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Great journal about raising Monarch Butterflies in +Cicely Robin Laing's little urban garden...
Journal Entry May 11th, 2012

Busy day... again. Haven't finished my counts today, so i will post the numbers tomorrow. Went to the Friend's Plant Sale today. Got a couple new varieties of milkweed to try in the yard. I have plenty of the common milkweed, but would love to see how other variety fair. And if they will have as many monarch eggs on them. So, I have some gardening to do....

This image shows a first instar cat who has been eating his first milkweed meal. He's eaten a hole in the milkweed bigger than he is!
Always amazes me!
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A great post by +Miss M

This just shows the diversity, and at the same time the commonalities in nature and our names for what we see in nature.

Here are some links to different species with the same names.


European May bug (Melolontha melolontha): http://goo.gl/8wlr
European June bug (Amphimallon solstitiale): http://goo.gl/KF5nl
North American May/june beetles Phyllophaga (genus): http://goo.gl/BrtZ8
Today is #NatureFacts , curated by +Michiel Valk. Yay !

June Beetle larvae (aka White Grubs)
Phyllophaga sp.

I thought I'd uncovered these two in Spring but the date on my shot says September. No shot of the adult beetle, sorry. I usually encounter them while digging and tilling in the Spring.

May/June Beetle facts: also known as May Beetles and June Bugs. Life cycle is typically 3 years but can vary from 2 to 4 depending on latitude and species. Grubs often damage lawns while feeding on grass roots but can also feed on roots of other plants such as grains and trees. Adults are attracted to light and often turn up in streetlights and porch lights. They feed on the foliage of a wide range of trees, shrubs and plants.

Note: June Beetle and the introduced European Chafer adults are very similar in appearance. See how to tell them apart --> www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-023w.htm

Other useful links
www.maine.gov/agriculture/pesticides/gotpests/bugs/grubs.htm
entomology.unl.edu/turfent/documnts/maybtls.shtml
www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/env/final/bugs/white_grubs.html
www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/natural/insects/bugsfaq/junebeet.htm

#bug #beetle #larva #larvae #May #June
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Just a reminder :-)
Tomorrow it's #NatureFacts Sunday again.

Share your photo's telling Nature Facts and help raise awareness for our beautiful and wondrous Nature.
Just add #NatureFacts or tag the page

Hi +Daily Photography Themes, could you add this page to your lists?

This page and #NatureFacts is all about nature photography telling an educational story, where the facts are more important then the quality of the pictures. The goal is the educate and raise awareness, of all the surprising, wondrous and beautiful sides of nature.

You can use the next line as an introdution:
Nature Facts: Is all about nature photography telling a story, the facts are more important then the quality of the pictures. Curator is +Michiel Valk

I'll be curating on Sunday, so that's the day you can mention.

Thanks in advance, Michiel Valk.

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Watch Out! Amphibians are out of hibernation and crossing the roads! Please don't kill them!

Please share this poster with your friends to help save lives!

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It's almost Sunday again, for me at least, so it's time for #NatureFacts !

The +Nature Facts page is all about nature photography telling an educational story, where the facts are more important then the quality of the pictures.
But today I'm sharing a video made with a infrared wildlife-camera, of a badger.
The video was made by the Mammalworkinggroup of IVN Deventer, of which I'm an active member.

Naturefact: Badgers have to go for number two as well.
Badgers often make latrines (faeces deposited in a small, dug out hole) to mark the boundaries of their territories.
Pay special attention at 3:00 min, that's where it gets really graphical ;-)

If you like the #naturefacts theme, dig up your interesting photo's or videos and share them with an accompanying story. If you like this +Page or like me to circle you, you are most welcome to add it to your circle (G+ Pages needs to be circled by you before they can circle you back).

Curated by yours truly.

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Another great ant , by +Alex Wild
I don't know what it is about Australia that encourages so many colorfully metallic insects, but I'm not one to complain.

Rhytidoponera aspersa is just one of the great southern continent's strikingly-patterned ants.

#ScienceSunday
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It's Sunday, so time for some #NatureFacts !

This is a shot of a Redfox's (Vulpes vulpes) droppings.

Foxes prefer to leave their droppings on prominent locations, such as tree stumps, rocks or molehills. This serves as a marking for their territory, along side with sent marking.

Red fox droppings will usually have the tapering associated with predator droppings, but may vary due to their varied diet. Because of their varied diet, the droppings can be white from the bones in their prey, dark with seeds from berries and beetles.

I hope this didn't upset your stomach before, or after, your breakfast.

#NatureFacts
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Great movie about the Maths we can find in nature

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Mediterranean seagrass could be hundreds of thousands of years old #nature #oceans #Science #biodiversity http://ow.ly/8Wm1s
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