nature biology

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Hoary mountainmint (Pycnanthemum incanum), mountain mint, wild basil or hoary basil, is a herbaceous perennial in the mint family. It is listed as an endangered species in Vermont and New Hampshire, and in Ontario where there are only two remaining populations located within a single stretch of oak savanna near Burlington.

The bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list.

 Please:

  • Go plant an organic flower native to wherever you are
  • Leave your “weeds” alone they probably aren’t hurting anything
  • Stop using/buying Roundup and all other insecticides, herbicides, pesticides. 
  • If you have a bee problem (which almost never happens) call a local beekeeper! They will remove them safely free of charge
  • Bumblebees usually nest underground and just wanna be left alone! They won’t hurt you. To prevent destroying their habit during hibernation, avoid mowing yards until April or May. If you do mow, raise the blades to the highest setting

Please save my fat clumsy fuzzy friends I love them and they’re very good pollinators.

Mauritius ornate day gecko (Phelsuma ornata)

Mauritius ornate day gecko is a diurnal species of geckos. It occurs on the island Mauritius and some surrounding islands and typically inhabits different trees and bushes. The Mauritius ornate day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. This Gecko is one of the smallest day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 12 cm. The body colour is quite variable. It can be bluish green, green with a blue area on the front back, or completely blue.

photo credits: S Molteno

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Puya berteroana or Turquoise Puya is a terrestrial Bromeliad from the mountains of Chile.  It forms a rosette of silvery-green leaves about 3-4 feet tall and wide.  Over the years, it forms a large colony of pups. The leaves are spiny, but the flower stalks themselves are soft, and the blossoms are silky-smooth.  Birds like to sit on the outward-pointing tips and drink the nectar out of the blooms.