Thursday, April 28, 2011


There are more named species of beetles in this world than any other group - described beetles make up about a quarter of all described animal groups.

In the book Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity, ISBN-13:978-1-55297-900-6,  prof Stephen Marshall tells us beetles are found almost everywhere in the world and range in size from 0.25 mm up to 20 cm, a range equal to that between the tiniest shrew and the largest whale.

Beetles can be mightily destructive (Emerald Ash Borer), great cleaner-uppers (Carrion Beetles) or just simply beautiful as they go about the business of living, growing and reproducing.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I saw the first butterfly in the Ottawa district!

An Eastern Comma at about 11 am on April 8.  (About a month later than usual.)  There'll be more.  Soon.

Prothonotary Warbler feeding on mosquito larvae

Photo © John T. Fowler and may not be downloaded or reproduced without permission.  Photo prints available for sale.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This little lady is moving out.


Leave home for a weekend to watch some baseball, you never know who'll move in while you're away.

(Just wait 'til Bonnie gets home and sees this.)

The wrong side of the zoo fence

If you ever wanted to know what it's like to be on the wrong side of the fence in a zoo, just go to a Blue Jay opener and sit in the nosebleed section. My buddy Bob said you gotta do it once - the atmosphere is to "experience". He was right on both counts (especially the "once"). We were three rows down from the very top at the Skydome or whatever they call it now. Great view, 'specially of the drunks and fights. Even of the two jerks who decided to hurl full cans of beer down on the heads of the folks below. Security was conspicuous by it's absence, as the saying has it. I don't think any kids got hit.  Anyway, we won the blowout 13-3 and I've now done it. Twice. First time and last time.