Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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A Whirring Imaginary Insect?

Query: I think I may have seen an Imaginary insect. It whirred up really quickly when I was cutting some roses for my mom, and I didn’t get a good look at it, but it didn’t look anything like the bugs that usually hang around in the flower garden.

I couldn’t have caught it with a butterfly net even if I’d been standing there waiting for it. So how do I get a photo of something that moves so quickly? How do I even get a description?

Identifying Imaginaries is a lot trickier than I thought it would be.

Answer: You’re right, identifying Imaginaries is hard work! You’ve also discovered why there are so few photos of Imaginaries – they tend to be highly elusive, and are very hard to catch on camera.

We suggest that you take careful notes and photographs of the environment in which you saw the Imaginary. If this is an Imaginary who likes roses, other Iranigami supporters can start to keep an eye out in their own gardens for the whirring insect that you saw.

One day, somebody might be able to get a good enough look at this rose-garden insect to draw a picture of it. If it is an Imaginary, then the notes you’ve made about its environment will be a valuable aid in our efforts to preserve and protect this creature.

Thank you for reporting your sighting of a potential new Imaginary insect. Our agent Bug says she wants to hear from you should you happen to see it again.


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