Any entomologists aboard?
This is the base of a white oak with some poison ivy, etc. For days i have been noticing all these bugs swarming noisily around this spot: yellow hornets plus bald-faced hornets, houseflies, horseflies, butterflies, and some smaller flies or something.
I have no idea...
I've been considering radiant heat panels. The manufacturer recommends special fancy thermostats for them. Aside from the fact that these 'stats are expensive, i have some concern they may generate dirty electricity.
Do people find these heat panels work well with regular thermostats?
I had a 50W Fuxin CHE, the kind with the flared 9cm diameter on a stem. It got so hot it scorched the newspaper i unscrewed it with a short while after turning it off. Only a couple minutes later did it occur to me to get a temp read on it and it was still like 450 F!
Of course it was on a...
This friendly bird has been hopping around my place for days.
Arkansas roadrunners are a different type than what i used to see in TX.
At 0:25 in above vid you can hear the ratchet-like sound they make.
Yesterday i heard a little squeal or chirp and saw a small brown animal in my houytuynia vines in front of my cabin. Then later got a view of her body. At first i thought she must have a nest with eggs in the vines she was warning me to be careful of, but now i think she might be some juvenile...
Small Speckled King Snake was on my path. I came back with a camera and took some still pix as it moved away from me but then it turned back toward me and i started videoing. King snakes are not poisonous, and they eat poisonous snakes.
I ran over a boxie today, instantly shredding it to bits of flesh and shell.:(
In retrospect, i could have done things a bit differently.
I have a small clear area of my property that i mow 2-3 times a year to keep the brambles from taking over. As a result it has dense grass (including rye...
I am posting this here as this is not a question relating to potential turtle food (i don't think).
I live in N Central Arkansas and have seen a few of these vines in years past, but suddenly there is an explosion of them all over one area and i am just curious what it is.
Seems to be ipomoea...
This guy is not one i have seen before.
For reference, that is 2X4 inch welded wire he slithers past.
Previously i have posted about others at
I'm visiting my mom in N VA and was hiking in a local park. It was mid-50s and somewhat hazy but i spotted these 2 critters in a shallow suburban creek:
This is the best pic i could get with the old 4X zoom camera i had with me. I didn't want to get close and spook them.
Spring is here, and i've seen 4 new black rat snakes around my place, including one that seems as big or bigger than Fred whom i have posted about. And Fred must be close to 8 feet long.
And 3 wild boxies on the road so far. All 3 were parked in the road, not moving. I see this so often, even a...
My little 3-toe Rorg seems to be getting more reverse-pyramided as time goes on.
I noticed today that some of the edges seemed to be starting to de-laminate a bit.
He is pushing 4 years old now. My other 3tbt Felter, older, who is kept under the same conditions, does not have this.
Am i doing...