Hard to Love Species

I’m pretty sure I would die if I found one of those in my house. It was a near-miss when I witnessed a Carolina Wolf Spider of nearly 2" running around outside my house.

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I find that, while i have a fascination for jellyfish, and believe they are extremely awesome creatures in their own right, i’m also deathly afraid of them for some reason, especially the Cyanea genus. And this year they are quite abundant in northern europe (relatively speaking)

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Wait ‘till you find a two foot iguana swimming in your toilet bowl :)

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I hate bears. When I was a small child, an aggressive bear tried to smash its way into the bus we lived in to get at us, and I never forgave the species.

Can’t stand ticks, scorpions make me kind of uncomfortable, and I really dislike torilis (“sock destroyer”).

Ah, Torilis arvensis and its relatives are pretty boring also here :-D and I quite always have to clean the socks after a field trip from june to september.
But wild barley and bromes (section Anisantha) and not better…

It’s Florida, so I’m usually ready for anything. :joy:

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Today I was at a greenhouse and there was some filamentous algae growing on a waterfall in a fish pond. A person I was with then described it as disgusting, slimy, mold and asked me if I knew of a good way to get rid of it and keep it from coming back. But when you take a close look at it, it’s quite beautiful. I think the main reason pond scum (and to a slight extent even moss) gets a bad rep is because non-naturalists tend to lump all the tiny stuff that grows in wet places together into what they often call mold. One time I got a gift of “moss” (it was actually lichen) from someone who then asked why I was so interested in bacteria such as moss. :D

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Me, too. The possum “glued” to the front door when we came back from a trip, the very smelly decomposing raccoon under the avocado tree, the mouse in the pool, were all par for the course. The iguana guarding the toilet did give me pause. And guess who had to grab it (with the longest BBQ tongs I could find) and take it outside?

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Well, that’s a failure of the educational system.

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