A praying mantis eating a cicada at work today.

crotchetybushtit:

naturenote my b, i wasnt allowed to watch the simpsons growing up and as a result i am woefully unacquainted w simpsons references

It’s cool. I found out recently that a lot of people I know weren’t allowed to either. I’m pretty good at reading sarcasm in text posts and I realize it was your intent. However, I like playing dumb sometimes too just to up the ante. Or make pop culture references. One of the two.

Year Bird #205: Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)
While I couldn’t find a big enough photo of one in nonbreeding plumage, I did see one while visiting Mill Grove, John James Audubon’s home, in Audubon, PA.
Photo by Sue at Backyard Biology on wordpress (bybio.wordpress.com)

Year Bird #205: Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)

While I couldn’t find a big enough photo of one in nonbreeding plumage, I did see one while visiting Mill Grove, John James Audubon’s home, in Audubon, PA.

Photo by Sue at Backyard Biology on wordpress (bybio.wordpress.com)

naturenote:

Photos from work today. We got a tour of the property and there’s a lot going on in the woods and fields today!

We have a mystery tree with giant leaves whose original name we cannot find. We have an unpresidented Woolly Adelgid invasion on our American Beeches. Wildlife abounds with birds, squirrels, pollinators, and a mystery moth on a tree.

Another sad surprise as Mile-a-minute weed is starting to take over the property. And the burdock flowers silently nearby.

What a full day.

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but we found out what the mystery trees were. They are called Empress or Princess Trees and they are part of the genus Paulownia. Also the little wooly bugs on the trees aren’t Woolly Adelgids, but are Woolly Beech Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) which are a colonial species that feed on the sap of the tree.

The moth’s identity however, remains a mystery.

ronasaurus:

Sesame, our Black Australorp. A fearless lady!

Watercolor and chickens! I love it!

ronasaurus:

Sesame, our Black Australorp. A fearless lady!

Watercolor and chickens! I love it!

(via cluckyeschickens)

libutron:

Tiny Curator | ©Justina Kochansky

The little nautilus!

libutron:

Tiny Curator | ©Justina Kochansky

The little nautilus!

theshinyboogie:

Frans Lanting: A baby albatross is weighed in South Georgia, 1989

Looks like the start of an adorable recipe

theshinyboogie:

Frans Lanting: A baby albatross is weighed in South Georgia, 1989

Looks like the start of an adorable recipe

(via avianawareness)

wordstomeawhisper:

when i woke up this morning it was like *bi pride intensifies 

i can feel the collective energies of every bi person in a 10 mile radius.*

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(via bidyke)