Purchased an insect field guide this week and still can’t identifly this dude.

Haloo, I trust everyone is Sundy’n properly. I’m at work, but appeasing the gods appropriately. So post a pic from the week prior, something fun, weird, emblematic, enigmatic, or automatic, like me: bugs and plants.

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Now I understand that there are almost 100,000 species of spiders, insect, and their ilk living north of Mexico, and that my new 500 page field guide features little more than 940, but, but...

...Speaking of butt:

Very shapely. If my field guide wasn’t so caught up on looking at faces, I might be able to pin this one down properly identify something.

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Still, I can’t find this one either, the combination of black head and wings, partly-haired abdomen, and such voluptuous pollen pouches. Btw, little spidey came over to check bee out and then decided he’d better be bigger.

Went for a walk in the woods with the lad and saw an armadillo. (We used our eyes on the armadillo, I fired off a quick snap, but creature ducked behind a branch.) He wanted to see an armadillo and a rabbit. No rabbits, but we saw a snake in the water and a bunch of animal tracks in some mud. We added a few human tracks.

Had a little difficulty identifying this cardianal flower, or lobelia cardinalis, this stalk is very thick and all the pictures I see of this plant, the stem is very thin. It was a very robust plant and should be magnificent when the rest of it’s flowers open. These are used in landscaping, and have a medicinal history.

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From wildflower.org:

Use Wildlife:In bloom, cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds. Nectar-Hummingbirds
Use Medicinal: Amerindians used root tea for stomach aches, syphilis, typhoid, worms. Leaf tea used for colds, croup, nosebleeds, fevers, headaches, rheumatism. Poisonous. (Foster & Duke) Roots, finely ground, placed in food said to be an aphrodisiac. (Weiner)
Use Other: Used mainly in love potions. Finely chopped roots places in food as love charm.
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, exhaustion and weakness, dilation of pupils, convulsions, and coma. Toxic Principle: Alkaloids lobelamine, lobeline, and others, plus a volatile oil. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)

Dog Day Cicada. These are the annual ones, though the larva take 3 years to mature. Adults don’t eat.

Here’s what I believe to be an amaranth variety. Apparently there is some 70 species of the plant in 3 genera. There are several varieties growing on the railroad tracks by my work. It is used for it’s seed, which can be eaten raw, cooked, or ground into flour. The rest of the plant is variously used for food and some varieties have been used for dye. I also learned, in the above wiki link, the the plant is named a good deal of literature, including poems by Milton, Keats, Shelley, and Coleridge.

Hocus is continuing her recovery after I ran her over. I think she could use some cat anti-depressants because she can’t go outside and kill things. When the lad gets boisterous, which is often, she goes under the furniture. She does her litter business after everyone goes to sleep. And she stays in the living room. Normally she’d have made baths of all the beds. I should start trying to get her playing with toys.

Selah.