Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Rainbow Scarab Beetle

Looking at the rainbow scarab beetle one would'nt think it could fly. Like the bumblebee it looks aerodynamically impossible- like a volkswagon with wings. I've seen them take wing on several occasions and each time it appeared as if it were doing so for the very first time. Once it struggles and lifts itself off of the ground it goes wherever its shiny metallic wings and the breeze carry it. The other day I was sitting on the front porch at the camp updating my notebooks when one came barreling out of nowhere and ran smack into the side of my truck. With a loud thud it ricocheted and then headed straight into the side of the house bouncing once again and then crashing to the ground. It stumbled around as if in a daze and then struggled to once again become airborne just missing one of the front porch posts disappearing to wherever. They're beautifully decorated beetles and nice to look at, but they ain't got no business flyin'!

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Blogger Eagle Eye said...

I have a Robins' nest under my deck. She laid four eggs, one of which hatched four days ago. The other three have begun pipping off and on, but have not hatched yet. Also, the one that is hatched, is not making any noise, and is laying in the nest, breathing hard. His eyes are not yet open. Is there something wrong?

5:10 PM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Hard to tell if anything is wrong. Martins usually don't make much noise during their first week or so of life. Also with purple martins it takes about 8 days before they open their eyes.

Is there a way you can watch the nest from a distance (with binocs) to see how the hatched one reacts when the parents arrive? Usually they will stand straight up with their mouths agape expecting to be fed. I know when I do nest checks the nestlings will all open their mouths when I make any noise near them thinking the parents have arrived with food.

5:38 PM  

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