for a paddle.



Scarodactyl posted:

Avoiding all contact with bats is definitely a Good Idea. They host a wide variety of horrible diseases even outside rabies and The Obvious, and you might not even feel a bite when handling one.

Just stick to handling the bigger ones like big browns or hoarys, you'll know when those fuckers bite you.

Blue Footed Booby
Oct 4, 2006

got those happy feet




Slippery Tilde

I was walking through my basement and got buzzed. This dood ended up landing on a model T-55.


Safely escorted outside.

Edit: northern Virginia, in case anyone has any suggestions

Blue Footed Booby fucked around with this message at 02:01 on Apr 11, 2021

ThePopeOfFun
Feb 15, 2010





This well dressed individual paid a visit to my backyard. I thought it was a bluejay out of the corner of my eye, but it was much larger.

I'm guessing scrub jay? Washington state here.

Scarodactyl
Oct 22, 2015




sexy tiger boobs posted:

Just stick to handling the bigger ones like big browns or hoarys, you'll know when those fuckers bite you.
Oh, sure you will. Five months later when they're naming a syndrome after you.


I like turtles.

CaptainSarcastic
Jul 6, 2013

HAIL SATAN



ThePopeOfFun posted:



This well dressed individual paid a visit to my backyard. I thought it was a bluejay out of the corner of my eye, but it was much larger.

I'm guessing scrub jay? Washington state here.

Yeah, that's a California scrub jay. I'm not sure about Washington, but down here in Oregon we rarely get standard blue jays. Lots of scrubs and Steller's, though. The scrubs are a different genus than blues and Steller's, and in my experience have different personalities. I have a family of scrub jays that know to land on the tree outside my front window if they want peanuts.

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Nostalgamus
Sep 28, 2010



This thing is hanging around on my ceiling. Presumably been hibernating - there's still snow outside (Norway).


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