Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nature Notes: Balcony

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My balcony this year has a lot of herbs. This is lavender

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and here's some kind of salve (Salvia spec.), not the kind you can eat though. But the bumblebees love the flowers and those of the lavender.
I also grow salve (Salvia officinalis)for cooking or tea and spearmint for tea and insects enjoy their flowers very much as well. If you want to do something for solitary bees and wasps (who do not sting!), then build an insect hotel - a bunch of hollow twigs from an elder bush, dried and hung up somewhere is enough to attract many species.

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spearmint, not yet in bloom

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Here's my pitcher plant that I thought I had killed after I let the pot dry out during the winter. But it came back anyway. I also grow raspberries this year, but they'll probably not bear fruit until next year.

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and here's the squirrel that comes around to pick up the walnuts I leave out for it. Its winter fur is much thicker, the tail is bushier and it will grow tufts of fur on its ears when it gets cold again.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nature Notes: Chinese Crocodile Lizard

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Chinese Crocodile Lizards (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) are native to a few small parts of China and Vietnam. They absolutely love water and spend much of their time in the water or in vegetation close to water. They feed on insects and other invertebrates and hunt for prey both in the water and on land.

There are less than 1000 individuals left in the wild (about 800 in 2008).

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Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle over at Rambling Woods

Photos were taken at Leipzig Zoo.

Source:
Wikipedia, German and English

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nature Notes: Maned Wolf

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A Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), native to South America where it lives in open grasslands where the long legs come in very handy. It's a loner for most of the year and even if a pair owns a territory together, they rarely meet outside of the mating season. Maned wolfs feed on small mammals and birds,but will also take fruit. They hunt a lot like cats, sneaking up to their prey and then catching it with a quick jump.

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Photos were taken at Zoo Leipzig.

Source: Wikipedia, German and English

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods