It’s a little overcast this morning, but our natural pond is a hive of activity. So many colourful dragonflies, and their smaller cousins, damselflies. Every now and again there’s a ripple as a frog stretches its legs.
The bees and butterflies are loving the lavender surrounding the pool. We have never used any additives, chemicals, pumps or filters, it’s more or less as nature intended save for us planting the lilies.
#quimieuxquenous pratique le traitement non automatique ?☀️🐛🐦 #biodiversité#agriculture#agriculteur#agricultrice#durable#biodiversity#nature#planet#worldenvironmentday#fff#laprune
Tout le monde a en tête le slogan les antibiotiques, c’est pas automatique ; Ce slogan s’applique à merveille à l’utilisation de traitement de protection des vergers à l’heure actuelle.
A l’heure actuelle, les conduites de verger sont beaucoup plus diversifiés et font appel, à une palette très large de solutions au quotidien pour ne traiter qu’en dernier recours.
Ainsi, de systèmes de lutte systématique avec l’utilisation de produits de protection des vergers ; les pruniculteurs ont progressivement intégré dans leurs pratiques les principes de l’agriculture raisonnée avec une optimisation de leurs usages. De multiples outils d’aide à la décision ont ainsi été mis en place par les techniciens de suivi des vergers, permettant de créer des seuils d’alertes de nuisibilité économique et une gestion la plus optimale possible du traitement.
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A close up of the introduced 🔬Veronica persica.
This plant does well in disturbed high nutrient soils, unlikely to become a problem in natural areas due to it's nutrient preferences. If it was a problem in small numbers, hand weeding the plants can be effective with immediate coverage of sugarcane mulch...a technique that may only be necessary once for this species and other exotic annual like weeds for a very long period of time. If the numbers are great and time is limited & there is an itch for a herbicide...I always choose ones that are certified #organic thus fully #biodegradable and non-threatening to ones long term #health and the environment in which we depend on...I have had great results with the organic herbicide Slasher on this species....though at least 3 hits might be needed.
Whilst the plant is weedy in the garden situation it has edible and medicinal properties which could be researched further by you... the reader... before fully eliminating it out of your garden. In a time when much more efficient and sustainable farming techniques are needed, correctly managing and controlling weedy edible plants in the #garden will only be advantageous on many fronts... .
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Met this species of mushroom in the forest and after searching about it I came to know this is called Pholiota aurivella which is a species of fungus in the family Strophariaceae that is found in native forest of New Zealand and in the United States(but I found this at Mehrudi , Bageshwar, uttarakhand). It is frequently found in the American West and Southwest, especially in late Summer and Fall. Some books list it as edible, but David Arora lists its edibility as "to be avoided." It is sticky or slimy when moist and grows in clusters on live or dead trees.
As we begin another week, here's a reminder from @david_attenborough to us all, the only way to save planet #Earth is simply not to waste.
Do not waste water.
Do not waste food.
Do not waste power or energy.
Do not waste clothing.
Video credit @worldeconomicforum
Estirada sota el vell faig, protegida de la calor, escolto el pit-roig molt enfeinat. Les capçades amaguen un món i quan més em fixo amb el gran faig, m'adono de les formes capcioses de les branques, algunes foses amb les altres.
#EducacioAmbiental 🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗 __________________________________________ #Activat amb la #Natura #Moute amb l' #Esport #Viu el batec salvatge
Stormy the very lost, lonely Storm Petrel evicts a Land Crab from the now empty CahowCam burrow on Nonsuch Island. He should be nesting hundreds if not thousands of miles away but for the past 3 years has been returning to #Bermuda to build a nest and try to attract a mate. This season he returned several weeks early and shared the nest with the resident Cahow pair and their very patient chick which he turned his attentions to, much to the bewilderment of scientists and viewers around the world. There are other Storm Petrels in the Sargasso Sea around Bermuda so there is a chance that he may eventually attract a mate, so good luck Stormy!
The lovely ladies at @she.summits.trailrunning have asked me to co-host a guided run-chat in and around the trails of Glendalough. If you want to try running on trails while learning a bit about the beautiful environment around us, sign up! I'm nice and slow, don't worry, and the #summitsisters will make sure we don't get lost! 🏃🏼♀️🐦🐾🌸 WARNING: there may be talk of badger pooh! https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bio-diversity-run-chat-with-dr-aoibheann-gaughran-tickets-65897849241
Eucalyptus Longhorned Borers spotted near the Medjerda rives. 🏞
The Phoracantha semipunctata has rapidly spread in the Mediterranean basin due to substandard soil quality, watershortage, degrading situation of plantations, and also due to its significant dispersal capacity.
