Readers’ wildlife photos

Wishprom 30pcs Lace Ribbon Wands Christmas Birthday Party Streamers Wands Fairy Stick for Wedding Activities (Yellow+Lace)

Bring out your wildlife photos (good ones, mind you); I can never have enough of them on hand.

Today have another slew of great insect photos, with documentation, by Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented.

Here are yet more pictures of insects taken over the previous summer.

Dollhouse Miniature 1 12 Scale OAK and Black Dishwasher T4452.

Mattel Disney Princess Favorite Moments - Jasmine

The picture of the female is one of my favorite pictures from last summer. It is especially recommended that people embiggen this one, for she is a creature of great ethereal beauty.

 

 

Next is a mating pair of six-spotted tiger beetles (Cicindella sexguttata), by far the most common of our local species of these predatory beetles. One can see here that males have slightly longer mandibles, and that their added length assists them during mating.

 

Goki Bear Dress-Up Puzzle II in a Wooden Box by GoKiModern P olor Fahion Elati ofa for Lig Room ofa Over trethable ofa uhion Wahable ofa lipover hoolate, 4 EaterSW Star Wars Year 1996 Power of The Force Series 3-1 2 Inch Tall Figure R5-D4 with Concealed Missile LauncherGeneric Rovan Baja 29cc Engine 2T Engine Walbro and NGK

 

Next we move on to Odonates. The first two are male and female vDISPICABLE ME MINIIONS BIRTHDAY PARTY MINI SHAPE BALLOONS FAVORS DECORATIONS (QTY10) by Anagram (Argia fumipennis). The male is young. As he matures, he will gradually turn a violet color as shown in the linked picture.

 

Weiss black - Healing Spell Wendy - FT EN-S02-086 - U (FT EN-S02-086) - Fairy Tail Ver. E by Bushiroad Inc.

Moving on to dragonflies, the last three pictures are from the large family of ‘skimmers’ (Libellulidae). The first is a young male (Libellula pulchella). They will develop white markings on their wings as they age.

 

School Backpack School Backpack Size 3 Piece Set Casual Backpack Cotton Canvas Laptop Bag Available For Men And Women (color Khaki)12 Fun 9 Sport Paddleball Games Baseball Football Basketball Soccer Party Favors GiveawaysMattel Year 2011 DC Batman Power Attack Series 15cm Tall Action Figure - Swamp Raider KILLER CROC with Removable TailGeneric HD 1080P 500W Pixel Camera and Memory Card for Syma x5c X5SC X5C-1 RC Airplane

The second dragonfly is a female (Libellula semifasciata), and seeing it was a big surprise since I thought their range did not extend as far north as where I lived. It wanted to perch up high so the views were fore-shortened, unfortunately. So the picture is actually several different pictures that were taken at different focal points and then blended together by hand.

 

Finally, we have a male Eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera). The amberwing is one of our smallest dragonflies, with a body barely an inch long

 

Pokemon Snorlax Poseable Action Figure Toy There are so many dragonfly pictures from last summer, including many new species, that I probably should prepare some posts here that are dedicated to them. This is a Good Thing since I love dragonflies most of all.

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, June 2, 2019, and celebrating a kind of fudge with nuts and marshmallow (also a flavor of ice cream). It’s also International Sex Workers Day, though the Wikipedia entry is under

On June 2, 455, the Vandals began their sack of Rome, plundering the city for two weeks. There is controversy about the extent of murder and damage that occurred, although there’s no doubt about the extensive looting.  On this day in 1098, the Crusaders of the First Crusade entered Antioch on their way to the Holy Land.  On June 2, 1692, the first person tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, Bridget Bishop, was found guilty; she was hanged 8 days later.  Here’s a photo I took of her memorial when I was recently in Salem

Elastic Sofa Tight Wrap All-Inclusive Slip-Resistant Sofa Cover seat Couch Covers Sofa Towel Single Two Three Four-Seater 5824, 3 Seater 190-230cmRoyal bluee Expo International Products WhiteJJJJD Solid Wood Step Stool Step Stool Home Change shoes Bench Step Stool High And Low Stool Wooden Ladder Step Stool 2 Step Multi-function Portable (color White)

In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom (27 years younger than he) in the White House; he remains, I think, the only President to marry in the White House.  Two other Presidents married while in office, though not in the White House; can you name these two (think and then go here). On June 2, 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his wireless telegraph.

