What is a witch? How does she come to be, how can you see her?
Hoarding may be a part of it, collecting things that may seem meaningless and gathering them for a later secret use. Oversized wooden buttons fallen off of red wool sweaters, hat pins a century old with a pearl topper, costume rings of clouded stones and bent metal tarnished from weather. Magic hides in the small, in plain sight. It can be simple to hex or bless someone by holding something of theirs in your palm, letting their sliver of soul left in it flicker and burn and bring out a secret.
Perhaps there are reasons witches keep cats around them. Women and cats do as they please, and both may have eyes that glow like silver coins in the dark as they hunt you but you to not know it.
A witch can walk in dreams, or slide back and forth within realms by knowing when to blink and which patch of moss to step on. She may often wear too many rings, and allow them to click together like beetles. They might act as talismans and spark spells at a gesture or with a whisper in sparks and static shocks you wouldn’t think twice about. She may laugh like a raven caws and her shadow does not match up quite right.
Be wary of witches. Do not get on their bad side. They may be closer than you think.
hyperfixation! bugsbugsbugsbugs i have two florida ivory millipedes, im getting 4 blue death feigning beetles over the summer, and i have a glowing click beetle! i dont hold her often cus the clicks startle me really easy, n i only hold one millipede every day bc the other bites (tries to! they can't get through skin but it still bugs me (ha that was unintentional)) but i still let him crawl around my bed!
While looking up something unrelated I happened across Lucihormetica luckae, a rare or possibly even extinct large cockroach from South America. It glows in the dark! Its glowing/bioluminescent properties are speculated to be a form of mimicry, convincing predators that the cockroach is actually a toxic click beetle/fire beetle (which also bioluminesces and is also generally cool-looking). The spots on the back kind of remind me of an owl face, too, which is something you could play with.
Almost everyone is familiar with click beetles; beetles that right themselves with a clicking flip, hopefully landing right-side-up. They belong to the family Elateridae, a moderately size beetle family with just under 10,000 described species.
Yes, 10,000 species makes a medium sized beetle family.
The click beetles you are likely to be familiar with are probably dull-brown-black, but they actually come in a rainbow of colours, often with distinctive patterns. Some, like Pyrophorusand their relativeshave bioluminescent eye-spots and others are wonderfully metallic. Given this diversity, click beetles are one of relatively few beetle families that many people can consistently recognise; reflecting the combination of behaviour (clicking) and relatively uniform structure.
Their larvae are often called wireworms and you might be familiar with these too. Wireworms are six-legged, well-sclerotised (hardened) little torpedoes, at least compared to the larvae of many other beetle groups. They can be found in the soil and leaf litter, or in dead, decaying, wood.
Make sure you CLICK on the links to see some of the other-worldy beauty of click beetles.
Here in Australia there are around 700 described click beetles in a total of 70 genera. Although the genera have been revised recently the species are still moderately poorly known especially in some of the large genera like Conoderus and Agrypnus. Like all medium-large families, we still have much to learn regarding, even, the basic composition of the Australian beetle fauna.