October 24, 2020 at 12:06PM

Spotted by Pyewacket, and photographed by @maximillian_deersteak

Best guess? a cattail toothpick grasshopper.

Leptysma marginicollis, the cattail toothpick grasshopper or slender locust, is a grasshopper. It has a very pointed head and flattened, sword-shaped antennae. Thus, it superficially resembles grasshoppers in the subfamily Gomphocerinae, but is easily distinguished by the presence of a spur, or spine, between the front legs. They are usually brownish with a white, yellow, or brown stripe from the eye to the base of the front legs. The head is as long as, or longer than, the prothorax. On top, the body may also be red or pink. The front wings are sharply pointed, extending 3-5mm beyond the tip of the abdomen. https://instagr.am/p/CGu32LdA9N4/


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On the leafpeep trip today, I saw a number of “democrats for trump” signs and it was the least connected to party stuff I’d ever seen. I will not link to the site,as it is just a data harvest point and wouldn’t give them the clicks.

If you call yourself a democrat… how the devil could you support that guy? Just goes to show you, there are dumbasses and people full of crap on all sides of this race.

Assuming that is a legit group and not just a complete bowl of bologna…. what would cause someone to go over in that way?

I was curious and found this link https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/09/18/these-are-the-top-democrats-who-have-endorsed-trumps-reelection/amp/

From the signs –

“Coastal elitists and left-wing radicals have taken over the Democrat Party and are dictating everything from a sham impeachment process to the outright embrace of socialism. While lifelong Democrats no longer recognize the Democratic Party and feel forgotten by their party, President Trump has been keeping his promises to fight for ALL Americans.”

OK. To hell with trump, and that laughable noise.. If you agree with the quote above, please help me understand why I would, or should associate with you?

October 22, 2020 at 11:39PM

One more big honking spider seen on the deck when I was taking out the trash. I first thought it was a frog until my forebrain counted the legs and saw the furry body.

#bogsafari #swampofthespiders #seriouslyitwasprettybig https://instagr.am/p/CGq9geaACiQ/


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October 22, 2020 at 10:04AM

Swampwalk quarantine social isolation day 222

Leaves are really starting to show change. For wedding anniversary this weekend (14th!) we are thinking about loading the inlaws into the car and going for a local leaf peep, maybe a few sugar maples will jump us into the autumnal halloween spirit.

Let’s see, critter counts were low, but I did see Panda cat, about a half dozen squirrels, a v formation of maybe 20 geese (not as large as last night’s 32)
Three black vultures, but no sea birds. Where are the osprey and the gulls?

So many spiders today. I would guess that I saw at least 4 varieties, maybe a total of a dozen before I lost count. Mostly the fuzzy little wolf spiders but a couple of weirdos in the mix, too. (See other posts from today)

No neighborhood dogs in the yard either, weirdly quiet.

Saw my first carved Jack-o-lantern on my block, a batman logo at the kettle bell family’s place. I wonder if the eagle is still behind that house, I have not seen or heard from it in a while.

The gas station up the road opened last Monday, after being closed for renovations since last December. I wonder how it is inside, but I don’t think I will break my streak of only being inside two building streak (my home primarily and the inlaws once or twice) and risk catching anything for the sake of a milky way bar and a glance at what they have on offer at the newly set up hot food counter. I wonder how long the renovations would have taken in noncovid times? Even dec-March seems like a long time, but they did literally knock over the building and replace the gas tanks and pumps.

I need to get a picture of the chicken chef sometime on walkabout. Maybe next time I will head to the bay for my morning leg stretch.

#swampwalk #streamofthought #bogsafari https://instagr.am/p/CGpgRKYgTO5/

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Swampwalk quarantine social isolation day 222 Leaves are really starting to show change. For wedding anniversary this weekend (14th!) we are thinking about loading the inlaws into the car and going for a local leaf peep, maybe a few sugar maples will jump us into the autumnal halloween spirit. Let's see, critter counts were low, but I did see Panda cat, about a half dozen squirrels, a v formation of maybe 20 geese (not as large as last night's 32) Three black vultures, but no sea birds. Where are the osprey and the gulls? So many spiders today. I would guess that I saw at least 4 varieties, maybe a total of a dozen before I lost count. Mostly the fuzzy little wolf spiders but a couple of weirdos in the mix, too. (See other posts from today) No neighborhood dogs in the yard either, weirdly quiet. Saw my first carved Jack-o-lantern on my block, a batman logo at the kettle bell family's place. I wonder if the eagle is still behind that house, I have not seen or heard from it in a while. The gas station up the road opened last Monday, after being closed for renovations since last December. I wonder how it is inside, but I don't think I will break my streak of only being inside two building streak (my home primarily and the inlaws once or twice) and risk catching anything for the sake of a milky way bar and a glance at what they have on offer at the newly set up hot food counter. I wonder how long the renovations would have taken in noncovid times? Even dec-March seems like a long time, but they did literally knock over the building and replace the gas tanks and pumps. I need to get a picture of the chicken chef sometime on walkabout. Maybe next time I will head to the bay for my morning leg stretch. #swampwalk #streamofthought #bogsafari

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