Welcome to Bronx Bugs! A blog for Urban Naturalists! I would like to begin including photos of Birds and hopefully some info on Bats.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Random Bee Pics, from the back yard - Click To Enlarge -
Carpenter Bee, on Pink Sedum - (Friendly)
(2) Honey Bees, on Sedum - (Mostly friendly, only get mad if you're near their hive)
Pic above & below: A Leafcutter Bee, on the Sweet Pea flower I planted (last year). Cute, wide head! (Friendly) - Pic below shows the characteristic lifting of their pollen-carrying butts! (Abdomen, actually) -
Welcome to Bronx Bugs! A blog for Urban Naturalists!
Hi, I'm Al and I like to think of myself as an Urban Naturalist. I'm always determined to find natural beauty, and especially interesting creatures in my own urban backyard. It's not easy being a naturalist while living in an urban environment. Sure, it's easy for folks who live in the suburbs, and especially rural areas - but discovering wildlife in urban surroundings is a real challenge. It requires lots of patience. Take songbirds, for instance: Spotting a Golden Crowned Kinglet may not be a big deal for people living in well landscaped areas, but it should be considered a rare find in the urban area of Bronx, NY. Other examples include: Dragonflies, Warblers, Racoons, Skunks, 6 species of Bats, and various Butterflies & Moths. I enjoy birding, recording ultrasounds from local bats at night, and taking telephoto pics of different wildlife right from my back window. I've made loads of recordings of the ultrasonic calls of the bats in the area at night - simply by setting up various bat detectors and recording devices on my back windows in the evenings - My latest obsession: Moths! An awesome, one-of-a-kind book on this subject, that I highly recommend is: 'Discovering Moths' by John Himmelman
Hopefully, other "Urban Naturalists" will find this Blog interesting.