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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ladybird Beetles (Conccinellidae Magnifica)

The Ladybird beetle is common in the United States and world, I added the little bug because it's beautiful not only to the US and the World, but Alabama. The little bug is a great addition to gardens but not homes because they eat pesky bugs from plants that need them. Some plants you grow in your garden need lady bugs to eat the bugs on the leaves and branches. Some garden centers sell Ladybird beetles for gardeners to eat bugs, but other places don't need the little button type bugs. Eventhough I call Ladybird beetles bugs, they aren't true bugs by a Entomologist, true bugs being (Hemiptera). They are found in woody areas near grassy places. They are very beautiful and come in colors like yellow, orange and a reddish orange with one to many spots per each wing. There are many resources online to find out more about Ladybird beetles because they are a common subject among gardeners and individuals wanting to get them out of their house because they burrow and nest in wooden places. If you would like to know some great places to visit follow me here:

 National Geographic LadyBird Beetles
Wikipedia Ladybird Beetles
 University of Florida Extension Ladybird Beetles

Saturday, July 20, 2013

lost pictures from phone

butterfly pea vine

morning glory blossom

beauty berries

oxeye daisies

 
moring glory

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Painted Turtle

I was wondering what to write about this morning. I had noticed that my last blog had a tail end error which was about Cooper's Hawk. Since Cooper's Hawk was a predator, then I thought I would write about a victim which would not be one of the Cooper's Hawk.  I remembered a beautiful turtle on the tail end of my property cornering another person's. The turtle had stripes on him like a Eastern Painted Turtle.

      Eastern Painted Turtles are relatively water turtles. They are very numerous throughout the Southeastern states in Mississippi and Alabama. The Turtle is mostly painted up in yellows, reds and black. Their shells are yellow bordered with darker colors and underneath the shell, they are yellow. The turtle doesn't get large as many water turtles do. They get about 9 to 10 inches large.

     Eastern Painted Turtles love chowing down on food like Water lilies, dead fish matter, crayfish and other types of vegatation. They aren't much of hunters since they don't get too large. Their predators are usually canines, Possums, snakes, and other predators. Numerously, they raid nests more than they kill turtles themselves. The turtle will fight back; clawing biting and peeing on the predator to get it to release.
   
     The Eastern Painted Turtle isn't regarded as a turtle to keep as a pet unless you are an enthusiast who would take care of it and observe it on a regular basis. It's not one you would want to have as a pet for a child.


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_turtle

http://www.outdooralabama.com/watchable-wildlife/what/Reptiles/Turtles/pt.cfm

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cooper's Hawk

I saw a beautiful bird like this on a top an old poplar or sweetgum the other day. She was perched watching for a few minutes. First thing that run through my mind was to the right, a Cooper's Hawk.

Cooper's Hawks are medium sized predatorial birds. They prey on smaller birds like mourning doves, rock doves, and mocking birds. They also prey on small reptiles and mammals. The female is larger than the male. The birds usually mate and have monogamous relationships for life like other animals in the area.

There are many types of hawks in the area, but there are two that  are mostly known as "Chicken Hawks" and those are the Cooper's Hawks and the Red Tailed  Hawks.

I kept my notes really good this morning, but as I love company, I had to put them away. The first Cooper's Hawk was seen by Charles Lucien Bonaparte,  a French naturalist in 1828. Cooper was the name the bird underwent in a later time by a New York Naturalist William Cooper.who was the founder of the New York Lyceum of Natural History (later the New York Academy Of Sciences.

The breed of hawk would be great I believe to keep the citie's pidgeon populations down since they feed on doves and those types of species. In our environment, I see an overpopulation of insects and snakes. Perhaps, there should be more breeds here to take care those things. I love seeing my mourning doves and Rock doves and I don't want anything to eat them here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Scarlett Tanager

This is one of the prettiest birds in the state next to a few I have already mentioned. There were two outside D and A in Red Hill, Alabama before I went to the restaurant. The bird is as red as a cardinal but has  dark wings and tail feathers. The female is olive green and yellowish. The bird is in Passiformes order....

The bird sings a few phrases that's like a robin's song..according to the cornell site about birds I went to. The bird lives on berries and is higher in trees than most birds. I notice cardinals and other small birds usually venture lower..these are less seen because they are higher up in the trees.

If you would like to go further than this post... you might want to view the resources below. The picture of the male tanager is found at wikimedia commons which is creative commons.... that resource listing also is below.


All About Birds: Scarlet Tanager
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Scarlet_Tanager/id

Wikipedia: Scarlet Tanager
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_Tanager

Outdoor Alabama

http://www.outdooralabama.com/watchable-wildlife/what/Birds/passerines/Scarlett.cfm




Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Two Native Phone Photos

I don't have instagram that completely sends your photos straight from the internet, I just have an LG 500g that will take photos and send them to your email. I waited all day for this photo after I took a walk and found two beautiful tulips that had fallen from the tree. There are two huge ones behind our house. Tulip Poplars are east coast thrivers and they are great lumber trees. They grow quickly and they make nice furniture. The first picture is of a small grass flower that grows also through the Southeastern United States. It comes up along with the grass in March/April/May. They made a beautiful addition to the side of my home!