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It's too damn hot here


Currently Feeling: sympathetic

We're making history here, with temperatures that are reaching far higher than they ever have before. Thanks to climate change, I don't have much hope that it will get better in the future, but we're managing as best we can. August is usually our hottest month here, so I plan on staying inside as much as possible.

Occasionally I do get out, though, and a lot of the time I come across wildlife that surprises me, even in the metropolitan area where I live. I have a small collection of pictures of cuties I've found around and like to look back over from time to time. I'm sharing them here, though I'll try to put most under a cut since some of them are of bugs (ladybug larvae and katydids in particular).

Mallard ducks
Mallard ducks
Mallard ducks

Unidentified wildflower
I've tried to identify this one, but I've been unable to find anything that matches. If you know what it is, shoot me an email

Unidentified wildflower

Ladybug Larvae
Ladybug larva. Looks scary, but good for the garden!

Ladybug Larvae

Texas bush katydid
Texas bush Katydid. I found this guy in the heat and he was soooooo languid. I did move him out of the walkway I was on, and I imagine he took a little nap on the rocks until the temp went down.
Texas bush katydid
Texas bush katydid
Texas bush katydid

Thanks to these sites for identifications:
https://songsofinsects.com/katydids/texas-bush-katydid

https://nzacfactsheets.landcareresearch.co.nz/factsheet/InterestingInsects/Fungus-eating-ladybird---Illeis-%28Leptothea%29-galbula.html

https://northtexaswaterfowl.com/waterfowl-id/mallard-duck-hunting/

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