Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Max, now you are seven years old..

Happy Birthday Max!!

Max was born seven years ago in the small Village of Salem, Ontario.

When we brought Max home he was six weeks old..

a cute little kitten, who quickly found his place in our hearts.

Seven years of fun, laughter, love and excitement.

Thank you..but don't bite my toes so early in the morning:)

Thursday, July 17, 2008


One morning I found this very large and beautiful glass container
in front of neighbour's house ready for garbage collection.
Very quickly I picked up the container from the curb.
Now between ferns and columbines the glass bottle looks just great.

What do you think? Do you like it as well?
Diese grosse Weinflasche stand vor dem Haus unseres Nachbarn am Mülltag.
Schnell holte ich mir die Flasche und nun steht sie zwischen
Farnen und Akeleien im Seitengarten unseres Hauses.
Was denkst Du? Gefällt es Dir auch??

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

CICADAS - Homoptera: Cicadidae, Singzikaden

Shell of Cicadas - Tibicen canicularis

A very interesting looking insect in our garden.
During the summertime cicadas can be found quite often in Guildwood.
Our cat Maxi loves to play with cicadas.

Homoptera: Cicadidae

There are several species of cicadas in Ontario.

All are large in size (2-5 cm long) robust and somewhat triangular in shape. Their antennae are very short, and some are black and green in colour. The wings are held over the back in a sloping fashion and are membranous. Cicadas are very attractive and different in form from most other insects, and often attract interest when they are found.
The common species in Ontario are referred to as the dog-day harvest flies. They have a life cycle of four years or more. The 17-year locust (cicada) is more common farther south in the United States. This species may take 13 to 17 years to complete a life cycle.
Cicadas are well known for their high-pitched, shrill call. The sound is produced by the male, which has powerful muscles attached to the side of membranes that can be vibrated very rapidly. This droning sound is produced on hot, humid days in July and August.
Eggs are laid in the twigs and small branches of trees. The female deposits 10 to 20 eggs in each puncture beneath the bark. Upon hatching, the nymphs drop to the ground and enter the soil. They form a small cell in the soil near a tree rootlet from which they suck the sap. Nymphs develop very slowly taking 4 years or more. When the nymphs are full grown, they crawl out of the soil and up the tree trunk to a place where they grasp the bark firmly. The skin splits down the middle of the back and the adult gradually works its way out. They remain near the old cast skin until the body and wings harden and they are ready to fly.
It is not likely there will be enough cicadas in Ontario to cause important tree and shrub damage. Damage caused by the cicada egg laying may result in dieback symptoms of some tree branches.


Singzikaden (Cicadidae) sind eine Familie innerhalb der Unterordnung der Rundkopfzikaden (Cicadomorpha). Die Insekten sind in der Lage durch Stridulation von Menschen hörbare Laute zu produzieren. Dazu verfügen sie über speziell ausgebildete Trommelorgane (Tymbale). Auf ihre artspezifischen und damit bestimmungsrelevanten Gesänge nimmt die deutsche Bezeichnung Bezug. Dass die Gesänge hauptsächlich von den Männchen ausgehen, war schon den alten Griechen bekannt und verleitete den griechischen Dichter Xenarchos zu dem wenig höflichen Ausspruch: „Glücklich leben die Zikaden, denn sie haben stumme Weiber“. Die Vertreter dieser Familie gehören aufgrund ihres Gesanges, ihrer oft auffälligen Färbung und ihrer Größe zu den bekanntesten Zikaden. Beispielsweise erreicht die indomalayische Kaiserzikade (Pomponia imperatoria) 11 Zentimeter Körperlänge und eine Flügelspannweite über 22 Zentimeter. Bezeichnungen wie „Schwarzer Prinz“, „Kirschnase“, „Rotauge“ oder „Grüner Kaufmann“ geben einen Eindruck von der auffälligen Färbung australischer Singzikaden.

and Wikipedia

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Max and catnip - Baldrian - Katzenminze

Happiness is
to find some catnip in the garden

Max.. El Presidente II in July 2008
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