Mad Science is making an appearance at the MCPL Weston Branch on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00am. Discover how butterflies begin life as caterpillars, how butterflies eat, and many other fun and fascinating butterfly facts. After the program, visit Weston’s own butterfly garden. Located north of the West Platte School Track, the garden was created by the 2nd graders at West Platte Elementary school.
Getting ready to put my flower pots away for winter, I spotted a strange looking brownish, blackish bug with a cog-like gear on its back sitting on the rim of my flower pot. I tried to coax it onto a stick so I could get a better look at it, and remove it from the flower pot.
On a recent Saturday, just before the library opened, we noticed an unusual visitor expectantly waiting outside our doors (pictured above). Whether weary from a long travel or attempting to sleep in, the visitor stayed for some time, even after the front doors were opened. Uncertain of its identity, I was able to search our research databases on this quest. With a little effort and with the help of our link to Amazing Animals of the World, I learned our visitor was an imperial moth.
With summer already half-spent, it is time to consider whether each of us is enjoying the best that summer has to offer. Of all the things that come to mind for me, I would be remiss if I didn't mention viewing the local wildlife that Missouri has to offer. A simple trip to my backyard provides me a new appreciation of life, as I spy butterflies visiting my flowerbeds or taking a sip from my pond. The season to enjoy these ethereal creatures is short, so I encourage you to take time to enjoy them.
Have you heard the word? Bugs! They're coming to a location near you. Are you ready for the bugs? When we have had a mild winter, it is not uncommon for there to be more bugs than usual. MCPL has books that can help you control insects in an earth-safe way.
Since this past winter was so warm, I have been expecting a lot of bugs this summer. So have many other gardeners I have talked to. I am trying to use organic methods to keep them out of my garden this year. I have plenty of birds in the yard, so they will help quite a bit. I also planted marigolds around the edges of my vegetable garden to help deter the bugs. I have also noticed a lot of ladybugs crawling around the yard and have spotted a couple of praying mantises, too. These two insects are voracious eaters of other (mostly harmful) insects.