Tag Archives: postaday

Things that make me go, Ew!

29 Jul

Alright, so maybe a real entomologist is able to see the purpose and positive qualities of any insect. But there are a few creatures that I just cannot tolerate, so I decided to bite the bullet and do a few posts on the insects I find revolting.

For today I’ll just list them in order from icky to ickiest. (Sorry for being so technical.)

20130729-224535.jpg
4. Flies-I know this may sound odd, but I get seriously pissed off offended when a fly lands on my food. My husband calls me the Fly Ninja in our house. Reason being, on a hot day in Australia, you can get anywhere from a couple to four billion flies in your house at any given time. I’ll put up with it for a while but eventually I always end up going on a mass kill.

20130729-225049.jpg

3. Mosquitos-Those that know me well, know that I’m a fan of Buddhism. Mosquitos are one of the reasons I can’t convert. See, Buddhists believe in reincarnation and if we kill a mosquito, well… And let me tell you the great pleasure I take when I can get the mosquito before he can even get a drop out of me. Not very Buddhist.

20130729-225914.jpg

20130729-230024.jpg
2 & 1Maggots & Ticks-I combined these two because I’d be hard pressed to pick which one I find more repulsive. I’ll hold a huge spider, hissing cockroach, any other insect you can think of but don’t even think of making me touch either of those. The only time I pushed past the vomit-inducing, fat, blood-filled, nightmare-causing, make-your-skin-crawl tick, was when my dog had a paralysis tick behind his ear. And more importantly, there was no one else to do it. I believe I took a coat hanger and flicked it off…it was the size of a golf ball. And yes, my dog ended up paralysed from the neck down. I massaged, fed and carried him around for over a week and he’s fully recovered to this day. Tick:0 me:1

And maggots, well I don’t think I need to convince anyone on why I hate dislike them. Oh, and google ‘maggot therapy’. I can’t be the only one to have nightmares now.

So, now that I’ve done my complaining, I’ll do the unthinkable and write some posts on the positive aspects, or interesting facts (if any) on these…things.

Advertisements

Weekly Photo Challenge-Masterpiece

27 Jul

Okay, so apparently I’m a tad behind most in getting these weekly challenges done. So this time I’ll do it a bit earlier.

This week’s theme is ‘Masterpiece’. The definition is: A work of outstanding, artistry, skill, or workmanship.

20130727-220154.jpg
This is a Golden Orb Weaver’s web. The yellow droplets of liquid you see on the strands is a chemical called 2- pyrrolidinine. This chemical acts as a natural insect repellent to any ants that may think of crossing enemy lines to steal dinner.

Now that is a work of outstanding skill, if you ask me.

Daddy Long Legs

25 Jul

So, here’s another spider post but this guy is nowhere near as intimidating as some of my past blog subjects.

This is the Daddy Long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides). I found him chilling up in the corner of the bathroom. For the record, regardless of sex I usually refer to everything as “him”.

20130725-201732.jpg

Now here’s where being a fan of all things creepy crawly is a bonus because to most people, this guy would just be a mess on the bottom of their shoe. But not only is this little guy completely harmless (to us) but they have a very cool defence mechanism. When disturbed they vibrate, or bounce, in their web. It’s been said they do this to make themselves either appear larger and fool predators or if too large of prey gets stuck in the web.

I’ve used it as a parlour trick when kids come to the house. All you need to do is tap the wall near them or blow on them to get them to do it. Some do it so well they look like a blur. You can see a demonstration of this HERE in this video.

They have many other names; tangle-web, cellar, vibrating and great daddy long-leg spider.

But if you’re looking for a reason to not kill these guys, you should know that they’ve been known to kill redbacks and huntsmen. But it’s not because they are more venomous but rather faster!

With over a thousand species, these guys are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. We can only assume they’re no good at ice hockey.

Weekly Photo Challenge-Fresh

24 Jul

Fresh: Defined as recently made, produced or harvested. This is a picture of my Peron frog tadpoles. One had just grown fresh legs.

20130724-203740.jpg

Wee Wannabes

23 Jul

20130723-204736.jpg
Does your child love all things buggy, furry or feathered? Well, Wannabe Entomologist wants to see your pictures. So dig up those old photos or take some new ones of your little adventurer and email them to: wannabeentomologist@gmail.com along with their first name, age and favourite insect or animal, and they can be featured in the next post of Wee Wannabes.

And remember, for any of you big people, I’d like to see your photos as well to be featured in ‘Reader’s Photos’.

The only thing to fear is what we’re taught.

21 Jul

I know that the way I am with bugs, insects, birds, spiders etc. etc., is not the norm.  I knew it the first time I posted a picture on Facebook of a large Huntsman spider, thinking how big, beautiful and cool it was, only to be slammed by comment after comment along the lines of, “ick”, “yuck” or “creepy”.

Anyway, I truly believe that our fears, for the most part, are taught to us.  If we see our mother scream and jump onto a chair at the sight of a tiny mouse, we will probably end up feeling the same way.  Although I blame Stephen King for my irrational fear of clowns.  (see ‘It’)

And since I am a real nerd when it comes to all things nature, my two daughters are just as eager to explore as I am.  So, for this post, I thought I would share a few pictures of my little ones being braver than most adults I know.  Sometimes they held things voluntarily (the blonde one once picked up a wasp on her own-now we agree we check with Mom first) and sometimes it takes a little push.  But, as you can see, they always end up doing it.

IMG_2006

Charlie pretending to eat the grasshopper.

IMG_1988 IMG_1675 IMG_1833 IMG_1555 IMG_1676 IMG_1298 IMG_1554 IMG_1293 IMG_1628

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

19 Jul

It just so happens that this week I got some pretty cool photos during what I would call the golden hour.  And if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I also include the furry and feathered in my posts.

Enjoy!

DSC_0093-002 DSC_0096-002 DSC_0098-002 DSC_0099-002