bush crickets

Witchcraft Series: Nocturnal Correspondences

Here (x) you can find my Nocturnal Witch post explaining what a Nocturnal Witch is and a small rundown of what the craft entails. This post is a correspondence posts listing things that correspond with the night and darkness. 

Lunar Phases

  • New Moon: new beginnings, love spells, job/wealth spells, healing,  protection, shadow work
  • Waxing Moon: constructive magic, success, relationships
  • First Quarter: peace/balance, cleaning, positive energy
  • Waxing Gibbous: glamour, attraction, getting things done, inviting in new energies
  • Full Moon: divination, protection, love, energy work, legal matters, attracting wealth/luck, prophetic dreams
  • Waning Gibbous: letting go, cleansing, undoing bindings
  • Last Quarter: banishing, letting go
  • Waning Crescent: banishing, healing, rest, peace, justice

Deities: (source x


  • Kuk, “uncreated” god, embodiment of darkness 
  • Nephthys, goddess of the night, death, and birth
  • Khonsu, god of the moon


  • Asteria, goddess of the stars and nocturnal oracles
  • Erebus,god of darkness 
  • Nyx, goddess of night
  • Achlys, goddess of eternal night, misery, and sorrow


  • Nótt, female personification of night


  • Nox, primordial goddess of night
  • Scotus, god of darkness
  • Luna, goddess of the moon

Nocturnal Animals:

  • Aardvark
  • Bat
  • Badger 
  • Bush Rat
  • Cat
  • Cougar
  • Coyote 
  • Cricket 
  • Firefly 
  • Grey Wolf
  • Leo Pard
  • Mouse
  • Opossum
  • Owl 
  • Red Fox
  • Scorpion 
  • Skunk 
  • Wombat 


  • black
  • silver
  • purple (darker shades)
  • grey
  • blue (darker shades)
  • red (dark shades)
  • metallic colors (but that’s mostly a personal pref)


  • Onyx
  • Black Tourmaline
  •  Amber 
  • Smokey Quartz 
  • Hematite
  • Dark colored Agates 
  • Aegirine
  • Apatite (Blue)
  • Azurite
  • Bloodstone
  • Garnet 
  • Labradorite
  • Malachite 
  • Nuummite


  • jasmine 
  • patchouli 
  • sandalwood 
  • myrrh 
  • rose
  • anything musky really

Herbs & Plants 

  • Evening Primrose 
  • Night Bloom Water Lilies 
  • Moon Flowers 
  • Night Gladiolus
  • Casablanca Lily
  • Nottingham Catchfly
  • Four O’clocks 
  • Dragon Fruit Flowers 
  • Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus
  • Mugwort
  • Blackberry
  • Ginger 
  • Hazel 
  • Bay
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine 
  • Rose
  • Lilac 
  • Thyme 

Suggested Reading

If you have any questions my ask box is open. (x)


Cosmoderus sp.

These large omnivorous katydids/bush crickets, in the subfamily Acridoxeninae, are found in North Africa and the Middle East.

CALLOUT POST FOR @lavenderdreamer13​ bc we met this summer

1. stays up waaaaaay too late to make her Klance Art™

  • like, she literally pulled all nighter the day we were going to 3 rock concerts
  • she let me drag her into mosh pit afrer being awake for at least 36 hours
  • all because she was making white haired Keith at my house

2. smells random stuff??  not complete list of thing i saw her smell:

  • empty sketchbook (in a shop)

  • pencil case shaped like a fish

  • uncooked pasta

  • my metal “pencil”case for alcohol markers

  • white sheet of paper

  • cooked bland pasta

  • sleeping bag
  • closed candy bag
  • after i pointed out to her she smells stuff every time i caught her smelling something weird she got this look on her face like she was deeply dissapointed in herself

3. actual conversations i had with her:

  • her:  [bush] crickets have two modes - cricketing and hunting
    me: what…… do you think……. crickets…… hunt…..
    her: The Sound
  • me, suggestively: i licked lots of things
    her: like cheetos. and crickets

4. according to her [bush] crickets that cannot crick (is that even a word) become mountaineers set on climbing the highest tent in the campsite

5. she choked on a dorito while eating it for the first time

6. made voltron s3 bingo. 3 bingos, actually

7. her about me, an 18yo looking much younger than 18 hitting on people who seem at least my age/older but turn out to be younger: pedophilia - plot twist

8. made sexy shrek and drawn bary bee benson from memory

9. abuses memes, honorable mentions:

  • “X? i don’t know her” meme. like. she used it at least 4-5 times a day. for 2 weeks straight
  • “X? in my Y? it’s more likely than you think” at least once a day
  • all of that in verbal conversations

10. let me draw her a garla sona in her sketchbook and almost cried while i was doing that

  • actively kinkshames furries
  • drawn me a garla sona in return and literally banged her head on the table halfway trough the process
  • she named it Nyantek (antek is my name)

11. let me Tell Her About Homestuck

  • patted me on the back while i cried bc i remembered buckets
  • could’t gasp wtf is wrong with homestuck shipping charts
  • still shames me for saying “color fading into terezi” on accident

12. last but not least: first day of meeting after 4 years. she dabbed as a goodbye

Harvest Moon

Written for @spnkinkbingo. Square filled: Touch Starvation. [AO3]

Sam doesn’t think he’s ever felt like this. His entire body is itchy, his skin practically burning, but he knows it’s not the coverall he’s wearing. It’s got nothing to do with a reaction to soap or anything else that’s actually tangible.

