(Entry #12) The house fly. They fly around and buzz and make you nuts. What else they do, I do not know. Scientific name: Musca domestica.
Yes, it's that time! The mayflies are descending, as of July 6th, 2020. Weren't they supposed to be mayflies?
Also, this is not mayflies: a couple of scissor-tailed flycatcher sightings (by Emily and me, mostly Emily) on the 4th of July.
A possible pipevine swallowtail did not make it. I acquired some pictures for later research. This was a couple of days ago, maybe day before the day before yesterday. I.e., Friday, July 3rd.
It may not have been a green damselfly, but there are actually green damselflies. I saw one, again, maybe. It was definitely green. Probably some type of forktail. I shall have to get a picture.
And also, the blue kinds of damselflies are many; too many. Not sure if all the ones seen around here are common bluets...
I have no notes, but I actually haven't really been observing anything new... which I'm not supposed to be doing it based on that, but I am, so that's how it will be. I'll try to get something up here every now and then, though.
You know those little stick-like bugs that fly around? The blue ones, and the dull ones, and all those? Let me check to see if I have a picture.... nope, got nothin'. Saw a flycatcher a few days ago. Excuse me, that made no sense. Neither logical nor chronological order.
THEY'RE DAMSELFLIES AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT UNTIL TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always just called them dragonflies, but only the huge flying sticks with the little engine thingies you see on airplanes that are big enough to make a shadow are dragonflies. They don't always have the engines. But that's okay.
Oh, would you look at that. That isn't true. Oops. Should have done my reasearch before writing that. The skimmers are dragonflies. I also found out why skimmers are skimmers, and this is probably dumb and I should have known this, but it's because they skim the water, even hop on it, sometimes. This revelation was brought to you by a fellow blue skimmer. Well, I'm not exactly sure of the type. Looked blue, though, and my eye is epic with colors. Which happens to be why indigo buntings have the wrong coloration when I look at them. Cameras correct eye mistakes.
Some of the common damselflies:
Common bluet (Oh, is that common? I couldn't tell.)
That was bad. Really bad.
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.