Butterflies belong to the order “lepidoptera”. Their suborder is rhoplocera and within it are two superfamilies-papilionoidea (true butterflies) and hesperioidea (skippers).
Worldwide there are about 14,500 species of butterflies. In North America, north of the Rio Grande, there are 717 species. In Lambton County, there are 75 to 80 species.
The life cycle of a butterfly is amazing. It consists of four stages of development: egg, caterpillar, and adult. The process of changing from one form to another is called “metamorphosis”. (more…)
Spring has arrived and many of our flights of fancy have turned to the skies and the colorful migrants which are slowly making their way north through Sarnia. When many people think of spring birding, journeys to the legendary Long Point and Point Pelee often come to mind. Although these places are brilliant for birding, you do not have to travel so far to see the wonders of spring migration. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the city. Canatara Park is a terrific spot to watch birds. (more…)
Lazy, hazy days of summer often mean ozone pollution.
It’s summer, and the days are hot and hazy. These conditions are ideal for the formation of ozone in the atmosphere. Unlike most other air pollutants, ozone is actually made by the action of sunlight on hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, and oxygen in the atmosphere. (more…)
The first hint that there’s something up there generally comes at 3 a.m. when you wake up suddenly to the sound of thumps, scratches, rattles and bangs just above your bedroom ceiling. A quick check outside at dawn’s first light will probably reveal a pushed-up piece of siding or perhaps a hole in the roof where you used to have a ventilator. Raccoons are amazingly strong. (more…)
Do female praying mantises really eat their partner while mating? This is one of the most fascinating claims in the often bizarre world of insects.
It goes like this: During mating, the female praying mantis starts to eat her partner, beginning at the head and working her way down. Losing his head does not stop the male as reflexes allow him to finish his life purpose before the rest of his body is consumed. (more…)
Lambton Wildlife’s 25-acre Mandaumin Woods is waiting for you. It is located 14.5 kilometres east of Sarnia on Mandaumin Sideroad, 1.6 kilometres south of Confederation Street on the west side of the road – (It’s the square piece of forest on the left side of Mandaumin Road in the Google Map below).
The woodlot is a wonderful place to take a quiet walk, birdwatch, or botanize. Over 44 species of birds have been seen in or from the woodlot, from the lowly starling to the beautiful scarlet tanager. The greatest numbers are usually seen during the spring migration. As well, almost a dozen species have nested on the property, enabling the visitor to see several species throughout the summer. (more…)
What is the fastest-growing leisure activity? Canoeing? Tennis? Shuffleboard?
No, the fastest-growing hobby is bird watching (or ‘birding’ as we who are hooked prefer to call it).
Most often, interest in birding begins with putting seeds out for the winter birds. Once you recognize that several species come to your feeder, you buy a book to help identify them. (more…)
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