Saturday, August 8, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS .. purple, yellow and some spikes..

Flowers from around the world can be viewed here:

In our garden blooms the
first flower of the Rose of Sharon "Lavender Chiffon".
Hibiscus syriacus, a deciduous flowering shrub native to east Asia,
the plant generally referred to in American English as “Rose of Sharon”
and is the national flower of South Korea.

Yellow cactus flowers with a green insect.

I love the Globe Thistle (Echinops Ritro)
with their spiky leaves and bristly metallic blue flowers.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

the wasp nest - Wespennest ..

After seeing so many wasps in our garden,
I examined our trees to search for the wasp nest.
Very soon I discovered the beautiful, symmetrical architecture and geometrical construction
of a wasp nest located in one of our crab apple tree in front of our house.
If you click on the picture you can see some of the wasp doing
some maintenance on their nest.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hummingbird feeder under attack..

The other day I noticed our hummingbirds visiting the garden,
but not the hummingbird feeder.
After a quick inspection, I found wasps feeding on the sugar water.

Dolichovespula maculata is a North American insect which,
despite commonly being called the bald-faced hornet (or white-faced hornet),
is not a true hornet. It belongs to a genus of wasps called yellow jackets in North America,
and is more distantly related to true hornets like the Asian giant hornet or European hornet,
but the term "hornet" is often used colloquially to refer to any vespine with an exposed aerial nest.

Die Wespenart Dolichovespula maculata baut ihre etwa fußballgroßen Nester
offen in Bäume und Sträucher, jedoch nie in Hohlräume.
Sie kommt häufig im nordamerikanischen Raum vor und spielt in den USA, Alaska und Kanada eine ähnliche Rolle wie ihre nahe Verwandte, die Mittlere Wespe Dolichovespula media in Mitteleuropa.
Ihr besonderes Kennzeichen ist die kontrastreiche schwarz-weiße Gesichtsmaske.
Aber auch der restliche Körper ist vorwiegend schwarz-weiß gezeichnet -
sie unterscheidet sich daher deutlich von den meistens schwarz-gelb gezeichneten anderen sozialen Faltenwespen.
In den Französisch sprechenden Ländern und Regionen Nordamerikas wird sie guêpe à taches blanches genannt.
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