A blog about all things that are wonderful about and to the Earth.
Because being eco-friendly is easier than making the zombie virus.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mimicry is Miraculous!

This is fitting to talk about mimicry when we are near a mimic holiday (Halloween if you didn't know). But besides people mimicking characters ranging from obscure TV characters to the swarms of the popular celebrities, nature has been pulling it off waaaaay before then.

Most people know about the Monarch butterfly and it's mimic, the Viceroy butterfly. Here's a quick little something about these two. The Monarch butterfly tastes awful to birds and so when the bird eats them, they spit it out. Because the colors are so bright and distinct, this bird learns that orange with black stripes is a no-no. Well this Viceroy butterfly happens to be delicious, but because it wears the colors very similar to the Monarch, birds that have already tried to eat a Monarch just stay away from it. However there is always a chance with that, meaning that Viceroy could potentially encounter a bird who has not tasted a Monarch, but at that point they're screwed.

Back to the point though that I want to make. Mimicry is MIRACULOUS. Just to show you how phenomenal, here's a creature that isn't what it seems.
Looks like a bee, right?
I believe that it was a Hover fly. Here is a really good description of insects that are trying to be bees. If you aren't in the mood to read a bunch, here's a tidbit.
-This insect has TWO wings, not four like a bee.
-This insect has SMALLER antennae than a bee.
-This insects has BIGGER eyes than a bee.
Now there is a difference between the mouth-parts, but you have to be looking really close to notice, and frankly I don't want to be that close to a bee just in case it gets really pissed off.

One last cool thing about this Hover fly, you could hear this buzz coming from it because it was flapping it's wings so much. 

Like I said, mimicry is miraculous!!
**No Hover fly was injured during this photo opportunity.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waiting for forever.

Holy crap it's been a couple of weeks since I have posted something.

Well, let's just make it a short story and say that I've been doing a ton of other things.

-I've been tinkering in filming but that's not going to be a real "now you see it!" project until maybe winter-time. It really all depends on some other factors that are not in my control.
-I've been working a lot. Canoeing, classes, Fall Festivals, the whole shebang!
-I've been spending a lot of time with my family. I don't think I ever mentioned it on this site, but I have a cutie of a nephew and I  love seeing him. 

Besides all of that, fall time just seems to drain me. Soon we'll be getting that day light savings time (which I personally hate) and obviously the days have been getting shorter and shorter. It's just so exhausting!

So to show what I've been doing, here's a not too often seen Fringed Gentian
It's very pretty!! And where we do our canoeing trips we get to see a lot of it!

I'm going to work on my slacking. Now this isn't for the people who read my corner of the internet (though I thank you very much!) but I need to make sure that I stick with something that's just for me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Additions to the family.

Though some people would say that animals are not a part of the family, this past weekend I got two new... brothers. Sheep brothers anyway. To explain, my parents have their farm in Wautoma with sheep and chickens (oh, and a rooster too by accident) and this past weekend we included a ram and a wether to the bunch. A wether is a male that is now snipped.
 Meet Dexter, the ram.
Meet Abner, the wether.

They're both very handsome boys, but not the friendliest right now. And that's to be expected since one, they're new, and two, apparently you're not supposed to make nice with the rams since they can turn and hurt. Just look at those horns!!

But besides the sheepies this weekend, my mom and I went on an adventure to the Hancock Horticultural Garden. It's a research garden where the public can visit to see the flowers and plants they can potentially grow. Plus they get to see what things look like during certain times of the year!
This is a beautiful veggie that has water droplets that look like jewels! I'm a sucker for those kind of water droplets.

To add to that adventure, while driving around, we saw this abandoned school house. Or potentially abandoned. Definitely run-down.
Plus we saw a kitty! Yay!

At the end of the weekend, we had a gorgeous moon come out. 
If you have seen the most recent episode of Doctor Who, I'm thinking about 2049 and an egg.

I'll have more to show later on, but I just love sharing the little bits of my nature adventures!