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While people in Sarnia were taking cover from a deluge, Young Nats were enjoying the balmy weather and NO rain at the Moore Habitat Management Area.

Mike Kent went over the safety rules first and talked to us about ticks, how to protect ourselves and how to remove them if we found one. He also went over the importance of tick checks during and after our walk.

Mike also told us about the free Ontario Nature phone App The Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas App available on both Google Play and iTunes. It also lets you report sightings, like the Blue-Spotted Salamander we saw!

 

We also saw a HUGE wolf spider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebony jewelwing damselfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Young Nats even let Mike put one on her nose before it flew away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another lucky boy got to learn how to safely hold one.

We also saw centipedes, millipedes, potato bugs, lightning bugs, clubtail dragonfly and even a small crayfish.

 

What a fun day…can’t wait to see what we are doing next!

Hint…. July 8th– What’s all the Buzz About?

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.

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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…)