Friday, August 28, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS are sunflowers ...

Flowers from around the world can be viewed here:

Sunflowers with ladybug, bees and wasp...

Just living is not enough...
one must have sunshine,
freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

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Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa virginica, Holzbienen

Correction... Thank you Rosemary -
from "Toronto gardening all year round".
left a comment and identified the black bumble bee as
Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa virginica
Es handelt sich nicht um schwarze Hummeln, sondern um Holzbienen

Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large, hairy bees distributed worldwide. There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera. Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers.

Die Holzbienen (Xylocopa, griech.: „die Holzschneidende“) sind eine Gattung aus der Familie der Echten Bienen (Apidae) innerhalb der Bienen. Von ihnen kommen acht Arten in Europa vor, in Mitteleuropa sind es drei. Ihren deutschen wie auch den wissenschaftlichen Namen haben die Tiere, da die meisten Arten ihre Nester in Holz anlegen. Sie können durch ihre Nistweise Schäden verursachen und werden insbesondere in den Vereinigten Staaten beim Nisten in aus Holz gebauten Häusern und Holzgegenständen bekämpft.

Reference Wikipedia, pictures guild-rez 8/2009

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cicada - Singzikaden (Cicadidae) found dead in the garden..

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.
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.

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 Ausspruch:

„Glücklich leben die Zikaden, denn sie haben stumme Weiber“.

guild-rez 8/2009
Laboratory Services Division,
University of Guelph
Ontario. Canada

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

flowering cactus with Agapostemon, Western hemisphere sweat bee

I posted this picture before, but today I was able to identify the "green bug" in the picture
with the help of BugGuide -
Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
I love bugs ..

The genus Agapostemon is a common group of Western hemisphere sweat bees
of generally green or blue appearance (head and thorax always,
sometimes also the abdomen in some females). There are some 45 species in the genus, ranging from Canada to Argentina.
They superficially resemble various members of the tribe Augochlorini,
which are typically metallic greenish in appearance.

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House Wren- abandoned nest with eight eggs

Abandoned House Wren nest with eight eggs found in the Wren house.
Messy nest of coarse twigs,
lined with fine fibers and downy feathers, filling the nest.
Tiny glossy white eggs, tinted pink with many pinkish brown specks.

House Wren
Spring 2005,
Bixby, Oklahoma
Photo by Brenda Carroll

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Monday, August 24, 2009

flowers galore ...

What a desolate place would be a world without a flower!
It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome.
Are not flowers the stars of the earth,
and are not our starts the flowers of the heaven.
- A.J. Balfour

Rose of Sharon "Chiffon"

Scaevola aemula - Fairy fan-flower

Rose of Sharon "Chiffon" and hydrangea "Winky Pinky"

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