Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It is little surprise that we seem to have a lot of wasps about in the late summer. There were at least three of these beautifully constructed wasp's nests in our attic. No bats thank goodness. And the martins returned today although after a brief reconnaissance of the old nest site they didn't stay.
Lords and Ladies (aka cuckoo pint and other scurrilous names ) in flower. Almost all have the tip of the spadix eaten away. Wiki states that many small rodents appear to find the spadix particularly attractive and it is common to find examples of the plant with much of the spadix eaten away. The spadix has a distinctive, unpleasant smell, and manages to generate a lot of heat (up to 15 degrees C above ambient temperature) and it may be this that attracts mice etc.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
link. This occurs at a deep metabolic level and may help us to understand the way genes control growth and development... of such simple things are advances made.