Life ūüĆ≥ Paradise: The Nature Club Page 7

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How would you like the Nature Club to operate?

icycatelf

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MOAR MOTHS!

Baltimore snout, bicolored pyrausta (its "nose" reminds me of Mothim), brown-shaded grey, eastern tent caterpillar moth, Hawaiian beet webworm moth, large lace-border, orange-patched smoky moth, pink-patched looper, southern tussock moth (I love its subtle rainbowy hues), and yellow slant-line


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VisionofMilotic

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Happy Earth day folks!

I wanted to share some environmental conservation news here. I found out about the Washed Ashore Project. What Washed Ashore does is remove plastic from oceans to reduce our water pollution. Volunteers have cleaned up miles of beaches, and taken tens of thousands of pounds of trash out of the water over the past decade. Artists also volunteer their services. They recycle the plastic, and make giant sculptures of our world's marinelife. It looks really cool, and the size of the sculptures illustrate well how much damage we're doing to the environment, making it a less abstract concept, while carrying a positive message at the same time, because hard-working and thoughtful folks here are doing their part to help our oceans. You can check out some of the different sculptures here.

https://en1.0f5.myftpupload.com/galleries/

My favorite image is the puffin! I love how realistic his feathers look.



I wouldn't mind walking through one of these exhibits.


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icycatelf

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A lot of those sculptures are even more mesmerizing up close. The eagle's wings! My favorite is probably the sea dragon though, just because I've been fascinated with sea dragons since I first saw them on TV (the "Dark Magician" of a card game idea I came up with back in middle school was even based on a sea dragon‚ÄĒa leafy sea dragon).

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It's either been too warm or too wet for me to want to get out lately, but I've still got more old photos! American groundnut, bush katydid nymph, common whitetail dragonfly, eastern garter snake (I need to get a better pic of one of these guys), great spangled fritillary, narrow-leaved blue-eyed grass, pintail beetle, seepage dancer, suede bolete, and yellow-legged mud-dauber

I also got a new camera, but I haven't been able to adjust to it yet...


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icycatelf

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A horde or Bellsprout appeared?



I know Bellsprout is primarily based on pitcher plants, but its English name and "Flower Pokémon" category suggest that it could also draw inspiration from bellflowers. There's even a Bellsprout card that appears to have bellflowers in the background (possibly spotted bellflowers, but I'm not well versed in plants), and the Japanese name for Violet City, home of Sprout Tower, means bellflower!

That said, these bellworts (genus Uvularia) aren't true bellflowers (genus Campanula). "Bellflower" is just one of their common names.

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More of my past photos (moth edition): an American ermine moth, common looper, dark marathyssa, fervid plagodis, hitched arches, maple leafcutter moth, pink-barred pseudeustrotia, shagreened slug moth, splendid dagger, and Virginian tiger moth


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icycatelf

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My final non-moth batch, at least until I get more shots: Here's an azure bluet, buffalo treehopper nymph, a male and female dobsonfly, fairy inkcaps, northern flicker, pleasing fungus beetle, redbud borer, spined micrathena, a rarely seen hyperparasitoid wasp (Taeniogonalos gundlachii), and a white-crossed seed bug

Male dobsonflies look scarier, but it's the female's shorter mandibles that deliver the more painful bite. And hyperparasitoid wasps parasitize parasites!


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icycatelf

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Got a couple new moths recently: a Gray Scoopwing and an Oval Abrostola. I was surprised to learn that scoopwings are closely related to the butterfly-like swallowtail moths!

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Chickadee hatchlings! So ugly but so cute. >w<

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I also spotted some cool swirly clouds the other night. I know moot about weather, so I've no idea what to call this sort of formation/phenomenon.

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Got a couple new moths recently: a Gray Scoopwing and an Oval Abrostola. I was surprised to learn that scoopwings are closely related to the butterfly-like swallowtail moths!

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Chickadee hatchlings! So ugly but so cute. >w<

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I also spotted some cool swirly clouds the other night. I know moot about weather, so I've no idea what to call this sort of formation/phenomenon.

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Thank you for not just this batch, but every single post!!!

The same goes for everyone in this awesome club btw!

I haven't been able to enjoy being in nature very much lately - even in my own garden - so being able to get my fill of our beautiful world in here is always much appreciated ‚̧ԳŹ
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Starlight

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Hey lovely beautiful nature people! Figured I'd should join up! Got a garden and such after all.



