We have been raising monarch butterflies for a few years now. Initially we did it as a way to bring science and nature into a more accessible setting for our daughters. It has evolved to become an annual exercise in addition to our hope that we can have an impact on the population.
Spotted this little ant working in its wings. Nature is amazing. But, if it was me and I could fly, I wouldn’t be ripping off my wings.
The exhibit ends April 24, 2016, so there is still time to catch it.
If you can’t make it, here is a meditative video I made from some of the slow motion video I captured, as well as some pics from today. Enjoy!
The water scorpion according to Wikipedia is fairly widespread. This one is a member of the genus Nepa.
There are 14 genera in the family, in two subfamilies, Nepinae and Ranatrinae, and they can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Members of the genus Ranatra, the most widespread and speciose genus, are sometimes called needle bugs or water stick insects as they are more slender than Nepa and feed primarily on invertebrates, but occasionally take small fish or tadpoles. 1
I am thankful he was dead. I understand the bite they can inflict is quite painful.
- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_scorpion ↩