A rare treat — a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at a city greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for females just like male elk, deer, and moose. Check out this video of 2 males fighting (a different but similar […]
Category Archive for 'Wildlife'
Why did this beautiful Black-eyed Susan have red on it while all the others were yellow? I came across them yesterday in a city greenway. These are native plants, growing wild.
Saw this lovely little bug plodding patiently along a wall at a local park last week. She inspired me! She’s a wingless nymph (sub-adult) in the family Reduviidae.
Posted in Wildlife on Jun 26th, 2015
Saw this beautiful big click beetle on the deck a couple of days ago, about an inch long. If clicked away after one picture, disappearing into the brush. The two black spots are fake eyes that startle birds and other predators and give the beetle a chance to get away. Lots of butterflies and caterpillars […]
Posted in Wildlife on Jun 3rd, 2015
I saw this family of Great Blue Herons yesterday at a wetland along a city greenway. After watching this sequence, I understood why Mama usually rests with her bill pointed way up in the air. They try to get mom to give up some fish from her mouth. One of the chicks hustles to be […]
These beetles must spend a lot of time mating. Yesterday was only the second time I’ve ever seen them, and both times, every beetle in sight was so engaged. Dozens of them. On both occasions, they were on patches of Common Milkweed. I was taking a walk when I saw them yesterday, hoping to spot […]
Posted in Wildlife on May 10th, 2015
I wish a safe Mother’s Day to all the wildlife mothers across the world. Especially the world’s primates, most of which are threatened or endangered. Primates are special, for me. Most animal mothers don’t provide any maternal care whatsoever. Instead, they lay eggs and abandon them, never seeing their own babies. That includes most (but […]
Monarchs have started their spring migration from Mexico to the United States and Canada. These unique and beautiful butterflies migrate farther than any other butterfly, often more than 1000 miles! They’re reported to have left their Mexican wintering area on March 24 and crossed into Texas on April 2. If you grow lots of milkweed […]
I love spring! Every March, the Yellow-crowned Night Herons mysteriously come to town, nesting in my city of more than a million people. I don’t know why! These birds usually nest in coastal wetlands and feed on crustaceans. But here they are again, nesting 40 feet over a suburban street, 200 miles inland. Where’s the […]
Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Fish, Fish sanctuaries, Food, Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, N0-fishing zones, Overconsumption, Resources, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Wildlife survival on Oct 20th, 2011
Too many powerful fishing boats We all know the oceans are in trouble. Since “large-scale fishing” began in 1952, the abundance of large oceanic fish has decreased globally by 90%. Too many boats with too much capacity are chasing too few fish. Bottom trawlers drag nets across sea beds and coral reefs, cutting down everything […]