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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2014 - 11:03am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
It took a lot, but I got this guy to where he'll sit still with the bug on top of his beak. (That was the hard part.)

Then I give the command, "Flippit" and he tosses it in the air and catches it in his beak and then eats it.

Max the Mound House parrot can barely talk!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2014 - 11:18am PT
And this, just in:

A bee on the fountain in the square.
A bee on the fountain in the square.
Credit: mouse from merced

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/opinion/bees-and-colony-collapse.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 12, 2014 - 05:54pm PT
Why hesitate?  You have wings, mosquito-brain!
Why hesitate? You have wings, mosquito-brain!
Credit: mouse from merced

And just for larvs...Bumble Bee Mama! Honey!
MH2

climber
Aug 12, 2014 - 06:20pm PT
I passed the 3 ladybug test even without the clue but must answer undecided on the fly.

Could be a jungle, Reilly, or could be a fly with a flair for presentation. Great pic.
WTF

climber
Aug 12, 2014 - 06:41pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#372713

photo not found
Missing photo ID#372714

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Missing photo ID#372715

Hoppers are so strange.
The Call Of K2 Lou

Mountain climber
North Shore, BC
Aug 12, 2014 - 06:47pm PT
I passed the 3 ladybug test even without the clue but must answer undecided on the fly.

Middle of the stump, just right of the ladybug? (S#!t, time to get outside.)
Plan B

Ice climber
SoCal
Aug 13, 2014 - 07:59am PT
Flame Skimmer Dragonfly...looks happy :)
Flame Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Credit: Plan B
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Sep 25, 2014 - 09:05am PT

Atlas Moth. Wing tips look like cobra.

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/wings-atlas-moth-snake-like/
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Sep 25, 2014 - 09:09am PT


Portias - amazing hunters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portia_%28genus%29
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
Credit: dirt claud
john hansen

climber
Oct 16, 2014 - 08:31pm PT
Credit: john hansen
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 16, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
Beautiful, John. I think that's a White-lined Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca albolineata.

Pretty sure WTF's is the closely related Green Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca shoshone.

Locations would help, but the taxonomy on these is a bit of a mess anyway.
john hansen

climber
Oct 16, 2014 - 09:27pm PT
Madera Canyon SE AZ.

He rode on the hood for a quarter mile to the next stop,
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Oct 16, 2014 - 10:33pm PT
I understandstand bugs have their place in nature and the food chain, but I f*#king do NOT like them, especially ticks and spiders. Creep me out.

My f*#king garage is crawling with black widows. It is a perfect nest for them though, almost always closed and cluttered with stuff.

Every time I grab something from there I have to shake it out, sometimes getting a small male, but usually a huge female with the obvious red hourglass on her underside.

I kill them onsight, but tend to spare other outdoor spiders. Except Recluses.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 16, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
There are NO populations of Brown Recluse in California. Around a half-dozen have been collected in the state, always associated from a recent move of furniture and belongings from its natural range.

Desert Recluse are around, but aren't likely to give you too much trouble (not that the Brown are necessarily all that bad either).

Read these:

http://spiders.ucr.edu/myth.html

http://www.kcet.org/news/the_back_forty/commentary/the-persistent-myth-of-the-california-brown-recluse.html
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 20, 2014 - 09:15am PT
What's this? Found on the west shore of Tahoe.

What is this?
What is this?
Credit: Brandon-
Tvash

climber
Seattle
Oct 20, 2014 - 09:47am PT
That looks like a pine sawyer beetle
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2014 - 02:51pm PT
Holy crap!!! check out the size of this spider eating a lizard!!!
If you hate spiders and want to sleep tonight I suggest not viewing this. :)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6d7_1413832559
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Oct 20, 2014 - 05:26pm PT
How about some insect poetry?

(Okay, it's doggerel.)



The Blackfly
(Simulium horribilis)


I look upon these tiny gnats with absolute revulsion,
Their vicious bite is not a sting, itís more like an avulsion.
Itís also lubricated with saliva thatís so venomous
I fear its consequences more than root canals or enemas.
It leaves you with a week of welts and bleeding scabs and itches.
Iíd love to spray some genocide on all those sonsavitches!


MH2

climber
Oct 31, 2014 - 10:36am PT
Yes, but the blackfly stream-dwelling larvae are averse to pollution, so having blackflies around is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. And why I am in favor of pollution.


Here is a beetle I have often seen before out in the woods. I just found out that it is not a vegetarian.



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