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Monarch Update – March 2016

Monarch Update – March 2016

 

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Photo Courtesy of John Roberts

 

John Roberts gives an update on the plantings around Lake Judy and interesting information regarding the Monarch Butterfly.  Click here to read more…

 

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

 

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Photo Courtesy of Betty Salter

 

Unfortunately, the population of this beautiful butterfly is declining rapidly.  The plight of the Monarch Butterfly is so serious that in February 2015 the Federal Government allocated money in an effort to save this special species.  Cary Salter wrote an excellent article about Monarchs and included some beautiful photos.   Read more about the Monarch Butterfly…

 

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Pesky Pests

Pesky Pests

 

I have uploaded another interesting article written by Linda Adams on some of Florida’s pesky pests like the fire ant, love bug and mosquito.  Read more about these pesky pests…

 

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Another Honey Bee Rescue

Another Honey Bee Rescue

©Darlene B. Durham 2014

 

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Honey Bees on a Wood Barrel
Photo Courtesy of Sandy Juba

 

On August 28, Sandy Juba and bee expert, Kim Powell, went to Peter and Linda Batchelar’s house on Harmony Lane to remove honey bees which had taken up residency on a wood barrel.  Kim relocated the bees to his farm and they will continue their life’s work of pollinating.

We have an article on this website about the importance of honey bees as pollinators which you can access by clicking here.  The article also has photos of the bee rescue on Sunset from earlier this summer.

Thank you Peter and Linda for choosing to have the bees relocated so they can continue their important pollination work instead of having them exterminated!

 

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Honey Bees

 Honey Bees

 

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Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham

 

Honey bees are essential for our ecosystem.  They are valuable pollinators of many flowers, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Unfortunately, the honey bee population is declining at an alarming rate.  Recently President Obama announced a multi-agency task force to address the decline of the honey bee and other pollinators.

We have honey bees at TGO and sometimes they decide to make their home in or near our homes.  The photo above of a bee covered birdhouse was taken on Sunset Drive at Dude and Pat Peel’s house.  If you see a colony of honey bees, please do not call an exterminator who will kill the honey bees.  Call Sandy Juba (her phone number is in the TGO phone directory) or click on one of the “Contact Us” e-mail links on the right sidebar and I’ll get the message to her.  She will contact a beekeeper who will relocate the bees where they can continue their important work of pollinating.

For the colony of bees on Sunset, Sandy called beekeeper Kim Powell to remove the birdhouse of bees.  Thank you Dude and Pat Peel for choosing the no kill option!   Read more about the honey bee and see photos of the removal of the bees shown in the above photo…

 

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