My recent visit to Twillingate, on Newfoundland's northeast coast, inspires this departure from my usual bug postings. Just 2 days ago on December 26 I was in the community for a visit. The province had experienced a few weeks of strong winds and high tides. Normally at this time of year the snow has arrived making hiking trails inaccessible. Not this year. The trails are wet but there is no snow.
I left Durrell and hiked…Continue
Added by For the Love of Nature on December 28, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments
It's an amazing thing - something in the back of our ancient brain tells us to avoid bugs; to jump, scream and squish any that come near. Of course there is a good arguement for learned behaviour. A young child will most likely pick up a bug and examine it; one who sees fearful responses may respond likewise. Many of our behaviours come from observing the norms of those around us.
So, are you scared of bugs - is it a phobia? You may recall a movie called Arachnophobia? …Continue
Added by For the Love of Nature on December 18, 2010 at 10:03am — No Comments
There are numerous bugs which live among us each summer and go without notice. This is especially true for those who mind their own business, don't bite or crawl through our houses.
The Green Lacewing is such a fellow. It is easy to miss. As the name implies, the wings are very fine works of lace. The eyes can be golden in colour. If they are resting on plants they are near invisible - about an inch long. Lacewings are rarely inside your house. Sometimes they give off an…Continue
Added by For the Love of Nature on December 11, 2010 at 11:14am — No Comments
It does seem like a rather odd time of year to write about bugs. I'll re-post the bunch next summer. With those final pre-winter chores outside you might encounter things like - centipedes.
Even to folks who are bug-friendly or even bug-tolerant, the centipede seems to be one nasty fellow. They appear out of nowhere, love to hang under things in your garden and look gruesome! All those 30 legs flailing away and something in the back of our brain says 'this thing is…Continue
Added by For the Love of Nature on December 2, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments