Picture Day

Well what can I say? Just another Picture Day!

This is a wheel bug I caught crossing the porch. I looked this one up as I had no idea what it was. I would have called it a gear bug though. 🙂

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This next one I still do not know what it is. I looked in my bug book and scoured the net for leaf mimics, as I’m pretty sure at least of that. But no luck with an identity. First an aerial view then the side to show the caterpillar-like segmented body. I found this little critter when I went out to bring in the hummingbird feeder to put more nectar in it.

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This next one I was getting in the truck to go somewhere, I saw the robber fly sitting there when I opened the door. He didn’t go anywhere when I did, which prompted me to take a closer look. What I found was he is quite busy with a housefly he had caught. Look closely and you can see the probocis impaling the little fly. Mr. robber fly was too busy sucking him dry to be concerned with me opening the truck door or the taking of pictures.

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Next up a brightly colored butterfly on the porch. I’ll have you know the doormat has since been swept.

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The next three are all of the same timber rattlesnake. I found this one freshly dead on the road, on the way to the house where my wife works as a home health care nurse. The people who live there love rattlesnake. As this ones head was smooshed and the body was fine I packed it up and took it to them. Let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you have picked up a dead rattlesnake and the damn thing twitched! I knew it was dead, knew it couldn’t bite me, but I still jumped and damn near pissed myself when that thing did the dead critter jitter. As it was found:

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Close up of the rattle, which I still have.

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And stretched out on the guys shop floor:

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This next one, what can I say? I was in the Wal Mart, walking down the aisle when I spotted this. We did not try them. Haven’t seen them again. Oddly enough I made biscuits and sausage gravy, from scratch, just this morning. It was good.

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This one, I made a trip to the dump, this sign was and still is stretched across the fence. See anything odd about it? Other than the fact you have to tell people not to go through the trash…?

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Some more southern spelling. This one in a flea market:

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This next one is most likely a case of an oppossum getting stuck in a plastic bag, meandering out into the road and getting hit by a car. Either that or Wal Mart is selling fresh oppossum and I didn’t know about it! Please keep up with your plastic bags folks. Not that that will keep oppossums from getting run over by cars, but still…

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Finally, and yes I spend too much time in the Wal Mart, another indication of the religious soaked south. Nothing like advertising your religion, it does help us spot the weirdos 🙂

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That’s it till next time! I hope you enjoyed this version of Picture Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Picture Day

  1. I can help with a couple of those!

    Your first picture is a wheel bug: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_bug
    It eats other bugs, including pests, so it’s a good thing to have around.

    Your next one is a “monkey slug” or hag moth larva: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobetron_pithecium

    I’ve tried the biscuits and gravy chips, and they actually do taste like biscuits and gravy. Pretty good, but not as good as the reuben chips, that manage to taste a lot like a Reuben sandwich.

    • Thank You! It always bugs me ( no pun intended, but I’ll take it) when I can’t identify something I have come across. I have an almost complete set of Audobon Society Field Guides (loaned out the mushroom ID book it never came home) and found the wheel bug in the insect guide. I looked and looked for the hag moth larva ID but never found it. My internet search was likley hampered by my “leaf mimic” assumptions.

      I haven’t had a good reuben in years. My daughter works at a Subway she recently told me they have a reuben which is pretty good but I haven’t tiried it yet. I just could not bring myself to even try the B&G chips. I found its existence an absudity 🙂

      A lot of people don’t know the robber fly is much like the wheel bug then. The robber fly will predate on horse flies and other pests. As will dragonflies. So long story short, robber flies, dragonflies, and wheel bugs are good to have around.

      • And crane flies! They look like giant mosquitos, but now that I found out that they actually EAT mosquitos, I’m happy to have them around,

      • I did not know that! I had learned to call crane flies galnappers when I was a kid. I suppose the nickname has something to do with the likelyhood of gals losing their composure when one lands on them 😉 I still call crane flies galnappers. I am pleased to learn they eat mosquitos.

  2. What do you want to bet that the “No Scavaging” sign gets stolen?

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