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Bug-lovers unite!

How weird is this...I was just thinking I wanted a spider field guide, and the Audubon insect and spider guide for iPod/iPad went on sale for 99¢!

I was freaking my cats out last night by playing cardinal calls on the iPad from the Audubon bird guide :D

Man...now I'm kicking myself for not getting a photo of that weird ginormous shiny fly that was hanging out on my chive flowers earlier. And the big stripey spider that walked by.


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May. 25th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Eek. I don't wanna know what that giant spider is that hangs out on the other side (thankfully) of my window at work. MASSIVE body. *shudder* There is also a small one that goes up the wall next to the window (on MY side of the glass) every morning, but he's quite tiny so if he gets too close to me .... well, there's more where he came from I suppose. If I see the big one again I'll take a picture and send it to you. There's actually two, my coworker and I named them Peter (Peter Parker) and Natasha (The Black Widow from comic books).

You can't beat .99 though. Well, except free.
May. 25th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
My assistant is home from grad school, so he came over to help me in my yard. He comes in and says there's something he wants to show me...I go out there and he's unearthed this ALIEN from the soil. We couldn't even tell what it was. Kind of a grub. Maybe. But it looked armored--and it had this pointy front end that was waving around as if it was searching for us. It disturbed us so I had him bury it again.
May. 25th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yay for 99 cents!
But I've had my fill of nature today. I'm hibernating until winter. Every bloody snake in my yard had to greet me today. I'm proud of myself for making it into the house - with a full blown panic attack going on. Phobias suck :o(
May. 25th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
That's too bad. I've never minded snakes but my grandmother was terrified. I guess that shows it's not inherited.

Now phones...there's my phobia.
May. 25th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
I ran into a huge nest of garter snakes when I was young and that scared me for life. And it's a phobia, not just 'I don't like them'. Full on panic/anxiety attacks. Was a draining day. Now I have to convince my tenant to clean my garage so I can leave the house before winter. I put in the frantic 911 call to my gardener to weed the beds and clear the overgrowth and plant geraniums "snakes do not go, where geraniums grow' as the saying goes. And today's freak out did not help my knee any lol.
May. 25th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry if it came off that I was making light of your phobia. I actually have problems calling people due to a job I held where people called me crying every day because they couldn't afford their tuition. Now I have to psych myself up for up to a few days to make a simple phone call.
May. 25th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh no not at all. I'm sorry if I came off as being miffed in anyway :o)
I don't blame you with the phone at all. I would hate to hear all those calls.
May. 25th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
It was weird how I stayed in that job for four years. I tend to overstay bad situations hoping they'll get better.

I'm so glad I didn't come off as being flip!!
May. 25th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, four years, don't think I coudl have done it.

No, not at all. I am still rather drained from the episode and medicated :o) That I may have come off as snippy.
May. 25th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
No not snippy at all, I just realized I didn't sound serious and it could have seemed like I was minimizing your trauma rather than commiserating. (It's tempting to go to bed but if I turn in at 8pm, where does it end? Pretty soon it will be 7:30, then 7....)
May. 25th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to go to bed too. But, need to stay up and write with Ali. Stories won't write themselves.
May. 25th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
May. 25th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yay, jot it down :o)
May. 25th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
See, you have seen more snakes today than I have seen in the last 40 years. Australia is safe as compared to your little corner.
May. 25th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, until I show up and they all come greet me at the tarmac and stamp my passport and check my luggage...
May. 26th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Spider Guide according to Ali - Eight legs, spider. If it is bigger than a fifty cent piece, run like Hell. If it is smaller, walk away in a dignified manner. If it is in your house, kill.
Amanda Corlies
May. 26th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the snake phobia Andy. I, on the other hand, went the opposite way. I love snakes. I was playing in the hay loft when I was little, which was forbidden, and of course, we got caught. My uncle uncovered a nest of copperheads that we had been climbing all over to try and scare us into staying out of there. But, not one of them bit us and we'd been literally walking all over them. Plus, I thought they were beautiful to look at. I went back and watched them many times after that. I have loved snakes ever since. It's strange how events like this when we're young can push us one way or the other.

Jordan, I had to laugh at the bird guide thing. Brat the cat comes running whenever we break out the Cornell Bird Bible which has a call thingy as part of the book. Then it becomes a game of keep the cat from killing the bird guide. LOL!
May. 26th, 2012 08:32 am (UTC)
We mostly have brown snakes around here which are harmless (and boringly named.)
May. 26th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
We love bugs/spiders at our house. I would collect them as a kid. Pin their bodies to a board for science class. I used to feed spiders (put insects in their webs) and watch them wrap them in silk. My daughters do it now. They think it's way cool. So whenever we are outside, we flip rocks to see what beetles are hiding or look on the leaves to see what's crawling. Our patio garden always draws Praying Mantises which I think are the coolest bugs of all.
May. 26th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
I find the way spiders move fascinating. I don't think I've ever seen a praying mantis outside a zoo! There was a stick insect on my screen door once. Now that I have my digital guide I can start keeping track of the interesting bugs I see.
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