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unusual plants, insects, ...what have you seen?

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Me and my hill tribe helpers have been slashing away at weeds for 15 years. As you probably know, every plant grows hardily here. However, in past years, it seems even crazier. I have a personal theory: because of the added CO2 (from global warming and/or greenhouse effect, or whatever), I believe weeds are growing twice as fast and bushy as they did just 20 years ago.

Primroses, which look like miniature daisies, are relative newcomers here. Up until 4 years ago, I didn't see them. Now they're everywhere, and thick. Even if my helper weed-eats them once a month, they grow back thick and fast (3 ft. high) - similar to all weeds here, but more-so.

Has anyone ever done a count of types of climbing vines? I estimate 240 types, but who knows?

insects: here are some notable ones I've seen:

>>> taratula spiders. One live and one dead (paralized, and being dragged by a wasp)

>>> dung beetles. Once. two little black ones, doing a piggy back mating thing.

>>> a long stilleto beetle: it's body was 5" by 1/2" and it's legs spread several inches more

>>> a very bulky beetle, about as big as a small mouse. No matter what direction I pointed it, it only wanted to go SE.

>>> a stick insect, straw colored, 3.7" long by the width of 2 toothpicks.

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i seen one animal with frumpy indigo farmers pants on ......just kidding .. i would love to see some pictures if you have some .

seen a Lantern Bug in a Forrest one time . it was amazing

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Good for the OP taking time to notice the plants and bugs that nature has on display. Far too many times we go about our daily lives more or less oblivious to the wonder of nature.

I have done many mountain hikes in the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge mountains over the years. One thing that I have found to be amazing is to take a magnifying glass with me and every now and then take a break from the hike and get down to ground level with the glass for a close up look at the tiny bugs and plants going about their lives with much energy and beauty and totally oblivious to the human species. For me it helps to remind me how very little we sometimes know about the other species that share the planet.

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A few local bugs, the red one smells really bad if disturbed.

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good photos. that green (leaf mimic) one on the bookshelf looks quite large.

just in case: if you don't already know, if you see a small black shiny/fuzzy caterpillar, don't let it touch your skin. It's very itchy. Same for other types of caterpillars, particularly if they have hairs. There is another black type, which is not itchy, but allegedly because it mimics the bad one. The mimic one is shaggier, a bit larger and with some silvery highlight, but to safe, don't touch any of those types.

There is a small caterpillar, yellow and black banded which is mildly itchy, but its main claim to fame is it attacks certain trees and munches on their leaves. You can actually hear it, if you're near an infestation. Plus they string themselves down on webs. Rather gross. I have 2 trees (out of hundreds) with that problem, and am thinking of burning mosquito coils under them on windless days/nights, to see it abates the problem. Any suggestions? It thought birds would eat 'em, but the critters are probably bad tasting.

Similarly, about once a year, I get caterpillar infestation on one or another of my many avocado trees. The bugs are 3 to 4 inches long and colorfully striped. I go to them with scissors, lop each in half, and that seems to work to eradicate them.

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Sorry that I mistakenly clicked on don't like on the topic. I meant to say liked. The photos are great and we appreciate your taking them.

Insects and soil laden fungi and virus is a big problem for me. There is hardly anything you can do about the soil and the fungus except to douse it good with copper oxide dust when it is being tilled. Microscopic spider mites get on the back side of leaves and suck the moisture out and then the leaves curl up. Spraying on the bottom side with an organic pesticide that I get from the prison farm seems to work.

In areas that I am saving I have used roundup (herbicide) 3 times and it kills the plans on tip but then a new batch of seeds come up. Weed control is a big problem in my place. I don't dare spray in the vegetable garden.

Bugs and weeds sure have a tendency to discourage you.

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Nice photos, here comes my own contribution than

from Isaan... Chaiyapum...

Glegolo

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I thought they had eaten all the insects in Isaan. cool.png

Yeah right. the main reason for falang NOT to eat insects in Isaan is

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Glegolo

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I thought no one would ever ask.

Nice photos,, thank you

Glegolo

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These guys seem to be back in season right now.

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wow, nice detail and color clarity. I took a photo of one (can't find it) but it was in a dark place. It nearly completely covered a standard sized cinder block (6" x 12"). I never saw the red white and blue lizard face shown on your image. You could submit it to Nat'l Geographic!

In the prior photo collection, I couldn't quite get the baby pink elephant - then upon enlarging it, there appears to be a spider on it's ear. Here's a suggested name for your pink elephant: 'loxodonta champuensis-noi'

Lots of good photos, not least, the scorpion carrying its white babies. If you were with a Thai person when you saw that, I'm sure they yelped and wanted to kill them all right away.

Also: saw a black land crab crossing the street the other day. Not sure if there's any voodoo about that, like the old blues song: "Ain't superstitious, but a black cat just crossed my trail. Don't sweep me with no broom, I just might wind up in jail."

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