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Monthly Archives: June 2018

The herd made the move from Falling Sands Nature Area successfully this morning, crossing the service road and Hoo Brook bridge to access Hoo Brook Pasture; although, they were a bit slow to get going at first. As usual the move disturbed their rest period. I tried to get Waynetta the lead the herd, but she is too easily distracted by tasty morsels. Finally, Tulip picked up her hooves and ran for… Read More

Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found on lush bankside plants and floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found in or near pools, ponds, canals and quiet rivers with muddy bottoms located in open country.

The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is a multi-coloured Asian, or simply Asian ladybeetle, is a large coccinellid beetle. These beetles make use of pheromones to signal to each other, resulting the large gatherings often seen in the autumn. However, many aggregations use visual cues, both at long (picking out light-coloured structures that are distinct from their surroundings) and short (picking out pre-existing aggregations to join) distances, while nonvolatile long-chain hydrocarbons laid down… Read More

Adult garden chafers do not cause significant damage to the plants that they feed on. The larval grubs however, often cause yellow patches to appear on lawns where they are feeding on the roots. This can result in dead patches. A number of plants can also be damaged in this way. Large numbers of garden chafer grubs can occur within large lawns and amenity turf areas such as golf courses. Badgers and… Read More

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