I've also got a cute lil guy to show you guys! Bit of backstory: he was in my lettuce which I wrap in a damp towel and keep in the fridge to ensure it stays crisp and fresh. Green leaf lettuce. He was in there for a week when I snapped the leaf off to feed my reptiles, and plopped onto my counter. I thought he was dead but I was busy so I didn't toss him out then. But I saw him later, alive. I can appreciate tenacity, so I put the lil guy in a small bowl with a leaf of spinach. Gave him a small spritz of water, too. He got better, and by the end of the day, I set him free since he kept trying to escape the bowl. Still couldn't fly, but I didn't want the cats to get him.

Here's a pic my husband got:


Does anyone know what this is? He was REALLY small, maybe 6 mm. Streamline all the way down his body, even though the picture makes it look like he had a thick abdomen. You can hardly see them, but he has two wings. Never used them in here, not sure why but it kept him safer, I guess. Hope he's doing okay outside.
Hello and welcome!!!

In this part of the world I'd say that was a shield bug.
Mega Diancie
Type: Rock / Fairy
Shiny: No
Received @ 31,077
Hatched @ 31,092
Lv.100 @ 31,302
Gigantamax Corviknight
Type: Flying / Steel
Shiny: Yes
Tag Partner: Megan
Received @ 31,125
Hatched @ 31,140
Lv.100 @ 31,350
Paired with Roni | My VPP Trainer Stats

Ninetales

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Tremendous photography! Scrolling through this thread is truly a delight!! <33


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icycatelf

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Gotta take a break today to charge up my batteries, but here are some things I've found over these past few days:

Widow Skimmer (immature male)
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Acanthocephala Leaf-Footed Bug egg
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Hedgenettle
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Spotted Apatelodes (NSFW)
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Fiery "rug" (ozonium) of the Firerug Inkcap
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Gray Petaltail
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icycatelf

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Got my clearest chipmunk photo yet and found a Pidgey fledgling wren in a Christmas tree!

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And some more of my past moths: the Ash-Tip Borer, Cross-Lined Wave, Explicit Arches, Gray-Edged Bomolocha, Ironweed Root Moth, Orange-Tufted Oneida Moth, Rustic Quaker, Small Bird Dropping Moth, Hebrew Moth, and White-Blotched Heterocampa


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VisionofMilotic

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What a beautiful collection of months! The chipmunk and wren was also a great surprise!

I have been enjoying hearing the birds sing this summer, and watching them shower in the bird bath. They are frequent visitors around my house, hunting for insects and fruit in the garden.

I was thinking that it might be nice to install a birdhouse to make things more cozy for them in the backyard. Maybe even a feeder when the seasons change to help them out when food gets more scarce for to find.

One thing that does give me pause though is that the next door neighbors keep their cats outside. The cats come and go as they please from yard to yard, roaming the neighborhood, and wear no collars with bells to announce their presence, so I worry about them hunting and catching birds and other small animals. I realize that they are just following their natural hunting instincts, so I don't blame the cats, I like them too actually, and have one of my own. I just wish that more people who acquire cats would also raise them carefully to avoid harming the local wildlife population for no reason.
I was hoping to feed the birds outside, and was wondering if it might be possible to do this, and maybe even have a house for them, but also keep predators from getting too close. Is there a relatively low risk way to do this?

I have heard some tips like making sure birdhouses are in extra high trees to make climbing more difficult and avoiding ones with perches, and using metal feeders might be good because the cat might slide down. Alternatively areas with open spaces so that it's harder for cats to conceal themselves. I'm sure that there's even more I can do, and thought I would ask around the nature club though for any advice that may be useful that I might not yet have heard. Are there any other materials or designs or openings ways to that might keep cats away? Feeders that rodents can't access would also be good.

While I am here, I thought I would ask everyone this topic question.

What birds reside in your area?

I usually notice cardinals where I live. They are the official bird of my state in fact. They are pretty and quite distinctive bird all dressed up in red.

I also encounter robins, oriels, finches, sometimes woodpeckers, maybe a mockingbird and on special ocassions I might see a hummingbird! I would love to have more of those guys :)

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icycatelf

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Spotted my first Pipevine Swallowtail yesterday! Started wanting one a few years ago when it occurred to me that Shiny Venomoth might have some kind of connection to them. Not the greatest shot though since my usual camera was charging. Distasteful (and potentially fatal) to predators thanks to their larval diet, several species mimic the appearance of these toxic butterflies.



