[Week 41 – 11 Oct] The Joys of Low Blood Sugar

Always had Friday set as “adventure time” in the garden. Alas, that recently receded, but I am back in action ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ (hopefully).

[Log Friday 11th, October, 2019]


I scouted the garden roughly around 4:30 PM – 5:40 PM. I could not detect a lot of insect activity than the usual ants wandering bout, either on the concrete floor or climbing small plants. The state of the plants are miserable, and its been a while since they have not been able to recover ever since summer started. I am amazed how one species, year after year seem to withhold the sun heat, but it starts to shrink and all the leaves become wrinkled. I usually scan it in case I find any perched insects, or any that might be on its leaves, or stems. I think due to its unfortunate state, insects are not very drawn to it. Even the butterfly species associated with it, I was not able to find any trace of it. Though I do find the butterflies just fine in my workplace, where I see them fly about and not necessarily hanging around that particular plant specie.

Since I was not able to detect any insect activity on those plants, I moved on and managed to find a black weevil perched peacefully on a wooden shovel. The way it was perched, it allowed me to photograph it quite nicely, but I may have disrupted its peace as it started to move around the shovel handle ໒(⁄›˅̭‹∖). I am not sure why it may appeared brown in some occasion while taking photos, as it may or may not be its true color. Since it was quite stationary, I decided to play with the manual settings on the camera again. Species unknown, but definitely belongs to Superfamily Curculionoidea. I cant be bothered to edit raw images currently, so my JPEG images format will suffice for the time being. 

I am still figuring out on the focus, aperture and speed shutter of the camera. Even though I used automatic settings in the past, I used to take better pictures back in 2014 than now.  Bummer.

I need to consider getting a tripod as my hands are never steady, hm!

I decided to move on and cease annoying the poor fella. I came across, a quite established plant, that looked like a pest as it dominated a plot where a tree should be growing. Even tho it as a pest, I was hoping to find indigenous pollinators … but haven’t found much activity around it. It could be due the timing I visited it. Next time, I will try another time slot of the day. It was also flowering/seeding as well.

I tried looking for identification through PlantSnap & PlantNet, was not really convinced by the results, but basically could be either one of those (from most likely to least):
1. Ocimum gratissimum L. – African Basil
2. Ocimum basilicum L. – Basil
3. Teucrium scorodonia L. – Wood germander

Some questions raised:
– How did it find its place here? it is the first time I get to find it in our garden. There were few individuals scattered around the garden.
– It is so interesting how this plot in particular had a lot of individuals, what factors helped its proliferation?
– The plant was flowering, but I am not sure of the pollinators. For some reason, I never associated ants as pollinators, but certain activities made me think so after today short trip.
– I need to do better recordings next time!
– It was very interesting when it came to identifying the plant species, I looked carefully how the flowering part starts to bud off into 3 different stems.

Even tho I felt I took enough information on the plant visually (which in fact I did not), I moved on to find a new insect or anything else of interest.

Stumbled upon a grass spider from Family Agelenidae (which I recently was able to identify thanks to @RecluseOrNot user on twitter) as I have been forever under the perception they are wolf spiders. but they are completely not! The cephalothorax looked similar + abdomen streaks to a wolf spider, but they do not resemble anything of a wolf spider (jokes on me). Quite a scurry one and couldn’t really take good shots but worthy to identify later on and stack pictures.

Shortly after all the weird poses to try to and capture good shots the grass spider, I realized I was dizzy due to low BS and had to cut my adventure short ( ɵ̥̥ ˑ̫ ɵ̥̥) ….

…. Till next Friday it is then.

 

Lessons:
– write down the journey path & what you encounter, incl plant species, or at least pics of it.
– always get an overall description of any specimen, Whenever you are documenting anything. (ex: plant: its leaf, stem, flower and seeds (if found) from all possible angles) to eliminate questioning your findings + going back to the field, and trying to find additional information that you do not have in hand.
– work on your description vocab

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