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.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

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A Moment Of Summer Life

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Beneath the sun soft breezes whisper blissful dreams. The small workers labor tirelessly to gather their sweet rewards among nature’s treasures. The tall grass suddenly ripples with excitement. Above the fronds a tail wags in delight and satisfaction as the sharp nose picks up the trail. The hound announces his success with a long bay and the chase is on. The unseen rabbit explodes into a zigzag run and doubles back to his hole where he laughs knowing that the hound will never figure out which trail is the real one. Back door of a homestead opens and the small voice calls the dog’s name in a melodic tone. Abandoning the chase for a more coveted prize the tail makes a straight line for the door and the pure joy that waits near it. These are the best days of the season and the life of it is in the moment that is that is held precious.

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Forage Friday #15 – Queen Anne’s Lace

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One of the first wild edible plants that I ever learned was Queen Anne’s Lace. I imagined myself as Tarzan living in the jungle and surviving on what nature provides. One had to be careful when collecting this “exotic” wild edible. It has an infamous impostor. Poison Hemlock! The quickest way to tell the difference is by a single tiny floret in the center of the cluster. The guide books all point to the red dot in the center of the cluster. However, the textbook example is most often found in the textbook and not in field.

In the next photo you can see the the “red dot” is almost black.

Here you can see the the center floret is almost black.

I have an understanding that the soil ph is the reason for the difference. The stem is also hairy. The amount of hair can also vary depending on the soil and genetics.

Poison Hemlock has purple splotches on a hollow stem where Queen Anne’s Lace has a solid fibrous stem.

The root is the part that you eat. Queen Anne’s Lace is in fact a wild carrot. Domestic carrots have undergone massive amounts of selected propagation for flavour and nutrition. Like most wild food you might need to adjust your expectations. The seeds are usually strong flavored and are sometimes used like a spice.

In closing, please do further research and remember that my blog is about the photos and Forage Friday is only intended to be an interesting conversation starter. If you confuse Queen Anne’s Lace with Poison Hemlock the results could be life threatening.

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The Providence Of God & Walking With My Grandfather

Some of my most cherished memories are the long walks with my grandfather. He was World War Two veteran who walked with a cane due to shrapnel that was embedded in his leg but that never seemed to slow him down. He would come over to our little house trailer which was next door to his house and invite me to help him check on the cattle. He was also a survivor of the Great Depression and on our walks he would teach me about the things that they used to do to stretch the budget. One their best resources was the wild edible plants that are found in abundance in Appalachia. Pictured here is Chicory. All parts of the plant are edible. The leaves are eaten as a salad green and the roots are roasted and then ground into a coffee substitute. ( no caffeine). The blue petals if Chicory are a natural litmus test. When exposed to an acid they change from blue to red.

In the background of the image is Queen Anne’s Lace. ( the white flowers). Now, you have to be careful about collecting it because there’s also poisonous look-alikes such as hemlock. Queen Anne’s Lace usually has one tiny little blood red flower in the center of all that white. How’s it used? Well, I’m pretty sure that most of the world already knows because it’s simply a wild carrot. The root doesn’t really look like what you buy in the store or raise in your garden. It is small, white and kinda bland. But, it is a carrot none the less.

Most people look at the plants that grow without any help from humans and all that they see are weeds but I see the province of God and hear the voice of my grandfather.