Friday, April 26, 2013

A few things living among the plants

What I've found to be the most bothersome about moving 1000 miles away from everything I've ever known is the fact that I don't know the names of anything here. It's constantly irritating not to know. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is Hyla squirella, or Florida's "Squirrel Tree Frog."

Frog in with the Nepenthes
I'm trying with every opportunity to look things up so I can identify them for next time. I used to know at least nicknames for most plants, animals, etc. I knew what plants not to touch and what insects and snakes to watch out for.

Now, I see something almost every day and wonder what the heck it is. Yesterday, it was Phereoeca uterella, the "Household Casebearer". I know this now because a creepy shell looking thing with what appeared to be a worm inside it moved it's way out of an orchid basket I was watering and onto the deck. It was creepy, until I looked it up online and found out it was a just a moth in it's larval stage. Now, not creepy at all. What can I say, I'm a big moth fan and I'd be lying if I didn't sit there and watch it crawl(?) across the basket for about 10 minutes with a "WTF" look on my face the entire time.

This appears to be Hemidactylus turcicus, or the "Mediterranean House Gecko." Sorry for the poor lighting, but they're nocturnal and they scatter if you get too close.


Slowly learning over here, there's frogs and lizards I've never seen before popping up everywhere now that the weather has warmed up. It's amazing what you might see when you take the time to look around every once in a while. I was on call for work last night until 1am, so I had some time at night to just hang out. It's not worth going too far in case you get that call, so I tried to spend the time at home a little better than sitting on the internet all night.


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    1. They really are, it's really fun having so many of them around. I always feel bad when I disturb them during the day though!