Saturday, April 21, 2012

Membracid and Ant

Membracid and Ant by pdecell
Membracid and Ant, a photo by pdecell on Flickr.

Ants often harvest honeydew from membracids. I am not sure if that is what had been going on here though. I spotted the membracid first and the ant wandered into my field of view.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Siberian Irises

These Siberian Irises are blooming along a walk way at my school. They are a couple of weeks early but not as early as some plants on my campus in Kansas. Our cherry trees were done blooming in mid March though they normally bloom in early May.

Speaking of global warming.

It is official. This March was the warmest march on record in the United States.

Global warming deniers will of course point out that one can not prove that the extreme temperatures in March are due to global warming. And they can probably find some way to spin the fact that globally this March was only the  13th warmest on record.

By the way, this red bud tree was in full bloom April 2nd and the temperature? 87 degrees F. Pretty extreme-even for Kansas.