Category Archives: Other animals
Original YT playout date: 15 April 2008
I have made better films and photos of the firebug, which is very frequently found in Warsaw, these ones next to the Warsaw office, on the parking space paving blocks we ourselves unpacked all those years earlier.
Find out the reason for the unusual Polish common name of this insect “tramway”…
Original playout date: 2 March 2008
A nice visit to Tring Museum with family. Sophie and cousins.
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Original playout date: 14 July 2007
The conference over, I go out to visit the Hortobagy Puszta, so we see Heroes Square and the drive out east.
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Gallery Page 3 – Gecko on the Wall
Here’s a tropical lizard on the wall of the villa I was staying in. I assume this is a gecko of some sort, but what I don’t know is what sort, exactly. It allowed me to take a load of photos at quite close range, of which this is perhaps the most detailed. Please E-mail or bulletin board if you know what species of lizard this is precisely.
Gordon the Gecko is not wired for sound this time, but was under surveillance anyway
Stay with the tour for more natural history photos, and numerous other topics….
DJJ 13th February 2005
- Geckos Invade Museum Of Science (boston.cbslocal.com)
- My Geckos (seniorvagabond.wordpress.com)
- Skinks & geckos (pili, pilimo’o) (pacificislandparks.com)
I’m scheduling some reposts of some content I used to have on Usenetposts.com – over the next few days I’ll be showing some old photos I took and placed on the old site as a tour. I’ll be keeping the old original text I wrote some years ago, as this is now not up anywhere else since Usenetposts.com, in the form it was hosted before, was sabotaged by the sad, conceited drug addict who hosted it, whilst pretending to be an Evangelical Christian, which he has since dropped his pretense of being.
Gallery Page 1 – Tropical Moth
Welcome to my picture gallery. This is just a small selection of the photos I’ve been taking. The rule here is to give a small amount of text around the picture, but to give pride of place to the pictures in each page of the gallery, between 1 and 3 pictures per side. They have all been made very small for the net, and if anyone likes any of them particularly, then they can always ask me for a full sized version by e-mail.
I am not making an index to the gallery, but taking it as a tour, so as to encourage people to see all the pictures. I’m not saying at this stage what is around the corner, the best thing is simply to follow the links to the next page at the end of each gallery page. When it is finished it will lead back to the home page of this site, but as this is going to be an ongoing work in progress, as I take photos all the time, you may like to check back in a few weeks and see if there are any more.
DJJ 12th February 2005 (original time of publishing)
This is a tiny piece taken from a Holiday in France film which isn’t up yet – it will be in a few weeks – showing how if you take the context away you simply can’t tell if – as Longlat39 put it “this critter would fit in your hand or take your leg off”. The real answer is that the animal will fit in your hand, but the blood effect on the walls (actually the back of a plantpot and a window ledge were “walls”). So basically the piece was about that, really. Another loyal viewer said he was lost by it, but that’s really all it was. And the fact that I need to balance some big pieces several hours long with some things under a minute.
That way, you never know what you’ll get next.
Some people would never post up long pieces like mine, partly because they still have 10 minute limits in many people’s cases, but anyway splitting an item down into smaller parts gets the hit rates for the channel right up. I never really wanted to drive hits in any way that would be artificial.
So my pieces are really as long as it’s needed for the point of that particular piece. If it’s a reposted Soviet film or a radio show, or a Yom Kippur service like the one coming up, you get the whole thing in one go. If you don’t want to watch it in one go, you can mark how many minutes you were in and come back to it. For years now you’ve been able to start a YT film from any part of it. This was not the case at the very beginning – in 2007 if you remember, you had to start always from the beginning. You could pause, but if you came out of it altogether, you had to start over.
We’ve come so far since there I bet that’s just a dim and distant memory for most of you?
OK, polltime again – I got to quite liking these polldaddy things. Even if you don’t feel like posting a comment (and I do hope more of my new readers will start doing this and we can get a proper community going over here) still it’s got to be easy to respond to a poll. Or better still, please do both!
- Smallest blue lizard on my desk….. (mewritenow.wordpress.com)
- 5-Foot Monitor Lizard Caught in California (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Escaped Giant Lizard Reunited With Owner (shoppingblog.com)
- Monitor Lizard Runs Amuck in Riverside (nowpublic.com)
- 5-Foot Monitor Lizard Caught Roaming California Neighborhood (newsfeed.time.com)
This one shows, to the background of a couple of Thai songs which are highly unlikely to get me done for using music the way that western music is prone to do, some beautiful insects using the lavendar bush next to our holiday cottage. There were bees and hummingbird moths in this film, there were also cabbage white butterflies, hoverflies and other insects on that bush during our week, but nothing as impressive as the hummingbird moth Macroglossa.
