I have seen a number of Japanese beetles this year and whilst they are rather attractive with their copper and green colours, they are a serious pest in Canada. In Japan natural predators control them, but in North America they damage about 200 different species of plants. They are thought to have arrived in North… Continue reading Japanese Beetles
I have noticed a new beetle this year. It is quite distinctive because of its colour and it has an unusual flight. They almost look like little helicopters as they hover. The Calopteron reticulatum or Banded Net-wing Beetle is found in moist woods and meadows and feed on juices of decaying plant matter, so it… Continue reading Banded Net-winged Beetle
There are a number of bees that can look a little like wasps at first glance. This is an Andrena Bee, which is commonly called a Mining Bee. They mine or burrow into the ground to create nests and prefer sandy soil, which is probably why they like our area. This is a male, but… Continue reading Mining Bees
One of our chairs on the dock has been turned into a nursery. A Ground Crab Spider has decided that a bright red colour makes a good setting for her babies to arrive. I am not sure if she is colour blind or if actually her babies will blend well with the colour when they… Continue reading Motherly Love
I posted early on about our old apple tree and how it is reaching the end of its life. We took down one large limb some time ago, so that it would not fall on the cottage, but there was still more to do. As I said before, I love the idea of apples at… Continue reading Apple Trees, Please!
The American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila Americana) is much more attractive than I would expect a carrion beetle to be! Not only do they eat carrion, but they also eat fly and beetle larvae, dung, rotting fruit and fungus. These are in the group of beetles that work in pairs to excavate soil under small, dead… Continue reading American Carrion Beetle
The Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons) lives in colonies of hundreds to thousands of individuals. They build their nests underground in rock crevices or rodent burrows, but will also use human structures, such as under steps. They don’t go deep. Most are less than 2” underground. Some will nest in attics too. One Queen starts the… Continue reading A Royal Visitor