This beetle was first discovered in Tunisia 🇹🇳 in 1963, then it has spread throughout the country within 4 years, and few years later it was spotted in Algeria, in an area near Tunisia. And ever since, it has caused severe damage to the plantations. 🌳🌿 #eucalyptuslonghornedborer#borerbeetle#natureforall
BIODIVERSITY | 🦗🦋🦁 Now you see me, now you don’t !
Animals don’t want predators to notice them. This is no easy task, because often a striking colour combination is exactly the way to increase their mating chances. It’s a matter of balance. Some animals make use of camouflage. This way, they blend in with their environment and remain hidden from predators.
The stick insect, praying mantis, and leaf butterfly are barely distinguishable from real branches or leaves. But looking like your environment is certainly not the only way to hide. Some butterflies, for example, have transparent wings which make them virtually invisible. Predators also use camouflage to stalk their prey unnoticed.
Praying mantis by Zoran Ozetski on Unsplash
Hyena by Jonas Van de Voorde
Lion by Lisa H on Unsplash
Dead leaf butterfly by Swallowtail Garden Seeds/flickr
C'è un luogo dove la biodiversità è diventata progetto locale. Un modo originale di intendere le viticoltura ed il turismo. Ecco a voi la nuova puntata di Girovagando in Trentino alla scoperta della Valle dei Laghi, patria del turismo del vino.
There's a place where biodiversity has become a local project. An original way to introduce viticulture and tourism. Here you have the new TV episode of Girovagando in Trentino to discover the Valle dei Laghi, homeland of wine tourism.
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Magical miniature gardens of Lichens .... teach us much about reciprocal relationships - they are composed of two different species fungus & algae, living together in a symbiotic relationship where the fungus is dominant. The algae are either green algae or blue-green algae & produce carbohydrates through photosynthesis which is food for the fungus, while the fungus physically protects the algae & provides it with moisture. Lichens can live almost everywhere from the polar regions to the tropics but most of all need clean air & as they trap everything in the atmosphere, they are susceptible to air pollution... besides having beautiful colours & patterns, most lichens help our ecosystem by creating soil & fixing nitrogen from the air to the earth where plants can use it... 🌿
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied.😔Share this Post and raise awareness.🗣
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In 1954, J.I. Rodale said, “Organics is not a fad.” 65 years later, he’s proven right. Learn more about organic practices here: www.onlyorganic.org/organic-practices - link in bio.
Meet Passiflora boenderi, a charismatic vine endemic to a small region of Costa Rica. There is a lot to look at on this species. The flowers themselves are some of the smallest in the genus. They pack in all of the detail of a larger passion flower, just in miniature. The leaves are quite stunning as well.
The genus Passiflora is part of an intense evolutionary arms race with a genus of butterfly known as Heliconius. Their caterpillars feed on the foliage of passion flowers and they have serious apetites. In response to the pressures of Heliconius herbivory, Passiflora have evolved a variety of means that help them to avoid the attention of gravid female butterflies. The orange spots on the leaves of Passiflora boenderi are one such adaptation and they serve a dual function.
The first is a visual deterrent. Female Heliconius prefer to lay their eggs on caterpillar-free leaves. This makes sense. Why bother laying eggs where there will be ample competition for food. The spots mimic, both in size and shape, the appearance of Heliconius eggs. A female looking for a spot to lay will see these spots and move on to another plant. In addition to the visual mimicry, these spots also secrete nectar. The energy-rich nectar inevitably attracts ants, which viciously defend them as a food source. If a caterpillar (or any other herbivore fore that matter) were to start munching on the leaves, the ants quickly drive them off.
Because of its limited range, P. boebderi is under threat of extinction. Habitat destruction of its lowland habitat for palm oil, pineapples, and vacation resorts is an ongoing threat to the long term survival of this species and many others. I was fortunate enough to have encountered this plant growing at @mobotgarden but I fear that if we keep on doing what we humans are so good at, botanical gardens may be the only place this species will be found growing in the not too distant future.