Category: Science

A Turtle Laying Eggs

Several years ago, my family and I found a female turtle laying eggs near a lake. My father took a video, and after that, I pretty much forgot about it. But now, that I’m older, I realize that we never figured out what species the turtle actually was – (We just assumed it was a red-eared slider, as it was one of the only turtles that the park had mentioned.)

We only managed to obtain a video of the backside of the turtle, as we did not want to interrupt or scare the turtle away by moving in front of it. It was harder to recognize as it was dusty, probably from climbing up to the shore and digging out a nest for the eggs. This video is only a snippet at the end of the whole ordeal, as we did not think to record it earlier. After finishing laying it’s eggs, it covered up the nests and wobbled back to the water.

(Don’t mind my brother’s voice in the background.)

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The Art of Dead Trees

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Do you feel disgusted by this image? Confused? Unhappy? Neutral?

Well, I for one, view this as a piece of art created by the Emerald Ash Borer larvae.

They chew through the bark, carving maze-like tunnels through the wood, heading for the inner phloem, cambium, and outer xylem. Then, they tunnel back for the outer layer of the trunk, and develop into pupae, and emerge as adults the following spring.

Once out of their chambers, they go to feed on the ash leaves in the trees canopy, and a week later, they mate. The female usually lives for around six weeks after emerging, and can lay from around 40-70 eggs, but on unique circumstances when they live for longer, they may lay more than 200 eggs. 

This species of insect has become a problem for South-western Ontario, after arriving in this new land aboard an Asian cargo ship. Once spreading, the invasive species started to kill off millions of the ash trees around the Michigan area. As it had no native predators in this environment, the insect has been a murderer on the loose with no police to chase him down.

In its native Asian territory, one of the Emerald Ash Borer’s predator is a few species of parasitoid wasps that specialize with the beetle’s very own larvae and eggs. As they play a part in restricting the population in Asia, three of their species have been newly introduced to North America, in hopes of tying down the invasive beetle. The native species of wasps also have shown an interest in parasitize the beetle, and are raising the hope of adaption, or integrating the new species into the ecosystem.

With hope, the artists can join our net of species, and join into our environment, and become a species that later generations see as their countries own.

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Backyard Butterflies

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An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visited my Honeysuckle vine in the corner of my backyard, a few weeks ago.

I bet most of you are thinking: What the heck is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail?

Well, it’s one of the most common butterflies of Canada. It belongs to the Swallowtail family, (which includes the Sea-Green Swallowtail, Old World Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, and many more). It’s Latin name is Papilio Glaucus, and it was one of the first butterflies to be described by the Europeans; by John White, an early colonist of Virginia.

The butterfly is widespread in the eastern US, and reaches in southern and eastern Ontario in Canada. It is also commonly confused with the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, though the Eastern can be separated by a row of yellow spots on the underside of its wings, as well as a strip of black on the inner margin of the hindwing.

Anyways, hoped you learned something. (I sure did!)

Toodles!~

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Freaky Insects

I have a washroom in my basement, right?

So, a while back, one of my family members went into that washroom, planning to take a shower, and found a centipede and a spider in the stall…

Anyways, they were very close to one another, so my family member tried to get them to fight.

This is sorta how it ended out-

(Sorry for the blurriness, tech problems.)

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Internet Surprises – Pony Creators

For all the my little pony lovers out there – this website is definitely for you!

So, I was doing what most people do in their free time nowadays – surfing the internet.

Out of pure curiosity, wondering how far the ‘brony fandom’ has went along by now, I searched up My Little Pony Creator.

And, out of the blue, popped out this website.

It was a deviantart post by an user called ‘generalzoi’.

When it loaded properly, there was a screen with the words ‘General Zoi’s Pony Creator.’

I pressed play, and all sorts of little adjustments showed up, allowing me to alter a dull red and purple pony. I played around a bit and:

Tada!

A brand new OC! (Which means Original Character, for all the people that don’t know)

There are so many options for each pony, and it’s overall amazing.

(I wonder how long General Zoi took making this… Wait, I probably don’t want to know.)

Anyways, I recommend this website to all you people!

– Ketsueki

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Robin Season

Hello!

I was in my backyard the other day, and I found a young robin stuck in one of the bushes.

I managed to take a few pictures of it before it ‘unstuck’ itself and flew away:

Here’s one:

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