Wish I was also able to get a shot of the inside of its wings. Males have such shiny hindwings. *_*

Found a few other new things over the past few days as well: a Broad-Headed Sharpshooter, Pink-Washed Leafroller Moth, and an Orange-Headed Epicallima

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And though I found a Red-Spotted Purple Admiral cat. before, this was my first time seeing the reddish early instar. Looking fierce!

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What birds reside in your area?
Already posted most (if not all) of my birds earlier in the thread, but some of our birds that have caught my eye include ruby-throated hummingbirds, woodpeckers, brown thrashers, European starlings, bluejays, cardinals, Carolina wrens, tufted titmice, eastern towhees(*), chipping sparrows, hooded warblers(*), scarlet tanagers(*), mourning doves, bluebirds, hawks, turkeys, herons(*), goldfinches, chickadees, and brown-headed cowbirds. (Those marked with an asterisk are less common.)

We've also got owls and whip-poor-wills, but I've never seen the latter and only saw the owl that Dad brought home to rehabilitate.

EDIT: Bad pic, but I spotted a hawk in the rain yesterday that seemed a bit more "pink" than the kind we usually get. Turned out to be a red-shouldered hawk!



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icycatelf

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Some new insect friends from the past week or so:

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That's not a juvenile walkingstick, it's a thread-legged bug! With their spindly legs, this type of assassin bug sneaks into the webs of spiders to steal insect prey. They may even feed on the creator of that web!


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Tree cattle are a type of barklice. Herds of these beneficial insects feed on dead bark, lichen, etc.


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European drone fly, a honeybee mimic. Larvae of this genus are aquatic and known as "rat-tailed maggots."


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Leucochrysa insularis, a type of green lacewing. Larvae of this species are known to adorn themselves with snail shells!


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The Calliopsis Cuckoo Nomad Bee is a kleptoparasite of the eastern miner bee.


What's that? You want another batch of moths too? Have some more then! Here's a Yellow-Shouldered Slug Moth, Splendid Palpita, Spiny Oak-Slug Moth, Saddled Prominent, Peachtree Borer Moth (female), Lesser Maple Spanworm Moth, Greater Oak Dagger, Eastern Panthea, Curve-Toothed Geometer, and Assembly Moth (aka Stained Glass Moth).


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I just recently discovered a lovely little recipe for cookies made with rose petals. We have so many beautiful flowers in the garden that I wanted to do more to make use of them.

They are simple to make, just a few ingredients, sugar, flour, rose water, petals and butter. Because I don't use dairy products I made it with a vegan country crock butter that is made with palm kernel and canola oil, and it was a great substitute, the cookies were fluffy, buttery and soft. These cookies taste kinda like thick, homemade sugar cookies, but with these pretty fruit-like spectacles. I thought I'd share this with the nature club because they were made with home-grown roses. Beside it is rose cut from a new, gorgeous addition of red rose bush. It's called the opening night hybrid tea rose, the petals are like velvet and smells like cherries.



Here is the video if anyone wants to make cookies from fresh flowers. I really think they are pleasant and unique, delicate flavor and look just a dainty and pretty. I didn't wait overnight for the dough to absorb the flavor, a few hours was sufficient for me. I'm too greedy. Happy summer folks!


Name: Narcissus
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icycatelf

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My mom has a few rose bushes, so I'll have to send her that link!

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One of the cats found this gorgeous Tufted Bird Dropping Moth trapped inside the kitchen window the other day. Caught and turned loose after its photo session. It's handsome as is, but it looks absolutely stunning when the light catches those scales just right. I'm hoping another shows up so I can try to better capture those incredible colors.



Also spotted these really tiny guys:

Skullcap Skeletonizer Moth
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Hard Maple Budminer Moth
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Clemens' Philonome Moth
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Basswood Square-Blotch Miner Moth
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And a new addition to the RealDex, a Codling Moth caterpillar for Applin. Don't worry, it wasn't an unpleasant surprise!



Got a few other things, but I'll save those for my next batch.


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icycatelf

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Aaand Moth Week 2022 has concluded! Didn't have a lot of activity here, unfortunately. I only got one new moth, the Belted Grass-Veneer, but that's better than nothing!



