25 October 2013

20 October 2013

nest art 3

^^inactive bald face hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest in shrub

^^nest are only used for a year. Baldfaced hornets are present throughout most of Canada and the US except for the American Midwest. Except for newly mated females, the entire colony dies each winter. A possible exception maybe in the American deep south where colonies may overwinter. 

^^Adults feed on flower nectar, ripe fruit, carrion and insects, including other wasp species.

Check out BugGuide for more wasp info
thanks to Matteo's Gelato for the use of their patio to take these nest shots

17 October 2013

frogs at home: Frogbert

^^this is Frogbert, a Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla)
that arrived as a tiny tadpole hiding in an order of pond plants.

 ^^about 3.5 to 4 cm snout to tail tip.
Adult size of this species varies between 2 to 5 cm.
Read the full story at Canadaquaria. (forum registration required)
photo credit: Danielle
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frogs at home: Frogbert by Danielle is licensed under a 

Never wild release plants or animals from your aquarium. 
If you remove it from its habitat, it is effectively dead.

The plant or animal could now carry aquarium pathogens, and it may also be a 
genetically different population from the one you release it into. The harsh experience of
aquarists is that you keep it or euthanize it.

While hard line, this is a rule responsible aquarists hold to. 
There have been too many ecosystems disrupted by human interference, even well meaning human interference, that there has been an ethic developed that says we ruin what we touch, and that whether we catch it to eat it or keep it, it doesn't go back.

See this University of Victoria page for one devastating example.

9 October 2013

random sounds 62: Delaney, Bonnie and Friends ... lots and lots of friends

^^with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, 
Billy Preston, Jim Price, Bobby Keys, Rita Coolidge, Tex Johnson, live, 1969