Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Sunday 21 April 2024

The Squirrel with two-toned fur - Nature 132

We have two previous postings about squirrels: a little squirrel in her nest and four weeks old baby squirrel. 

Image 01 - A squirrel with two tones.

You may read the two previous postings:

Based on internet sources, the squirrels with two toned furs are in good health, and there's no cause for alarm.

If you come across squirrels sporting two-toned furs in any places (parks or gardens), these bicolored squirrels can enjoy just as lengthy and robust lives as their monochromatic counterparts.

Image 02 - A two-toned fur, just playing. 

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Image 03 - A brown squirrel.

At least there are 3 possibilities of squirrels with two-tones:
1) Mismarking
It’s not uncommon to see squirrels with a patch of fur that differs in color from the rest of their coat. Mismarking can result from various factors, such as genetics, injury, or illness.

2) Parasites
Occasionally, mites or fungal infections can lead to patchy fur loss in squirrels, resulting in a dual-colored appearance.

3) Piebald
Piebald squirrels exhibit a rare genetic trait resulting in patches of pigmentation loss. These squirrels can display various color combinations, although gray and black fur is the most frequent occurrence.

Image 04 - A squirrel, playing on the grass.

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Saturday 13 April 2024

The Bees Pollinating Morning Glory Flowers - Nature 131

Morning glory is a common plant seen in our areas. Interestingly, the flowers attract many pollinators. 

Fig 01 - A bee pollinating a flower.

Since the blossoms are rich in sweet nectar and brightly flowers colors, make bees attract to come to Morning Glory plant. 

Other various pollinators include:
- butterflies
- hummingbirds
- and many insects

Flowers with trumped-shaped are perfect for pollination. As the pollinators dive for a sugary reward, it helps the flower reproduce by picking up pollen. 

Fig 02 - A bee picking up pollen.

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Fig 03 - A gate to the garden, illustration 

Moreover, as the bees fly to different morning glory flowers, they transfer pollen, leading to fertilizing the flowers and allowing them to produce seeds.

Fig 04 - The bee just landing.

Do you know about Morning Glory Flowers?

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Saturday 30 March 2024

A Female only Needs to Mate once in Life - Nature 130

The Spring season means mosquitos season in our southern state, Louisian. Higher temperatures make them so active. 

Image 01 - A mosquito (credit to Google). 

We are struggling to mow the lawn, and it seems our neighbors are having the same trouble. 

It is because we are breathing and swallowing these small critters at our backyard or outdoors. 

When open the front door, the mosquitoes attack our eyes and about 5 to 10 of them comes into house.

The fact makes me surprising that female mosquitoes store sperm from a single mating and use it to fertilize eggs throughout their lifespan.

Image 02 - Blooming at neighborhood

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Image 03 - Multiple flowers, blooming.

A female mosquito can lay between 50 and 500 eggs in her first batch. While subsequent batches may have fewer eggs, a single female can produce up to 10 batches throughout her life. Her lifespan can reach up to 5 months.

Image 04 - Our neighborhood's corner.

What do you think?

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Sunday 24 March 2024

Is Meat Not a Main Food of Fox? - Nature 129

We have talked briefly about a fox crossing street at our neighborhood recently at previous posting. 

Image 01 - A fox, sitting on the street.

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What our neighbors (common people) wonder that foxes didn't consume pets, then, what their main diets?

Based on internet sources that in their eating habits, foxes are adaptable to consume whatever food is easily accessible. Foxe don't usually eat "meat," they eat berries and variety of bugs.

Image 02 - Wild fruit at neighborhood

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Image 03 - Colorful flowers

Yes, foxes hunt on frogs, worms, insects and small mammals (rodents and rabbits). 

We believe the foxes around our neighborhoods are mothers searching for foods for their kits. Their habitats are disappearing to build houses.

Image 4 - A mother of fox, searching for food,

What do you think?

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Sunday 10 March 2024

The Spring is Coming around Here - Nature 128

 The temperature going up to around F 68* (20* C) and flowers are blooming, it is mean that Spring is coming in our areas. 

Image 01 - Red Chinese Fringe flowers.

One of favorite flowers is Red Chinese Fringe flower with scientific name, Loropetalum chinense

The other common names for this flower are:
- Strap flower
Chinese witch hazel
Chinese fringe flowers
- Pink fringe flower
- Loropetalium.

Image 02 - The plant of Red Chinese Fringe

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Image 03 - A road, illustration. 

The flower original to Far East Asia (China and Japan) and SouthEast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand)

Image 04 - Another blooming flower.

Many people love Red Chinese Fringe plants because of their attractive foliage and colorful flowers.

Image 05 - Beautiful red flowers.

Do you know of Red Chinese Fringe flowers?

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Tuesday 5 March 2024

A Grasshopper on the Leaves of Gardens - Nature 127

There are plenty of grasshopper species found in our areas. Based on internet sources, there are at least 45 species. 

Image 01 - Grasshopper in action.

We capture a grasshopper in a garden, based on identification from GoogleID, the machine offered two possibilities of species:
1) A Caroline locust
- has a scientific name, Dissosteira carolina.
- they are not major pest but may damage vegetations or gardens.

