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Old 07-06-2015, 10:15 AM
Location: The High Desert
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Inflated Desert Blister Beetle?

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Old 07-06-2015, 11:12 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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bats are good.

SunGrins-I don't like bugs but I do like photos of bugs. That's a likable photo of a bug.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:24 PM
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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This morning I saw a Lesser Goldfinch and a Cactus Wren in the yard.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:48 PM
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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I must be in the direct flight path of a beautiful golden eagle. Just saw her again about a half hour ago. Didn't get to snap a photo, but here's a wiki reference pic. She is huge!
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:43 AM
Location: deafened by howls of 'racism!!!'
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Originally Posted by SunGrins View Post
Inflated Desert Blister Beetle?
yep. navajo indians call them 'water haulers.'

Sunday WaterHauler - Megetra vittata - BugGuide.Net

i slapped the biggest mosquito i ever saw in my life last night. dang thing must have had an eighth of a teaspoon of blood in it.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:11 AM
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Well, this might be a bit different, but...

Several years ago I was biking to work when I saw a rather fat cat playing with something in the road. So I stopped my bike to take a look, and it turned out that the cat had captured a field mouse. He was playing with his catch, letting it run back and forth between his paws, every once in a while pouncing down on him. The poor mouse was terrified, and I felt I should try and do something (obviously the cat was not in dire need of a meal) so, using my bike as a shield, I managed to get between cat and mouse. I was hoping the mouse would see his chance and dash away, but unfortunately he was confused, and every time he'd figure out that he should run, he wound up going in circles. The cat, in the meantime, was quite miffed at me for disrupting his fun, and kept trying to get around my bike and back to his prey.

After many tries to get the mouse to run, he finally started to go...but then came back and - get this - jumped up on my sneaker, whereupon he sat up, looked directly at me, and squeeked. I swear, it was one of those spiritual moments where I felt strongly that the mouse was asking me for help, and I was rather taken aback at the sense of human-animal communication that was taking place.

Sadly, the story ended not so well for the mouse - seconds later the cat managed to evade my bike blockade; he whipped around the tire and snatched up the mouse, then took off behind a group of nearby buildings.

To this day I feel sadness every time I think of that little mouse, who seemed to be pleading with me to help him, which unfortunately, I failed to do.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:33 AM
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Big spider web on the porch last night with a juicy spider waiting in the center of it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:17 AM
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Humming bird.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:50 AM
Location: Southern MN
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Don't see much of Mom and Dad robin now. Big fat baby is bathing daily in my ground bird bath taking turns with the full grown baby blackbirds who are also now on their own. They all look a little clumsy and forlorn.

I love when I get out the hose to give my plants a drink and can hear the neighborhood robins come to sing their water song. Have you heard it? To me it speaks of life and joy and hope. "There's water! It's water!" they trill in unison.

The black squirrels who must have come across the frozen river this winter are living across the street. They sneak over, traversing the yard on top of the fence, to have lunch at one of the bird feeders. The four established greys whose family has been here for decades scold them every day but they seem to be coming to a compromise.

Yesterday when the greys weren't around one black squirrel went from the feeder to the tomato patch repeatedly burying seeds. So next time they come they won't have to invade the private dinning room of the residents. Smart.

Yesterday a large, fluffy red squirrel was sitting on the fire pit. I've never seen the varieties in one spot before. Must be the FHA. Heh.

We'll see how they all work it out.

Cats go out at four-ish and sit on the deck watching. About then two brindled bunnies show up also. The Girls have long stopped bothering to attempt an attack.

Everybody's got their daily schedules.
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:41 AM
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Default Inspire urself to touch nature today

Our task must be to free ourselves from this world by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures. Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings of nature.
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