Milkweed alert

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GeorgianBay1939
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Re: Milkweed alert
In reply to Old Listener, 3 months ago

Old Listener wrote:

Very nice close-ups of those bugs and their habitat.... including the Lion's Tooth. (Dent de Lion). I use Lion's Tooth when considering the topic of 2-4-D etc when talking with lawn manicurers.

I shot some more images using the mechanical shutter today. Got some more of the "flying crayfish":

Good news is that the marina owner chatted with me today and was very appreciative of my pointing out his Monarch Butterfly Garden. Lotsa small battles, eh?

Tom

Thanks for the Dent de Lion reference. I understand that black bears are quite fond of them. It amuses me to think of black bears as a biological control for weeds.

There are a number of flowers in California with the toothed petal ends (including some native Dent de Lions.) This flower was barely visible to the naked eye.

A tiny yellow flower seen on Table Mountain near Oroville, CA.

The moth pictures are quite fine. I'd guess that part of the attraction is that the moth is larger and bulkier than I expect for an insect.

It sounds as though the marina owner will take an interest in preserving his milkweed patch. That might lead him to a greater interest in nature that is farther away and visited less often. I think that people will be far more supportive of preserving the natural world if they have a personal connection to nature in their everyday lives. Abstract arguments for preserving nature are not likely to move people who have no personal reason to care.

I often see black bears eating dandelion leaves when they come out of winter hibernation.  Common wisdom is that they are clearing their gut of fur etc that they use as an intestinal plug while under hibernation.

Nice little flower. Petals remind me of coreopsis.

Your insightful comment: "I think that people will be far more supportive of preserving the natural world if they have a personal connection to nature in their everyday lives. Abstract arguments for preserving nature are not likely to move people who have no personal reason to care."

... reminds me of Lewis J Clark who used to take me mountaineering on Vancouver Island and the Interior of BC.  We used to fly fish in those cold mountain streams and lakes.  For about 10 years, until his passing, I had a lot next to his on Cowichan Lake .  Great photographer, amateur botanist and steward.

Every little bit helps, eh?

Tom

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