He’s felt it for a while and it’s steadily growing stronger. He’s stopped scratching.

They’re running through the woods, no time to stop and think, and Sam is doing his best to keep up with his brother jogging in front of him. It takes every single scrap of self-discipline he possesses not to halt Dean in his tracks and pull him to the side, maybe behind a tree, and throw his arms around him, squeeze the life out of him, maybe strip him down and put his hands all over his body.

They don’t even have time for a hug, for crying out loud. But if that was all Sam wanted, he could probably make it work.

Six weeks. Six goddamn lonely weeks, no visitors except for the douchebag who put them in that hellhole in the first place.

“Dean!” he calls over the rush of the wind and his own strained breaths, “Dean, wait!”

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Behind Locked Doors | Part 2

Aaaand that’s a wrap! Thank you guys as always for your support!

[Read on AO3]

There was no doubt a time in history when the Castle of Lions was alive with aliens of all shapes and sizes. The Alteans don’t talk about the fact that their food processor has a Galra setting, or that the archives are available in over five hundred different languages, or that the castle’s bedroom sizes range from “cardboard box” to “modest airplane hangar.“ Whatever crew manned the castle before the war was obviously as diverse as the universe was wide—but ten thousand years later, the Altean’s once-crowned fortress floats hollow amongst the stars, reduced to a crystal ghost town.

Normally, Shiro doesn’t dwell on the history of the castle. Voltron's mission makes him feel bigger than the space around him. Now, with Keith out of commission, there’s no grand purpose to distract Shiro from the castle’s dark mood. The halls ring at a single set of footsteps. The vaulted ceilings reach up and up towards the heavens like laced fingers. There’s a thinness to the air that curdles Shiro’s stomach.

Shiro looks up, seated on the stairs of the infirmary, and thinks about how small he and his teammates are. A person could just as easily die from a bad trip down the stairs as a sword through the heart. It’s almost paradoxical, how Voltron can be so powerful and so vulnerable at the same time.

From his spot on the stairs, Lance sighs.

“What should we say when he wakes up?” he asks. His jacket droops on his shoulders. “Should we just…pretend like nothing happened?”

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“Spiked Magician” (Saga pedo)

Also known as the predatory bush cricket, the spiked magician is a species of sagine bush cricket (Saginae) which occurs from southern Europe and western Asia from the Iberian peninsula across central Europe and central Asia to China. Sage pedo is known to inhabit both dry and wet meadows, pastures, scrubland, and even grain fields/vineyards. True to its common name Saga pedo is indeed predatory and will feed on a range of other insects. It earns its other common name due to the “enchating” way it moves its forelimbs as it approaches its prey.


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Image: Christophe BERNIER

Part of a project I’ve been working on the previous month. It will be published next year hopefully. The full project comprised around 90 images… I really enjoyed it. It was an ‘old style’ illustration project, not scientific illustration though, so it doesn’t have the accuracy I would have liked to achieve with the images (not enough time!)

So what do all these have in common? Well, they are all edible, and that is what the book is about!

Pictured, left to right starting from the top: Dragonfly (Anisoptera), Centipede(Scolopendra spp), Australian stingless bee (Meliponini tribe), Goliath Tarantula ( Teraphosa blondi), Termite (Reticuliformes spp), Roman snail (Helix spp), Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa), and Bush cricket (Leptophyes spp).


Armoured Bush Cricket (Acanthoplus discoidalis)

… AKA Armoured Ground katydid, Bradyporinae, a subfamily of the katydid family (Tettigoniidae). The species is native to parts of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 

Acanthoplus discoidalis is a wide-bodied, flightless species that typically grows to a body length of about 5 cm. The pronotum bears several sharp, conical spines. The mandibles, or main biting jaws, are powerful; they can inflict a painful nip and they permit the insect to feed on material such as tough herbage or carrion.

Another defense against predators is reflex bleeding (also called “autohaemorrhaging” in which the insects squirt haemolymph from pores in their exoskeleton, achieving a range of a few centimetres…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photographs: SoniaSoma and RudiBosbouer


Predatory Bush Cricket (Saga pedo

… AKA “Spiked Magician”, the katydid family Tettigoniidae. This species is spread throughout the European part of the Mediterranean, and Asia as far east as China.

It is a wingless bush cricket, with the body size of up to 12 cm (4.7 in), which makes it one of the largest European insects. It is uncommon among its kind due to its carnivorous lifestyle, most often preying on smaller insects, with a known tendency towards cannibalism as well…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photographs by Christophe Bernier