Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deviation from Plants

I realized i have not posted creatures in this blogsite for a while. I have posted lately some butterflies though, and still i have lots of them to post before our rainy season in June. That is when lots of butterfly eggs hatch, in time for their caterpillars have lots of food. So, now i will be posting the all-year-round creatures, or some are dry season creatures.

We only see this beetle at night, they love to go to bright light sources. Its shell is so hard that when you press the back at its neck portion, it will click hard on the surface emitting a loud sound. This makes it sometimes as toys by young boys, by placing it on top of matchboxes for the clicking tok-tok-toks!


 This coccinellid or lady bug is so cute, and a bit different in design with the more common spotted ladybugs. My friend blogger, Caroline Gill, calls it testudinate lady bug because of the turtle-like design. I love the name Harlequin ladybird, and Asian lady beetle . The scientific name is Heteroneda reticulata. Thanks Caroline for sending me the link to Project Noah which led me to its ID.


These are the most common ones, and despite of its commonness i still can't afford not to shoot them. They are the most photographed creatures in our household, and they make a lot of poses that really catch our attention. 

Just like this one, i don't know why she likes sleeping in the backyard on top of those pile of dry leaves. It seems like the ants and termites there don't sting her!

 These are my sisters brood. Whenever ours have kittens, the mother bring them one by one to my sisters house. When they are older, the mother coached them back to return to our house. I don't know what arrangements they have among themselves, but it seems that is the general practice. Whenever someone wants to deliver her kittens, they always come to our house for mother's attention. We concluded that mother is good in attending to delivery chores, while my sister is good in feeding them.


 And this kid is my nephew's other pet. He always bring them out to eat the grasses in the vicinity. Tethering them is the normal way of letting them eat during the dry season, when weeds and food are difficult for goats.



Haha, he still prefers his mother's milk than the grasses. The mother can't eat when her baby is sucking her milk. We in the household have fun literally watching our farm creatures. And i don't get bored waiting for them to pose for me. 


Camera Critters

24 comments:

  1. You've got some lovely animals there Andrea! Your cats are so sweet and is that a salagubang on the first pic?

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    1. Hi Mark, this is not a 'salagubang', we call it 'patoktok' because it produces a thud sound when you press its back. I just know it is a beetle but don't know the common or sci name. Imagine i just came across your orchid blog just now! I wonder why i didn't see it in your side bar, poor me. The photos there are great!

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  2. I should be in bed but I can't sleep!!! All those cats!!! And I thought we were bad:) Beautiful....I'd also be entertained for hours watching all the animal action going on. I can only imagine the kind of bugs you find in your area. If they are anything like here, they're best away from me:) Thanks for sharing your adorable kitties and critter fun:)

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    1. To tell you honestly, those are just a few of them, and that is in just one house as that is the front of my sister's. Those cats believe they own two houses, and they can transfer anytime to suit their preference, hahaha! Two of them (the oldest of the group) consider our house as their delivery inn, my mother their midwife and caregiver. When the kitties are about to open eyes, the mothers transfer them one by one with the conventional 'carry by the mouth' to my sisters. When they are about a month old and can walk they are called again one by one to our house and stay there. Spoiled group though they dont get enough food! We diet them.

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  3. Hi Andrea, Love seeing your critters --especially all of the kitties.... The little goat is a cutie also. It is fun to watch all of the critters, isn't it? About BUGS though ---I don't like them .. We have more than usual this summer since we had such a mild winter. Have to wear insect repellant all of the time now when we are outside...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. We don't see bugs here until everything warms up in mid May. By September they are dead or hibernating. Our worst bugs are mosquitos, especially in June. I have to wear a net to keep them off me so I can work in the garden without being bit, luckily they do not carry malaria. We also have tent caterpillars, for the second year. They are not too bad around my garden but in some areas the trees are defoliated and the roads are slippery with squished larvae.

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  5. I can understand why you enjoy watching your 'critters'. Your photos are all very cute -- I like the little kid. I've never seen a ladybug like the one you pictured.

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  6. I love the arrangements the cats seem to have...so interesting. My cats select some odd places for naps as well. I often try to figure out what the attraction may be for a particular spot, but I am at a loss.

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    1. Yes, i try to figure that out too, but normally they want a warmer area like the top of the TV and most often a person's lap! I've posted lots of photos of them in my nephew's lap and the kitties sleep with abandon. Have you seen a kittie sleeping on a baseball cap? I will post that soon, haha!

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  7. Hi Andrea, I always enjoy pictures of animals especially. There quirks and personalities are as interesting as human ones. I think the cats are pretty smart to figure out which household they need to visit for food or for delivery of their kittens. The two insects are quite fascinating as well. Such interesting antenna on the first one and markings on the second!

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  8. your kittens are so cute. i feed a group of feral cats. i think they adopted the entire neighborhood. they seem to be well fed by the residents. i'm sure i'm not the only one feeding them.

    i've never seen a lady bug that's not red before.

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    1. Actually, this is also the first time i saw that design of a ladybug! Caroline Gill inspired me with them.

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  9. I would love to have a kid too... :) That insect looks like a cockroach with rakes.

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    1. Hi One you are alive again, we missed you! Is this the beginning of your resurrection? I love your description of the beetle, that only comes from someone like ONE!

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  10. I adore the cats and goats but that lady bug is just the coolest...it does look a bit like a turtle.

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    1. Hi Donna, i actually had a difficult time finding its ID. I asked Caroline Gill and she gave links, so i posted it in Project Noah. There i found some identifiers and i think i got it.

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  11. beetles with clik clok sounds...... in younger days, we used match box too!!

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    1. yes Bangchik, definitely that is the sound, and we used match box too when we were kids! I seldom see this beetles already.

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  12. I guess you would never get bored with all that's going on Andrea. The bugs freak Myra out but she loves the cats.

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  13. Ah the familiar beetle of hard knocks! I love to see the candid pictures of your cat models. They seem to be so at ease posing without makeup, in their sleep or with the butt fully expose and yet look gorgeous ^-^

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    1. Hahaha, i can make a blog with only cats in them, and maybe there will be no double poses! Most especially when they are still young, there is really no boring moments. That's why Allen, my nephew plays with them a lot, because there are not much young boys around to play with. I still have one pose not yet shown, and i am sure it will amuse many.

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  14. Nice photos of animals. I love the design on the ladybug; so unique. The goats are also cute!

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  15. Many fine critters. The kitties are adorable and so are the goats.

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