January 2012

Feliz ano nuevo amigos. Please see below a compilation of various pictures in no particular grouping. Many will be of interest to my reptile/amphibian/insect loving friends.  The rest of you will just be creeped out. I did not try to even guess what they are as I do not have good identification books for most of them. If anyone knows anything about these guys please feel free to post info to the website for all to share.

We accidentally left the outside light on one night and found a few BIG bugs the next morning. This guy is about the size of a loonie or silver dollar. Anybody know what it is?

This guy was with the guy in the picture above. This leaf was upside down. I tried to pick it up to scoop up the other large beetle and the leaf hissed at me. When I turned it over here is what I found. Identification anyone????

This big boy was sitting right above the door into our friends house. We noticed him as we went to go to bed for the night.

A frog that looks like a leaf. I am not sure how the photographer even saw him.

This beautiful moth decided camoflage is not necessary. It decided to rest on our laundry hanging on the line.

This moth has a long appendage at the front of his face, looks like a nose.

We have a variety of lizards in our area, this guy is quite bold, walks up our shade cloth material to see what is new.

Lots of mantis and sticks in the area. Very intersting to watch and camoflage is amazing. Of course, this one clearly thinks he is made of metal.

Loofah - no it does not fit in with the theme of the pictures but I just learned this and thought it was very interesting. I always thought loofah came from the ocean like a sponge. I mistakenly believed this vegetable growing on a vine was a zucchini and picked it for dinner. Once opened I discovered it was a loofah. This is quite small compared to many. When small it can be used as a vegetable, baked, sauted, stir fried, etc. Once bigger they get more of a woody texture inside. The outer skin peels off, similar to an orange, the seeds are removed and the loofah left in the sun to dry. It can be used for scrubbing! Pretty cool.



9 Responses to January 2012

  1. Donna Hutchinson says:

    Is this a rhinoceros beetle, just a wild guess.

    Too many big spiders for my taste:)

  2. Kim Blomme says:

    You should extend an invitation to John Acorn the Edmonton Nature Nut and renowned entomologist to come down and identify all the “bugs” – he would have the time of his life!

  3. Mark McFarlane says:

    I believe that the bottom thing under the Loofah is a Bic Lighter ( not that rare though)

  4. Cindy K says:

    we can’t wait to see all of these guys in person Patti!!

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