WTF Is This

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by cosmofex, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. cosmofex

    cosmofex trans lesbian extraordinaire

    WTF Is This is a thread for those moments when you can't help but say exactly that!

    post a pic, gif, video, or whatever of the thing you just found, and someone else will tell you just exactly what you found.

    an example exchange could be as follows:

    Q: "I was toodling around the internet and saw this: ‽ wtf is this thing??"
    A: "thats an interrobang, and its just a ! and a ? combined into one character"


    Q: "the sun is out but its raining! witchcraft!!!"
    A: "That's a sunshower!"

    or maybe

    A: "this fellow is a brown-tail moth caterpillar"
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  2. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    i am good at bugs, not bad at rocks, and hella educated about weather. hit me with your best shots, loves.
  3. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    oh, also, fiber arts and textiles, including historical and ancient ones. what is this mummy’s wrap embroidered with? i can tell you!

    no blurry mystery bugs or grainy b&w history photos please, i can’t make bricks without clay.
  4. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    im pretty decent with certain groupings of mammals (rodents, mustelids, Woodland Friends) and am an Ok Birder (who also knows a top tier birder)
  5. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    @jacktrash I fully understand if this is impossible to guess off a description, but I saw a bug that reminded me of a silverfish (shiny and silver and with that kind of isopod layered sort of feeling) except dustier and less solid looking. I know that might be impossible, given no pic, but hey worth a shot
  6. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    mealybug perhaps?

    i fail at photo cuz tablet and i have to leave for a doc appt like... now. but google and tell me if i’m on the right track.
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  7. Charlie

    Charlie I got no strings to hold me down

    @jacktrash THANK YOU. I think it's definitely something like this. Someone got rid of the bug before I could properly ID it (u_u), but I think this is definitely something very similar.
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  8. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    I like arthropods but am not skilled at identifying them. Anyone know this pretty flying friend? I'm in northern IL for locational info


    Eta they had a kind of purple-blue iridescence and the yellow miiiiiight be pollen pants, as you can see they are on flowers
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  9. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    compared to the size of the seed heads i think it must be pretty big? is that correct? and did it have a waist? cuz at first glance it looks like some variety of non-asshole wasp. quite a lot of them don’t actually hate you.
  10. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    oh yeah, this guy was Big. like 1.75 inches? maybe more like 1.5. anyway, pretty sizeable compared to most things i see on flowers. I'm pretty sure they had a pretty significant waist, which did make me think some sort of hymenopteran
  11. Acey

    Acey hand extended, waiting for a shake

    I have a few stones I could use help identifying!


    I thiiiiink the green and red one is bloodstone, but I’m not positive? No clue about the other two, though.
  12. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    A less blurry pic could help?

    The greenish one looks like a familiar type but I have no idea what it'd be called. The white one could maybe be riverbed quartz? The black one is the blurriest but what I can see of it doesn't look familiar.
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  13. Acey

    Acey hand extended, waiting for a shake

    I can try to get a better pic, yeah!

    I should also note that the black one has pink spots. The lighting is bad, but they’re quite distinctly pink IRL.
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  14. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    ok, that being the case, and based on the head shape and dark tinted wings, i’m gonna go with orgichneumon wasp. they live under pine bark and aren’t aggressive.,ichneumonini you might find him on this page. (bc of lack of ovipositor i’m calling male.)
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  15. Azzy

    Azzy 200% GUNK

    this odd little ceramic electric thing in the thrift store. Revlon makes me think it has to do with makeup but, plug in?? holes in the top???

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  16. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    face steamer perhaps?
  17. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    @Acey the white one looks like agate! there are like a million types of agate but it tends to have that stripey ring pattern
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    for the other two, I would guess unakite jasper for the green and rhodonite for the black!
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  18. Acey

    Acey hand extended, waiting for a shake

    I think you’re right about those last two at least, those look pretty identical to the ones I have IRL!

    The thing about the white one that’s confusing to me is the gold inclusion thing? Does that occur in agates?
  19. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    is it actual gold/metallic stuff, or just gold-colored? it's hard to tell from the photo. they look like rough spots that were too recessed for the tumbler to quite reach, like a few of these stones:
    rough agate can have a pretty pitted/bumpy surface, so that tends to happen sometimes. I think it adds character!

    I love agate and jasper - such an amazing variety of color and pattern from something that's basically just fancy quartz.
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  20. Acey

    Acey hand extended, waiting for a shake

    I’m honestly not sure—it might very well be a rough spot! Thank you so much!! <3
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