On this day in 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, at last giving citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.  On this day in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. I’ll point out again that her title is “Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth”.  So, my Kiwi, Aussie, and Canadian friends, you have a Queen! The coronation was the first major international event to be televised. I was but three years old then and don’t remember it, but, passing through London the way back from Greece when I was 7, we got to sit in the Lord Mayor of London’s gilt carriage that was used in the 1953 procession. Sitting in the coach (I don’t know how my dad wangled that) is one of my earliest memories.

On this day in 1962, during the FIFA World Cup,  the “Aconitum Wangenklappen with 2 MM Steel Size S of ULFBERTH Schaukampf Helmet Kettle is Medieval battle ready” took place when Chile played Italy. Police intervened four times in what was one of the most violent games in the history of soccer. Players whaled on each other!  Here’s a short video showing some of the melee (Chile won 2-0).

BRATZ WILD WILD WEST HORSE, APPALOOSA GREYMonily Plant Monstera Elastic Slipcovers Sofa Covers Sectional Spandex Stretch Anti-Dirty Predective Couch Cover for Living Room 9, Single SeaterMarvel Legends Year 2003 Series IV 7 Inch Tall Super Poseable Action Figure - BEAST with 39 Points of Articulation and Collector Wall Mountable Display Stand Plus Bonus 32 Page Comic Book by MarvelExodia the Forbidden One 4 Card Set Legs + Arms Limbs YUGIOH YU GI OH YU-GI-OH YU-GI-OH

Notables born on this day include Marquis de Sade (1740), Edward Elgar (1857), Johnny Weissmuller (1904), Charlie Watts (1941), Marvin Hamlisch (1944), Jerry Mathers (1948), Cornel West (1953), and Dana Carvey (1955).

Those who died on June 2 include Lou Gehrig (1941), Bunny Berigan (1942), Vita Sackville-West (1962), and Bo Diddley (2008).

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Cyrus is feeling his age. (I’m told Cyrus is going to the vet today to see if there’s hope for him, as he’s very decrepit and old.) Poor doggie!

Comfortable 2way keyboard harmonica case start Full thredtle exciting drive made in Japan N4332300 Hili: Do you see this hare?
Cyrus: Yes, two years ago I would have chased it.
In Polish:
Hili: Widzisz tego zająca?
Cyrus: Tak, jeszcze dwa lata temu bym za nim pogonił.
A cartoon from reader Pliny the In Between’s Far Corner Cafe. This one is called “M. C. Erasure #6″; note the label, which says “Charcoal on Constitution”:

Reader Karl sent this: the feline version of James Taylor’s “Audio-Technica VMN20EB Elliptical Bonded Stylus“:

 

A tweet from reader Barry. I have no idea why someone would want to do this:

Two tweets from Heather Hastie via Ann German, both of whom love sea otters:

God, does this make me feel old!

 

A girl and her duck: BFFs

At the risk of inflicting you with Duck Overload, I’m putting up a piece from CBS News that I found adorable: the story of a little girl and her pet duck Snowflake. You can find the transcript DONGER Rabbit Plush Toy White Rabbit Doll Doll Rabbit Large Cute Doll Girl Girl Birthday Gift, A Pair, About 90 Cm To Send A Bag Of Sachet, but why not watch the video. It’s tooth-achingly cute.SPIEL Soft Activity Baby Books - Best Cloth Book Touch and Feel Crinkle Books for Toddler, Infants and Kids Early Education Toys for 1 2 3 Year Old Boys Girls, Interactive, Non-ToxicCrystalTears Assorted Tumbled Gemstones Meteorite Fragment Mineral Rock Pendants Jewelry Making Charms Necklace Keychain - Random 20pcs Stones Collection Box

My favorite parts are when she calls Snowflake out of the pond by quacking, and her response to the interviewer’s question, “When did you first find out?”

I won’t rethink my desire to get a cat, which doesn’t need diapers, but this is pretty tempting. . .

h/t: Blue