Nature and Project Noah

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I like bugs, and spiders, but I’m not a bug collector. I’d feel too bad with killing them, so I take photos instead.

Here, I saved this Spotted June Bug from a jar of water in the back yard. It’s also called a Grape Vine Beetle, but oddly enough, its not a pest. Supposedly, they don’t cause enough damage, which seems to be true. We don’t have an issue with them.

This guy is gasping because he was nearly drowned. I let him be, and later found he was gone.  

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When having trouble identifying things, I sometimes use the Noah Project site. It’s a brilliant idea where the site uses members to create a global community of nature lovers who will help document species all over the world.

iphone-patchesYou can join ‘missions’ to look for butterflies, spiders, or flowers, and earn badges as well. I only have the Tadpole badge for now.

So I used my Noah app (iPhone or Android), which lets me share a photo and ask users to help identify it;

017It’s a Carolina Horse Nettle.

Its also called sand-brier and devil’s tomato. Don’t let the tomato reference fool you- this is a poisonous plant, and considered a weed.

I still think its pretty, though.

 

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This was a small tree, (shrub) known as a Wafer Ash, or Hoptree, known for being rather fragrant. I didn’t smell anything. I found the seeds rather interesting though.

Due to its fragrance, gardeners add this to their yards to attract butterflies. Historically, its also been used to make beer.

 

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And here we have Lazyous Kittyous, or the Lazy Cat, aka Max. He’s enjoying these summer days in the back yard. I took this photo while brushing the dog and looked over to find Max doing this.

Yeah, cute. He wanted to be brushed too, and waited for his turn.

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