I also got a few new non-moths recently:

Zebra Swallowtail caterpillar
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Cryptocephalus mutabilis, a case-bearing leaf beetle (NSFW)
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Eastern Phantom Crane Fly
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I'd been wanting to get a photo of the phantom crane fly for a while. I've spotted them before, but their broken silhouettes make it easy to lose track of them. They look almost surreal in flight!


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A few recent moths: the Flowing-Line Snout, a particularly dark/boldly-marked Leaf Crumpler Moth, and one of the leaf miners, Parectopa plantaginisella

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And some more past moths: the Black Bit Moth, Common Oak Moth, Desmia sp., Filbertworm Moth, Julia’s Dicymolomia Moth, Morning-Glory Prominent (darker form), Rough or White-Spotted Prominent, Skiff Moth, Unspotted or Copper Looper, and Walnut Shoot Moth

As someone who adores bagworms, I've got a little bit of a grudge against Julia’s Dicymolomia Moth. Its caterpillars prey on their eggs/larvae! Helps keep the population under control though, I guess.


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Resembling a Pokémon egg, Shroomish may draw inspiration from the early, egg-like stage of certain gilled mushrooms. With its orange cap and neck ruffle, could Shiny Breloom have a connection to Caesar mushrooms?



What? Nincada is evolving!



Cross this juvenile cardinal with a Carolina wren and you'd have a nearly perfect Pidgey.



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Hadn't noticed until recently, but the aerial tubers of the Chinese mountain yam kind of resemble Chikorita, don't they?

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Also found a Pipevine Swallowtail chrysalis (hatched) thanks to the fresh adult hanging out next to it and finally got an open-winged shot of the butterfly. Still trying to find a Papilio chrysalis for Metapod!

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And this Brilliant Jumping Spider hiding out in some daylilies.

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'Tis the season for caterpillars! Found my first Trumpet Vine Hornworm last week. Not the most colorful stage of the caterpillar, but I dig the blue tail!

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Also found this Moonseed Moth caterpillar and my first later instar Hickory Horned Devil today. They were practically right next to each other!

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Doesn't the Hickory Horned Devil look like a little oriental dragon? Now I've just gotta find the adult Regal Moth!


EDIT: Aaand another one marked off the wishlist: the Crowned Slug Caterpillar!

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I feel like I am viewing a wonderful encyclopedia thanks to all these crisp, eye-popping photographs by Icycatelf of the world of insects and nature walks. It's an Odyssey to come to this club, and see a these updates and additions, like a photographic journal. Impressive! My favorites include the Virginian tiger moth-- it look like frosmoth, and the Chikorita I mean the Chinese Mountain Yam and the beautiful azure bluet i.e shiny yanmega. The northern flicker bird is nice too. The hibiscus leaf caterpillar also has a great color.

Autumn has come to us here on the Northern Hemisphere, and while I'll always be a summer girl, I can still appreciate this time of year too, and each and every season for it's good qualities.

I thought I would pose the question, "What are your favorite things about autumn/fall?"

I'm currently enjoying the milder temperatures, and I also like all the autumn harvest festivals and holidays. Halloween is definitely one of my favorites. I love the magic of the costumes, and scarying eachother by telling ghost stories and watching horror movies, and putting up creative decor, going to events. It's a fun time of year.

One of the biggest highlights I find is that this is thd time of year where the sweet olive trees smell the most fragrant. When I step outside I am always taken by the aroma, some people say they smell like apricots, I thought it was more of a baby powder scent, whatever the case- it's wondrous.

I also love all the fall baking, and being able to take advantage of all the seasonal foods, drinking hot apple cider and making delicious pumpkin bread.

If you are living in the United States I found a nice interactive map to track the autumn leaves as they change around the country, and predict what they will look like in your area or a state that you plan to travel to in the upcoming months.

Right now everything still look bright green and like summer in my state, and most of the country, but at the start of October some leaves are going to start turning light golden yellow in my home of North Carolina, warm orange by the middle of month, and at the end there will be brilliant reds. My dad likes to go on autumn road trips through the mountains, so we should be seeing a grand view of the fall leaves soon.

https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

Name: Narcissus
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I got Haxorus on "What Dragon-Type Pokemon are you?" https://quotev.com/quiz/5077163