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Clear Night - But Can't Observe - Termites!

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#1 coopman

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

Before I could even get my equipment out in the yard, I was being hit by flying termites and had them crawling all over me!  Yuck!!!  I just put everything back up real quick, brushed them off of me and called it a night.  Dang it! 



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 10:23 PM

That is just weird, but it is that time of the year. I remember them flying out of the ground in Sonoma. Birds would come by the hole and start eating them but not enough.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:30 AM

hope you don't have a wooden telescope


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:30 AM

We've got barn swallows during the day, bats at night, and a plethora of carniverous plants.



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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:03 PM

My homemade Dob base is made of plywood. 

Carniverous plants?  Really?



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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:01 PM

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Carniverous plants?  Really?

hmm.gif Well he lives in WA State, not Australia, so I'm thinking metaphorically like the ones that draw blood, but don't kill people,

but WA isn't the South West with cactii all over the place,

so maybe just thickets and thorns?

But "Lummi Island" so maybe it has some exotic stuff.  Maybe result of all the above ground radioactive tests in the 50's that blew out in that direction?

Or maybe secret science testing on plants out there???

It's fun to guess without researching!



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Posted 30 May 2019 - 09:03 AM

Termidor!



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Posted 31 May 2019 - 04:21 AM

Termidor!


Thermidor was the name of a summer month in the French revolutionary republican calendar... (this calendar with weeks of 10 days!)

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 05:37 AM

Since you can't look at things far off - peer at things small. Get a microscope, cut the abdomen off one of the termites (revenge), smash it with a bodkin needle on a slide, add a drop of water and cover with a cover slip. Feast your eyes on the reason why the termite can digest cellulose - the protozoan Trichonympha. Actually a cool sight to see as they move around in the microscope. Loved doing this as a kid.

 

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

I can sympathize! I live in the Sonoran Desert outside Tucson, and in May and June (our hottest months and before the monsoon rains arrive) we get the flying "kissing bugs" (aka cone nose bug) at night which seek a blood meal and leave a nasty bite. For observing, I use the bug shirt and bug pants from this company, and have no problems with these or any other bug when I'm out at night. https://www.bugshirt.com/



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 12:03 PM

I once dated a girl with a wooden leg, her name was Peggy.  Her sister had one too but it was a little shorter than her other. Her name was Ilean.

 

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