1. Stick insects can shed and regenerate their limbs to escape attacks by predators.
2. Stick insects can reproduce parthenogenetically, without the need for males.
3. Stick insects not only look like sticks, they act like them, too.
4. Stick insects don’t bite, but they aren’t defenseless.
5. Stick insects hold the record for longest insects in the world.
The above excerpted from http::insects.about.com
Whale watching is in full force here on the Central Coast of California. Our coastal waters are a gathering place for Humpback and Blue Whales. On this day I only saw Humpback whales, but I’m hoping to get back out there and take another shot to see the very large and magnificent Blue Whale.
This isn’t a great photo of the Brown-headed cowbird. I’m having difficulty holding and focusing my Canon SX50 due to an impinged nerve and it’s weight. I’ll be picking up a lightweight, 10oz, compact camera to continue my birding and photography for a while and for lightweight travel. So my apologies on this image – BUT – it’s a first time Brown-headed cowbird for me so I was sooo happy to see him show up in my yard!
I went to the San Luis Obispo Cacti and Succulent Society Annual Sale this past Memorial Day weekend. I scored on several new ceramic pots and succulents for my office as viewed here. The pots are by a local ceramic celebrity – Charles Varni.
A 1st for me – Hooded Oriole – adult male. A spring migrant, but the very first time one has come into my yard and then landed on our century plant making it an easy shot for me. As I was walking out the back gate to go for a short walk with camera in hand – there he was! I started shaking I was so excited but was lucky enough to get off this shot before he took off!
Willets – I always see them huddled up closely together when they are ready to rest and nap. Too cute.
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” – Hermann Hesse -