2) A Gray bird grasshopper
- a scientific name, Schistocerca nitens.
- are found in our areas, Baton Rouge, LA.

Image 02 - A species of Grasshopper. 

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Image 03 - Cotton candy, illustration.

However, there are 4 (four) most common grasshoppers that are found in our city, Louisiana.  

Image 04 - A grasshoppers tried to escape. 

The 4 most common grasshoppers are:
- Easter lubber grasshopper.
- Differential grasshopper.
- Carolina locust.
- Dichromorpha viridis.

Image 05 - Wild flowers, illustration.

Carolina locust is suggested by GoogleID as one of two species from our images. The species may be found fields, grasslands and meadows. 

Image 06 - Is it Carolina locust? 

Do you know species of grasshopper in your areas?

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Thursday 29 February 2024

The Red Chili in the Market - 126

 We "very rare" to see red chili in common grocery stores such as Walmart. We may find this chili in the place such as ethnic groceries and farmer market.

Image - Red chilis, sold in the ethnic store.

Red chilis are essential to many cuisines for many countries around the globe. We may use them as adding of:
- flavor
- heat 
- and even color to dishes.

In addition to fresh, we could find red chilis in forms of powdered, dried and in sauces.

Do you like chilis?

Saturday 24 February 2024

The Minorca Rooster and Leghorn Hens - Nature 125

We talked about chicken at previous posts, the topics include "Chickens Enjoying Freedom Outside" and "The Free Ranging Chickens."

Image 01 - The Minorca rooster.

This post talks about "The Minorca Rooster and Leghorn Hens." The Minorca origins from Minorca, Spain. Other common names:
Gallina de Menorca (in Catalan)
Menorquina (in Spanish).

The Minorca was imported by J.J. Fultz to Ohio, USA in 1884. Then, spreading across America.

Since our areas are warm and humid during summer, this breeding is suitable enough to grow well.

Image 02 - Several chicken Eggs from yard.

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Image 03 - Chickens on the yard.

The Leghorn hen was origin to Tuscany region, Italy, then export to America in 1828. Americans called its as "Italians" initially.

Image 04 - A Palm, illustration only.

Leghorn hens are amazingly producing a great number of eggs compared to other breeding.

Image 05 - A beach, illustration.

The breeding could produce eggs at average of 250 eggs per year. The Leghorn hens produce eggs from 4 months old to several years. 

Fig 06 - Several Leghorn hens and a Minorca Rooster.

Do you know about a Leghorn hen and a Minorca Rooster?

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Saturday 17 February 2024

Leaves of Maple Tree Hardly Turn Red in our City - Nature 124

We have one Maple tree at backyard, its leaves hardly turn red before fall down. It might be related to temperature.  

Image 01 - A single tree turned its leaves to red.

Our areas are known for "mild winter" in which we have no or less snow during winter seasons. Sure, we have "mild fall" season as well.

As far as we remember, the last snow (light snow) fell in Baton Rouge in 2017, seven years ago.

However, surprisingly, the foliage of Maple trees at our backyard and neighborhood turns beautiful "red" before falling down in the last several years. Some reasons include our areas have temperature below 0* C (below 32* F) and freezing blast from Artic regions for weeks. 

Image 02 - Read leaves, look pretty

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Image 03 - A cat on the fallen leaves.

Due to its beautiful red foliage makes this tree to be one of favorite choices for landscape in many areas.

Image 04 - A cat sitting on the street.

In addition to temperature, red leaves are influenced by many factors include sunlight, soil condition and rainfall.

Image 05 - Tree with red leaves.

Love to observe red foliage during fall season to early winter in our areas.

Image 06 - Closer look at Marple tree. 

How about weather in your areas?

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Wednesday 14 February 2024

A Fox Crossing the Street at Neighborhood Recently - Nature 123

When drive our car, we saw a fox passing our car at one of our neighborhood corners just few days ago. 

Image 01 - A fox from a distance.

Actually, our first respond that "oh, look is that fox?." Then, we had to circle around to check it out.

We hardly seeing a fox around, and they are smaller than you might imagine. From several readings (please Google it), reminding us that foxes are generally not going to harm us humans and our pets. 

No, the foxes are not harmful to our lovely pets (dogs or cats) as they are about the same sizes. Many of our neighbors believe that the coyotes that we would have to worry about.

Image 02 - A dog, just for illustration.

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Image 03 - Flowers, just illustration.

One neighbor found one fox laying on the ground in the grass beside her dog. Both seemed totally relaxed. 

Image 04 - A little Kitty, could be attacked by Fox.

So, let them be and allow them to live in nature without human intervention. Interesting sight for the night though.  

Image 05 - A plant with red flowers, illustration.

Leave the fox and her kits alone. They are not hurting anything and will help keep the rodent population down.

Image 06 - A fox at yard, neighborhood. 

Have you seen foxes around your neighborhood?

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The Squirrel with two-toned fur - Nature 132

We have two previous postings about squirrels:  a little squirrel in her nest and four weeks old baby squirrel.  Image 01 - A squirrel with ...