Daily Archives: July 25, 2014

Regina Geoghan on Butterflies’ Importance

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Monarch Butterfly, by Regina Geoghan.

Regina Geoghan, a friend of this blog, has a dandy column on wildnewjersey.tv, about the importance of butterflies. Here’s a sample:

“They are much more than just a pretty face put on this earth to bring us joy when we see them in flight.

“More than 100 crops are dependent upon pollination to produce the food that we eat and it is estimated that 80 percent of them are pollinated by insects.

“While bees are the most efficient and productive pollinators, butterflies are also at the top of the list in terms of their contribution to the health of our environment and our food supply.”

The link is here. (Thanks, Regina!)

Cicada Killer @ DeKorte

Cicada Killers are big, awesome wasps that you just have to admire– unless, of course, you happen to be a Cicada.  These wasps are harmless to humans, so no worries.

The wasp above was photographed on our lunch hour, just past the Transco Trail in the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve.

The Cicada Killer stings a Cicada and paralyzes it, brings it to a burrow she has dug, and lays an egg on it. After the egg hatches, the larva feeds off the Cicada. Good times.

More on Cicada Killers here.