Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
A slow death was in store for this Tomato Hornworm. According to information from David L. Wagner's Caterpillars of Eastern North America, "Caterpillars are attacked by a braconid wasp (Cotesia congregata) that lays dozens of eggs within each larva. When fully mature each wasp larva tunnels to the outside of the caterpillar's body and spins a whitish cocoon. The host caterpillar is doomed, consigned to a slow death that may not follow for weeks."
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am continually amazed at my ignorance. I had no idea that there were so many kinds of Katydids!
Meanwhile, I think this is an angle-wing katydid called the Greater Angle-wing (Microcentrum rhombiflollium). What do you think?
Below are two more views of the same insect:
Friday, August 03, 2007
Today, as I was walking along a woodland trail in the Royal Botanical Gardens in nearby Hamilton, I heard a voice from high above. It was a tree trimmer who was complaining about the heat during her climb. The two men below had no sympathy for her as she had claimed the right to climb this tall oak to use a chainsaw and cut off dead limbs. I just stood back, way back, and took a few photos. I would not have liked to be that far up a tree and certainly not with a saw. I don't like chainsaws much even on the ground.