Nothing makes data entry more fun than a beetle buddy helping out! 💕
This beautiful male Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus, was gifted to me today during my lunch break. How exciting! His name is Cornelius and I absolutely love him.
Hercules beetles are native to much of the Eastern half of the United States. They are reportedly the heaviest beetles in North America. The larvae, which are large, white C-shaped grubs, typically live in and feed on rotting logs and stumps of hardwoods. Adults eat rotting fruit and sap. The horns present in males are used to fight opposing males for the right to mate.
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WHAT UP SPRING 💐☘️
My back yard doesn’t actually look like this. Those same trees are a little bare, with the buds of leaves juuuust starting to think about emerging. Across campus, however, other trees are showing their stuff. This is... kind of a problem? 🤔
When we think of spring, we think green. And it makes sense, because spring dates mean warmer temperatures and longer days of sun exposure, which signal trees to come out of their dormant status, leaf out, and then generate pollen or flowers (or both!) in order to create the next generation of trees. Like all plants, trees are on a schedule, and sometimes those schedules get thrown out of whack (story of my life tbh 🤦🏼♀️).
Across the US, April marks the earliest emergence of blooms for flowering plants, but warming temps mean periodically warmer-than-usual days, which can trigger early blooms. When trees bloom too early, the shock from a dip in temperature can kill the leaves, and possibly leave the tree unable to bloom again later in the year due to energy exertion. This impacts not just the tree, but the wildlife that get food from it, including insects, herpetofauna, birds, and even mammals. Some species are up to 12 days ahead of schedule, which can cause many issues for spring bird migrations, or for insects in the fall that rely on these plants for food sources.
Is there a way to combat this issue? Outside of large-scale actions for climate change, you can still impact your local plant community by encouraging your business, parents, or friends to buy plant species that are endemic to the area! The bradford pear trees on my campus are gorgeous, but they bloom too early, and they’re exotic. This is one of the easiest ways to minimize the imbalance between plant and wildlife/insects. Landscaping may also play a small role in your yard’s microclimate- south-facing plants enjoy more sunlight, and therefore bloom earlier. Lastly, mowing your grass at a taller height will keep the ground cooler, which will keep tree roots cooler, which may stall early blooms (it also reduces water evaporation- score!).
Do you have any good lawn tips or tricks? Where my plant wizards at? 🙋🏼♀️💐☘️
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Let’s vote! Thank you for all the name suggestions for this little dude- so many great ones! I’ve narrowed it down to three. “Like” your pick in the comments 👇 The name with the most Likes is the winner.
1. Claude Monet (Claude for short)
2. Rembrandt (Remy for short)
3. Bob Ross
Found another little friend inside today, I think this one may be a NZ native! I put him outside, hopefully he settled pretty quickly. I always feel so bad for stressing them out, but I know it's better for them to be outside in nature. 🌿
EDIT: Turns out this little guy is in fact a rainbow skink, so unfortunately not a native. A shame, but still beautiful & precious all the same! 💚
Okay so this identification is very iffy, but the blue dasher is the closest thing I found to this dragonfly so that's what I went with. But I wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong on that, so by all means please correct me if I'm wrong! Anyway, I posted a photo of a damselfly yesterday, and now we have this guy, a dragonfly! You can see here what I meant yesterday by my description of how dragonfly wings sit when resting, and I think it's also pretty apparent that he's shorter- and fatter-looking than the damselfly was! This guy may not be as vibrant and pretty as the damselfly from yesterday was, but he's still definitely pretty cute, at least to me! Hope you like him!
It's my beautiful green mantis friend again! I unfortunately still haven't seen my favorite brown one since I've gotten back home, so I'm not sure if he's still in the rose bush or not but it's looking like he might be gone. If he is gone I'm going to choose to believe he just moved somewhere else instead of being killed by something because I can't stand the thought of the little guy being dead. But anyway there are some mantises I know are still living in my rose bushes, like this little green guy, so there will definitely be more pictures of these guys in the future. So if you're like me and love mantises, don't worry you'll still get to see some of them!
Have you ever held a chinchilla before? This is Ponyboy and he has the softest fur amongst all land animals! His fur is so dense that he cannot take baths in water. Instead, he takes special dust baths to remove oil, dirt, and extra moisture from his fur. Visit Ponyboy up close Monday through Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM – 4:30 PM!