Everything you need for a perfect date night... movie tickets and lube
Horns are tasty!
Closeup of a katydid
Looks like Disney has gotten into the adult novelty business.
This picture of a metal roof makes my eyes go all woogey.
Just taking a break
And here I've been giving hugs away for free like an idiot.
Valve math fail
They showed me the Car Fox
Now there is a vehicle with ground clearance!
I love this license plate!
This monster is just outside my bedroom window. It is a female Argiope aurantia, the Corn Spider or Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Getting these photos was a real bother. It's so humid outside my camera fogged up the instant I stepped outside, so had to leave my camera on the deck for a while to acclimate. Then I had to hurry with the pictures because of a sudden thunderstorm.
I spent most of today building a ramp for the trailer. We had a pair of metal ramps to load vehicles into the truck, but they're not really suitable for animals. I took a couple sheets of 3/4" plywood and hinged them together to make a solid folding ramp that sits on top of the metal ramps. It should be able to support a full-size horse. I still need to attach some handles to make the ramp easier to carry.
No pictures of the ramp, because I forgot.
There was a grasshopper sitting on the fender of the trailer, so I snapped a closeup photo. Clicky to zoom in.
When I opened the garage door the other day, I found this group of harvestmen. I think they're plotting against me.
I didn't want to use anything too terribly toxic, because it's outside and the sheep or goats might get to it. We've got a bottle of poison specifically designed for use on animals. It contains permethren, an artificial pyrethroid, which are generally harmless to mammals (except cats). I noticed the box brags that the spray has a baby-powder scent. Then I noticed in the warnings that you're not supposed to inhale the vapors.
If you're not supposed to be smelling it, why make it a pleasant baby powder scent?
For several years now, I'd see the occasional millipede inside the house, but they were fairly rare. Until the past week. This year has been unusually wet, which probably accounts for the HUGE numbers of millipedes (and other aquatic insects like mosquitos) that I've been seeing outside. And now that it's fall, it's time for them to migrate. That means a dramatic increase in the number of millipedes that have wandered into the house. Prior to this week, I was finding maybe a millipede every few weeks or months at most. Now I've been dispatching dozens in a single day. And there are hundreds more outside.
Stepping on them isn't very effective, because they like to hang out in corners so I can only get them with the edge of my shoe, however their exoskeleton is strong enough to withstand that. I can only squish them if I catch them in the open.
While waiting for the dogs to do their business, I saw dozens of the darned bugs crawling around on the steps. I tried stepping on them, but it wasn't helping much and there were more bugs than I could stomp. Then I saw a tool for working with electric fence wire lying on the steps. The edge was a bit sharp, so I tried pressing it against the middle of one of the millipedes. Sure enough, it sliced the bug clean in two...
And then the head end started crawling off like nothing happened! AUGH! ZOMBIEPEDES!
It tumbled slowly end over end as it arced through the air, until it finally fell into the grass.
As God as my witness, I thought grasshoppers could fly.
A Plume Moth, possibly Hellinsia homodactyla. They're sometimes called "airplane moths", for obvious reasons. I couldn't get the camera to focus through the glass for a picture of his underside, but it held still while I went outside and took a macro photo of his dorsal side.
Moths are a lot harder to identify than butterflies.
A moth landed on the window of my car, so I snapped a closeup photo. Click for full size.
I was driving around some back roads trying to get back to the highway when I came across this railroad bridge. The two center support pylons are stone, the rest are made of wood. And yes, apparently this bridge is still used. I thought it was quite photogenic, so I stopped and snapped some photos.
You never know where they'll be hiding....
I guess this explains how they're getting so dirty all the time. And I just gave them a bath a couple days ago after they came into the house caked in mud.
Looks like this hackberry butterfly has gotten lucky more than once. I guess those eye spots really do help distract predators.
It's been off for about three days and the place is absolutely swarming with bugs. I just sprayed myself with Off and tried to go outside, then I probably looked like an insane man trying to swat at all the bugs that were all over me. I just wanted to spend the evening on the front steps, listening to some music and playing with the goatlets, but the bugs sure put the kibosh on that real quick.
I managed to dig up one spare bulb from the old bug zapper, and there should be another, but I can't find it, so I guess I have to go out tomorrow and buy another. This zapper takes two bulbs and both appear to be failing/failed.
Goatmobile! Clicky for full size goats.
Gotta love living in a rural area. Someone joked to the driver of the pickup, "I see you don't let your girlfriends ride up front."
Cadbury Clucking Bunny plushie I picked up before Easter. When you squeeze her paw, she clucks like the bunny in the Cadbury cream egg commercials.
This bug got stuck in the twists of a compact florescent light bulb and dessicated. It was extremely brittle when I removed it, as evidenced by the broken leg. I think it's some sort of crane fly.
The tire that blew out on my SO's car. You can see the spot where it blew out at about 8 o'clock on the tire.
The bugs hang around outside the doors and as soon as someone opens one, they come pouring in like a dam burst. The sticky fly strips on the porch are totally covered; I guess I need to put up some more.
Fortunately temps are supposed to drop to near freezing tonight, so hopefully that, plus my skillful use of the flyswatter, will take care of the problem.
At least it's not grasshoppers. My roommate who's lived here for quite a few years tells me one year the grasshoppers were so bad, they started eating the metal window screens! I think I'll take 87 flies over millions of metal-chomping locusts, thank you.
It's after midnight here. I stepped outside just now and the farmer who owns the next field over is still out there with his tractor, harvesting his corn. I suspect a lot of the farmers around here don't actually own their own equipment (at least, not the BIG stuff like combines) but either rent or have some kind of co-op sharing system. They get to use the equipment for only so many days, so if they're running behind they must have to work late into the night.
At least it's not mosquitoes.