My Favorite Insects

I thought it might be fun to introduce you to the weird world of my favorite insects.

These insects really give me an appreciation of our beautiful Earth and really create a sense of wonder in me and that drives me to keep on doing my job. Working hard to rehabilitate and rescue animals.

Luna Moth

Luna Moth.
This moth lives in North America. They are usually found in forested areas. Southern Canada has seen some. These are large green moths with long tails. They have eye spots on both the fore and hind wings. You could plant broad leaf host plants if you wish to try and attract these beauties to your yard. White birch is a good host in the north and most lunas like walnut in the south. They can make clicking noises with their mandibles to ward of predators.

Puss Caterpillar

Puss Caterpillar.
This caterpillar got its name because of its furry hairdo. It’s like a furry kitten but you don’t want to pet it because it’s toxic. These are found in southeastern United States. The venomous tubes on it are hollow with the base equipped with the venom gland. The bigger the caterpillar, the worse the sting. The sting can look like red bumps just like the caterpillar. Florida has actually sent out warnings to citizens to watch out for this toxic caterpillar.

Orchid Mantis

Orchid Mantis.
Of course this mantis looks like an orchid. They are ruthless killers. They wait for prey, looking like a pretty flower petal and then strike. Their habitat is in the Asian rain forest. They can turn brown if their environment requires it. These mantis help attract pollinators to the flower also.

Walking sticks

Walking sticks.
These of course look like walking sticks. I met these amazing creatures in my youth. Every time I encountered one when I was younger, I got so excited. I loved these majestic creatures crawling on me. Species are found all over the world, except Antarctica and Patagonia. They rock back and forth swaying like branches of the trees.

 

Check out my favorite insects.

There’s many more beauties to explore and I encourage you to do so.

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Amazon Microbes

There is more biodiversity of microbes in a handful of soil of the amazon then there is in the animal community.

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Have you heard this?

Its common knowledge in my field.

Leonardo Da Vinci said 500 years ago, which still holds true, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

There can be 10,000 to 50,000 species of microbes in a single teaspoon of soil. In the same teaspoon there are more microbes then there are people on Earth. You may hear of all the animals disappearing in the Amazon due to deforestation, but the microbes are disappearing as well.

Scientists believe that microbes that could help our human health could already be extinct. Our bodies have around three pounds of microbes on them. They help us in many ways, just like the microbes help the plant world.

Our gut microbes help us digest food.

Without these microbes we develop autoimmune diseases. Bacteria and fungi serve at the “stomachs” of plants.

Through this symbolic relationship, they provide nutrients of the cells of the plants roots.

Researchers believe that some of these microbes can help us with our digestion.

Also studying these microbes could help us in our own gardens.

We could get healthier more productive plants in a more natural way. These microbes not only help with our and a plants digestion but also our immune systems.

Microbes can produce chemicals that can ward off pests. They can act as an early warning system to the plant, letting it know there are predators around and the plant can use its natural defense mechanisms too.

A study showed that diseased tomato plants use their underground network of mycorrhizal filaments to warn other healthy tomato plants and they can activate their defenses before being attacked.

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As Micheal Pollan said, “Some researchers believe that the alarming increase in autoimmune diseases in the West may own to a disruption in the ancient relationship between our bodies and their ‘old friends’—the microbial symbiotic with whom we co-evolved.”

Micheal Pollan

I hope I’ve peaked your interest in our microbial friends of the Amazon.

All creatures big and microscopic deserve our respect and their rightful place in our ecosystem.

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Changing Our Everyday Lives For Wildlife

I’ve always loved animals and rescuing them and rehabilitating them.

As I grew older and got more into the field, I realized how my everyday choices impacted these very animals I was helping.

Throughout this blog I’m going to talk about some common rescues that come into us and what I’ve changed about my everyday life to help the animals.

I’ve switched over to glass straws or no straws at all.

Recently there was a sea turtle that came in and had a straw stuck in its nose. A terrible ordeal, which impacted me greatly. I felt this turtle’s pain. There’s roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic and trash in our oceans. I’ve started taking no to straws. I also found some really great glass straws. I like having them for my smoothies.

The coldness bothers my teeth so the glass straws are a perfect alternative.

Our Bald Eagles are dying from being poisoned by lead.

This lead comes from bullets from hunters. The eagles are ingesting fragments of these bullets in animals not yet found by the hunters or from the leftover insides from field dressing. I don’t personally hunt but have many family members that do.

For them it’s a way of life.

They respect nature and animals and hunt responsibly and use every piece of the animal. At a recent family gathering, I told them of the eagle problem and encouraged them to not use lead bullets and bury their field dressings. Taking these two steps will help our eagles from being poisoned.

The easiest change I’ve made to help the animals that I see coming in is changing to cloth reusable bags.

Plastic bags make it to our oceans and animals are ingesting it thinking its jellyfish or other food. The plastic bags are obstructing their digestive tracts and essentially starving the animal. I’ve sewn cloth bags out of my old tee-shirts and bought bags at the grocery store.

I keep them in my car so I never forget them.

These are just three simple ways to help save the animals.

Its really costing our wildlife so much. It’s costing us too.

We need these animals for a healthy ecosystem, which we are a part of.

Will you try one of these today?