Underneath it one evening I also found a toad, which I allowed to remain there undisturbed.
It’s amazing how much life can exist around one bush of lavender.
- Using lavender for woodworm (ask.metafilter.com)
- Uses for Lavender Sugar (foodandfeminism.wordpress.com)
- I have achieved lavender ice cream! (magickalrealism.com)
- Olympic Peninsula lavender growers can’t get along (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Registered nurse Norberto Molina Jr., chairman of JMH gay lavender caucus, named a Jackson Hero (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Natural Remedies for Mood Disorders (brighthub.com)
The fifth in a series of about 20 quite varying videos from our Summer holiday this year, currently uploaded to YT.
You won’t believe the insect in this film – I really had to stop and think whether it was a moth or a hummingbird!
The location is not being disclosed at this time. It may be disclosed in a passworded post later on.
This is because it’s too good. If people knew what good value for money this was, I wouldn’t get a look in.
It’s near Tours, that’s all I’m sayin’. Knawm sayin’?
- Capturing Insects in flight – begin an amazing journey (pixiq.com)
- Decking causing British butterfly decline (telegraph.co.uk)
- Plant biology: Growth industry (nature.com)
- Damselflies in distress forced back to UK by climate change (independent.co.uk)
- Fish, Birds, and Bats Inspire Navy’s Next-Gen Drones (wired.com)
- Scientist at Work: Of Birds and Insects (and a Coral Snake) (scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus (theonion.com)
Here we have the fourth in our French Holiday series from July 2010, near Tours. Here we see Sophie having a swim as it gets dark and she also gives voice to a couple of her favorite pieces.
One of the aspects here that didn’t show up too clearly were these huge stag beetles which were flying around. They only really put in a big appearance at dusk for about 15 minutes and then they were not in evidence – too dark for them to fly or at least be seen. But they make a racket also so we would have known if they were flying.
- Case Race in Budapest (CUV) (huliganov.tv)
- Scientists bug stag beetle larvae to record rasping ‘communication’ (dailymail.co.uk)
- Ginger ‘irresistible to beetles’ (bbc.co.uk)
Pushkin sitting on a copy of his complete works.
|Video number in my collection||72|
|Production date:||6 September 2006|
|Playout date:||20 August 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – medium use|
|Location:||House in Lesozavodsk, Primorskiy Kraj, Siberia|
|Other people featured:||None|
|Soundtrack info:||Through the Greenwood, Andrey Vinogradov|
|Languages used:||English titles|
|Animals featured:||House centipede Scutigera coleoptrata|
|Date added here:||10 October 2010|
|Number of days this video was up at time of posting:||1 512|
|Number of views at time of posting:||1 978|
|Number of views per day:||1,3|
|Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!):||17|
|Comments per thousand views:||8,6|
|Likes at time of posting:||4|
|Dislikes at time of posting:||1|
|Likes to dislikes ratio:||4,0|
|Votes per thousand views:||2,5|
|Ratio of comments to votes:||340%|
This was the first of several films I put up on my return from the Far East of Russia in 2006. I still had a very small memory card and so there is unfortunately still very little footage – which was galling as the trip was so amazing. It was at this time I started looking for solutions to make the videos longer.
On the subject of these centipedes one could write rather a lot. They are certainly quite alarming creatures to find you are sharing a room with, but the people who have them in their houses don’t like them being killed, claimingthat if they were not there the problems with cockroaches or even more poisonous spiders would be far worse. All theysuggest is to check the bed before you get in it and check your shoes before putting them on. Even if they crawl over you while you sleep, they say, you won’t be bitten if you don’t move on them. Your choice!
Personally in Russia I batted my room mate Scooties, but I did manage to tolerate them in a recent visit to France, and nothing bad happened. There were lots of insects in the French place, so I am not sure that they deserve their reputation of doing good work against all the other invertebrates…
- Brown recluse spider – All Information (umm.edu)
- YouTube highlights – 10/7/2010 (googleblog.blogspot.com)
- Google speaks out on “Worrying” Russian YouTube ban (thenextweb.com)