Today we explored the local faerie doors in Ann Arbor Michigan. The brush goblin did a wonderful job of locating the doors. I might attempt to train it so it can ferret out other fae from their nest and burrows in the same fashion as dash hounds are sent down rabbit and badger holes.
Caught in the wylds of the Northern Territory of Michigan, a brush goblin. This creature is also commonly known as a lawn goblin. Distantly related to their urbanized cousins, "lawn gnomes" these goblins, attempt to dress themselves in hopes of obtaining the free meals and board that gnomes enjoy.
Unfortunately, unlike gnomes who have been breed and groomed for centuries to remain still in gardens and other green lush locations while wearing garments made for them by their owners, brush goblins, easily grow bored and like all goblins with nothing better to entertain themselves will begin to destroy beautifully manicured topiaries, herb gardens, and potted plants.
While relatively harmless to humans, as their diet pertains mostly to plant matter and large insects, they have been known to tease household pets into permanent neurotic behavior and to steal small shiny objects that they can drag under a door or a mouse hole when scavenging in a house.
The oddest part of this creature is it's fascination with sheep bells. This one I found was proudly wearing one on it's tail, which is how I found it when walking the grounds of my family's home.
I will be taking this specimen home with me for further studies.
I am worried that I might have an infestation on my hands as I can come along yet another red cap while about in my gardens this morning. I believe based on it's girth it may be female.
If this is true, it will make for an interesting study. I may be able to gain a better understanding on the reproduction of the hard back red cap. While it is known that they are egg layers and spend their adulthood in solitude, little else is known about their nesting or interaction with their spawn. Or even if such takes place.
I am going on holiday before I travel to Dragoncon. It will be of course a working holiday and I will continue to preserve and prepare my findings for Dragoncon's artroom where I will have pieces both in the auction and have an artist table. As such all my online storefronts including the one on this page will be closed until after Dragoncon in Sept.
But do not despair, if you are in true need of my works, I will be attending both Deltah con, and Spacecity con in Houston tx in the up coming weeks. Until then I will continue to do corrective dental work on some redcaps I have recently captured in attempts to make them fit for vi the Art gallery.
Hard backed redcap, observing a panaeolous foenesecii after a night of rain, this type of mushroom does not provide the redcap with it’s dietary requirements to produce toxins as it is low of not absent of psilocybin nor the redcaps normal poison muscimol which is common in Amanita muscaria. The redcap goblin like it's cousin the soft backed redcap often lives among forest rich in Amanita blending into the floor canopy and waiting for a hapless victim to bite and then eat at it’s leisure. While a solitary creature by nature, due to their natural aggression to turn on one another, a lone redcap is rarely an issue for a well versed traveler as they are calculating and not foolish in their attacks. Most would consider the redcap cowardly over calculating, however I have found them to be as manipulative if not more so then any other breed of faerie, luring it's victim into a false sense of safety by acting timid and almost playful. The Common redcap will not try to take down a prey it does not feel it can mange on it's own, where as the soft backed redcap tends to be more social within its breed and will call on the aid of other soft backs to take down large prey.
Boletus lupites, also known as The soft backed red cap is named after it’s ability to blend into patches of Amanita muscaria between the roots of cedar and pines. Less common then it’s larger cousins the common red cap, it is also smaller but as destructive.
Red caps are known for their continued feeding frenzies, yet few know of the hallucinogenic properties of their saliva and marking glands as I had discovered recently in the capturing and handling of a specimen as of late.
While I will not say it was necessarily and enjoyable discovery, I have now formed a hypothesis that red capped mushrooms may not in fact be toxic in their own right, but have been contaminated by the infestations of soft backs living among them. It could also be argued that the toxin has been ingested so often by the creature that it just has a naturally high serum level in it's system making it toxic. I strongly advise bite proof gloves should be worn when removing these from a live capture trap.
Like most creatures in the goblin family, they have a fondness for human nick nacks, in this case the one I have captured had some silverware from a child's tea set, some tiny little keys, and a glass vile that was filed with a questionable fermented substance that may have once been milk.
Further study will be continued on this genus of goblins after I have finished cleaning the wound from the bite I received earlier.
Who strangely also will answer to the name Tiffany Crosby spends her time creating art, writing down her musings and helping others as a massage therapist.