Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sluggish and meandering

My brain has been working a lot like this slimy slug trail. Moving slowly with no clear sense of direction. I haven't felt much like looking for bugs lately, but I will still grab my camera if one finds me.

See you later...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blog catchup time

I haven't dragged out the ol' catchup bottle in a long time, but I have just a couple items of semi-old business that could do with a bit of the condiment.

The first of my little Ombu tree geometrid moths emerged last week. I'm sure it looks very similar to one of my many porch-moths. After I took this picture, I just left the top of the enclosure open so the moth could fly away, and I'm presuming that the second moth has since emerged and flown away as well. Also, yesterday I noticed there is still caterpillar activity under the Ombu tree at the arboretum.

My little rescued stick insect shed her skin the other night, and, just as I expected, the last 2 legs have grown out. They are still half-size, but fully functional.

In what may be my final posting on the Monarchs in Space, I saw that all 3 adult butterflies emerged successfully, but I don't know if they were given any food, or nectar substitute, or whatever they would need for nourishment. There was no mention of this on the website, either. They continued to post pictures of the 3 butterflies for a few days, until they started dying, and then they took down the photos from the last couple of days which showed only dead butterflies. I found it rather disappointing. I hope the Monarch Watch people will post some kind of follow up report about the project.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Costa Rica Lizard

Lizards are so prehistoric!

Brown Alaska Bear

Jungle Animals

The Mareola trees in Africa produce jucy fruits once a year that contain a large percentage of alcohol. The animals gorge on the fruit and you can see for yourself what happens.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Travlin' Horse

"I love the wind blowing in my mane".
From KM

St. Bernard

Taking a water break on a warm day at the Sausalito Vintage Car Show.
This dog reminded me of a St.Bernard named Eunice who belonged to my cousin that I knew when I was five.
She is proud to have her own water bottle.
From KM

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brrrrr, I'm Cold

Rockette is a Jack Russell who loves to snuggle up and cover up whenever it gets chilly outside.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

This is JayBee

Jay Bee is a miniature schnauzer and she loves Christmas. All the presents aren't for her but she does get her share. Happy Holidays, JayBee.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A tribute to Mickey

Mickey the border collie is now herding sheep in animal heaven. He was a cherished member of our family and as an obsessive working breed , he took on the job of focusing 100% on pleasing us. Whether it was guarding the baby, herding the visitors, fetching objects or just plan being attentive...Mickey was one proud animal. We miss him.

Fabulous Cat

Isn't she fantastic? This is the most independent, spoiled, self-centered kitty on the planet. But she is definitely proud.

Proud Animals

This is the inaugural post for Proud Animals and we are featuring a wonderful wild young deer that was proudly resting under a tree in my yard in Northern California. You can see a little birdbath next to him where he was drinking water. After seeing him I bought deer food to put out but I never saw him again.

Send in your favorite animal photo with a little description.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Monarchs in space eclosing

I was out of town earlier this week and I kind of forgot about the Monarchs in Space for awhile. So now I checked, and 2 of them have just eclosed today.