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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 08 Aug 2018, 22:09
by Highway
It really doesn't look like a mayfly. No split tail, and mayflies don't seem to keep their back legs extended when lighting.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 10 Aug 2018, 04:29
by lunchstealer
I’m going to bet against ichneumon wasp because the long bit on DE’s specimen is the actual abdomen, not an ovipositor like on the wasp.

Could still be a wasp of some sort, but not ichneumon.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 30 Aug 2018, 07:31
by Tuco
Same place, a few months apart. Rain is the best.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 30 Aug 2018, 10:39
by Aresen
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 07 Sep 2018, 13:52
by Kwix
Alaska's Dalton highway was just rerouted to avoid a landslide of frozen debris that could intersect the road in as few as three years.

My favorite part is the trees growing on the ice lobe.

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 15 Sep 2018, 22:25
by lunchstealer
So I was out with the pupper setting some sprinklers out front when I noticed that the moon and Venus were putting on a good show. So I walked over to a spot where I had a pretty good view past the giant spruces in our yard and sure enough I can also see Saturn and Mars are also looking splendid. And there’s a Southwest flight low on the horizon whose landing lights are adding to the display. Except it’s not moving.

“Hey Siri, what planets are visible now?”

What I thought was Venus because it was so bright was actually Jupiter, and what I thought was a 737’s landing lights because it was so bright was actually Venus.

So from one spot I could see four planets and the Moon and their alignment really demonstrates the arc of the ecliptic across the sky.

And now a polar-orbiting satellite is going over. Nice clear night.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 16 Sep 2018, 16:35
by Warren
lunchstealer wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 22:25
So I was out with the pupper setting some sprinklers out front when I noticed that the moon and Venus were putting on a good show. So I walked over to a spot where I had a pretty good view past the giant spruces in our yard and sure enough I can also see Saturn and Mars are also looking splendid. And there’s a Southwest flight low on the horizon whose landing lights are adding to the display. Ecxept it’s not moving.

“Hey Siri, what planets are visible now?”

What I thought was Venus because it was so bright was actually Jupiter, and what I thought was a 737’s landing lights because it was so bright was actually Venus.

So from one spot I could see four planets and the Moon and their alignment really demonstrates the arc of the ecliptic across the sky.

And now a polar-orbiting satellite is going over. Nice clear night.
Wish I was there.

Re: tio's neato nature thread

Posted: 22 Sep 2018, 11:30
by Warren
How the octopus got its smarts

Long article on cephalopod neurology. I found the opening quite amusing.
In 2008 the staff at Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, had a mystery on their hands. Two mornings in a row, they had arrived at work to find the aquarium eerily silent: the entire electrical system had shorted out. Each time they would reset the system only to find the same eerie silence greeting them the next morning. So on the third night a couple of staff members kept vigil, taking turns to sleep on the floor.

Sure enough the perpetrator was apprehended: Otto, a six-month-old octopus.

He had crawled out of his tank and, using his siphon like a fire hose, aimed it at the overhead light. Apparently it annoyed him or maybe he was just bored. As director Elfriede Kummer told The Telegraph, “Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts... Once we saw him juggling hermit crabs in his tank”.