Yucca is a fitting name I’ve always thought. Yuccas have never been my favorite plant with their spiked leaves and awkward stalk with milky, droopy, waxy flowers. You know who loves the Yucca though? The Yucca Moth. In fact it is mutual. This moth deliberately transfers pollen from one plant to another and lays an egg in the flower at the same time. The moth larva then eat the seeds (but not all so new plants can grow). What a nice condo complex for these moth babies! Both plant and moth clearly benefit from this symbiotic relationship.
Yucca leaves have a low ignition temperature when dried so you can use them to start a friction fire.
We have been seeing them in bloom all over lately along with lots of Daylilies.
Attempting a stunt like that is one of my worst nightmares. I am pretty sure I am not alone but for these circus ants, ain’t no big deal.
I spy highwire ants! They cross Grand Canyon size expanses as part of a typical day. They seem to defy gravity. Actually ants are such great climbers thanks to their six legs each with a hooked claw at the end.
Red on red or stop on stop is my latest I SPY. This fun one really caught my eye but also got me thinking. I wonder if birds have their own safety system in the sky. Do they have air traffic controllers? Who has the right of way? I don’t think they collide very often. I wonder how they manage that. Maybe we should ask.
These are Red-breasted Mergansers on a Cape Cod layover headed north for the summer. The ones with the black heads are the males. They were constantly diving below for fish! I was a little too far away for video so enjoy my slideshow set to Brokenhearted by Karim (trying not to put anyone to sleep)…
I see this nest when I drop my daughter off at school in the morning. I originally thought it was a crows nest because I first saw it in the fall and there were crows in it. Now I know after a year and a half of making my drop that it is actually an Osprey nest and the Osprey evict the loitering crows every spring. This grand spot is on top of an old school. The school I went to in fact. After years of being abandoned and neglected it is now under construction and being turned into apartments. A couple weeks ago I noticed the nest was gone after a new roof appeared. I was wondering what the Osprey would do and sure enough they rebuild! That is their spot after all.
Can you spot the House Sparrows hanging out on the nest? Are they groupies?