Magnolia Berries And The Return Of Ground Birds

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As I write tonight’s post the katydids are already chirping outside in the humid night air. Thus the last half of summer has begun. It also signals that the mountain magnolia has fruited. While technically it’s not ripe it has changed color. It’s highly visible follicetum can be seen in in a whirl of giant leaves that gives my mountain a tropical look. The berries are not toxic but they’re also not pleasantly flavored for humans. They are however a favorite food of the Eastern Towhee. The elusive ground dwelling songbird that has pretty much escaped my lens since early Spring. In the thick understory of summer he’s all but invisible. I only know that he’s still around because I hear him singing occasionally and see the branches and twigs move when he changes location. But, “Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise” as the old timers say I’ll have my chance when the Magnolia drops its fruit. The pinkish cluster will turn black with brilliant red berries and then the little Towhee will have a feast! The Magnolia is spread by ground dwelling birds and I think that the Towhee might have a little competition this fall. For a sound that I’ve not heard since I was a kid rang out through my yard today. The call of a Bob White quail! I realize that in some parts of North America this is a common everyday experience but in the early eighties they just seemed to go away here. They left along with the grouse, whip-poor-will and nighthawk. Some say that it was the rise in the coyote population that caused the decline in ground birds and others say it’s the fault of pesticides. I think it’s probably a little of both but I was thrilled to hear the little guy’s voice calling out “Bob Bob White!” over and over this evening. I hope this means that the other birds are also on their way home to my mountain.

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A Time For Rest

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Softly the little Crescent Butterfly comes to rest on the leaf. She doesn’t pump her wings or crawl about looking for a bloom to sip from. She simply rests from a day’s work. She’s probably covered untold miles laying eggs and sipping nectar but at the end of her day she’ll simply rest up and gather all her energy for the next round of important work. And I too am ready for a moment of recouping. The dream world awaits my presence tonight.

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The Hoverfly. Another Pollinator.

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Hardly a summer goes by that I don’t notice the tiny little bee-like hoverfly trying to land on me without being seen. Other times they’ll float in mid air about an inch or so above my skin as if waiting for clearance to land. They’re interested in my salt of course. Like butterflies they need salt to reproduce and humans in the Southern sun tend to have a treasure trove of salt available in their sweat. I normally allow them to get what they need. As a child I was pretty scared of bees and the hoverfly was just another bee to me until Mt grandfather pointed out that it’s just a fly without a sting and you could see its little red tongue licking like a dog. The comparison to a puppy and trust in my grandfather was enough to calm my fears and I became fascinated with the hoverfly. Like the Tachinid flies these little guys are beneficial flies. But they’re not Tachinid flies. They’re in the Syrphid fly family. As adults the hoverflies sip nectar and transfer pollen. And while they don’t carry the payload of a bee they make up the difference by visiting more flowers per flight. Some hoverflies are also predators in the maggot stage and feed on the larvae of aphids while others assist in composting. The rattailed maggot is a type of hoverfly that has a built-in snorkel and is found in the messy end of the barnyard for obvious reasons.

But back to pollination. There’s actually not a lot of research being done on the hoverfly as a pollinator. It’s known that a Chinese variety is the main pollinator of the slipper orchid in Southwest China which leads me to think that our own pink lady’s slipper orchid may have a similar relationship with our native hoverfly. If anyone knows this for sure drop a comment below. The hoverfly is a generalist when it comes to pollination. In tonight’s Feature Image it was found on Queen Anne’s Lace right next to the Belvosia Borealis fly that I covered last night. There’s actually about six thousand species of hoverfly in the world that act as pollinators in their adult stage and I’m not sure which specific hoverfly I have here but I do know that they make me smile when I see them.

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The Great Golden Digger Wasp 2021

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The marshlands of Muddlety Creek are alive with tiny wings as the cloud softened light spreads through the landscape. And what better place to find the swamp milkweed than a swamp? Although we normally associate milkweed with the Monarch and Viceroy Butterflies it’s sweet effervescence draws in many pollinators. To most of us the idea of a wasp being beneficial can seem a little strange at first. We tend to imagine the paper wasp that builds its nest on our houses and develops an attitude problem as it gets “broody” throughout the summer. But that’s actually not the majority of wasp species. And especially not true for the Great Golden Digger Wasp. In fact the male Golden Digger doesn’t even have a stinger. They do get a little territorial and will bluff you if you pressure them but in general this species is pretty passive.

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For the most part this wasp would rather spend the day sipping nectar. The Golden Digger Wasp has fur which is pretty unique among wasps and actually improves the chances of carrying pollen between flowers. However, unlike honeybees and solitary bees she doesn’t feed pollen or nectar to her babies. Instead she’ll feed them crickets and katydids. As the name implies she digs several holes and then goes on the hunt for crickets and katydids. The female is the only one that has a sting and it’s a special neurotoxin that paralyzes her prey. She’ll actually use her antenna like tentacles to help carry the paralyzed insect back to a hole. But before she can drag the victim into her tunnel she has to inspect the tunnel and make sure that it’s a perfect nursery for her baby. In fact science has discovered that she’s a little OCD about this. In experiments scientists discovered that if they moved her paralyzed victim while she’s in the tunnel that she’ll drag it back to the place where she left it and start her inspection all over again. In each experiment with different female Digger Wasps they never failed to start over in this way.

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Everything has to be perfect because once she lays a single egg on her prey she closes the tunnel and never returns. In this way the Great Golden Digger Wasp both pollinates the plants and controls the pests that damage them. So when you see the Great Golden Digger Wasp don’t reach for the spray. They’re actually making the world a better place for us.

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The Ruby Meadowhawk

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The red dragonfly sits carefully on his perch scanning for the flight pattern of his prey. His sharp eyes are genetically tuned for certain movements and he can see in almost a full circle. His powerful wings are like loaded springs waiting for the pull of a trigger. The mosquito rises up from the water’s surface and the dragonfly feels his feet leave the leaf as his wings engage the humid air. From his perspective the world seems to be in slow motion. The blink of a human eye is three hundred milliseconds but the dragonfly’s reaction time is only fifty milliseconds as he closes in on his prey. The mosquito seems to be frozen in time as the dragonfly maneuvers through the reeds. In truth, I had my camera in burst mode and the dragonfly completely vanished between frames. Yes, they’re that fast. It’s said by scientists that a dragonfly can fly at sixty miles per hour. And my observation is that they can go from zero to sixty in less than a second. While hunting they can even fly upside down in order to catch those nasty mosquitos. By comparison, a hummingbird flies at thirty miles per hour and can only reach sixty miles per hour by diving straight down while flapping their wings as hard as they can. ( Which is something hummingbirds do as part of their mating ritual. ) But I suppose that twice the number of wings means twice the speed. Much like hummingbirds dragonflies incorporate their whole body into their aerobatics. By changing the angle of their body they change the traction that their wings generate and can even turn around 360° in mid flight. Engineers are actually studying how dragonflies maneuve in order to create more efficient drones. In terms of scale speed a human being would pass out from the G forces that a dragonfly produces while just hunting. Even though I didn’t catch it on camera that sudden stop when the dragonfly returned to his favorite perch was as equally impressive as the flight.

The appearance of the dragonflies marks the midsummer page of my natural calendar and while I enjoy all of the varieties of dragonflies I think that the red ones are my favorite.

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