Female Sweat Bee - Lasioglossum (Dialictus) - A Social Bee.
Horrible to Look At - Poor Precious Squirrel - 9/19/14
Precious Poor Baby - Squirrel Has Been Around Since 2007
He has a tail like we've seen on no other - with a little standup wave at the end. I was concerned it had cancer and emailed the photos to The Wildlife Center nearby. I was relieved to find out that she had a case of the warbles. which are a type of bot fly. They make the squirrel very uncomfortable and they kinda go crazy rolling on the ground or jumping in the air. There is no threat to humans or pets from the larvae itself or the affected animals. Most of the time squirrels that have warbles recover fairly quickly in a matter of days after they've departed. In summer the fly lays its eggs near a nest or on a tree limb and the squirrel comes into contact with them. When it grooms itself, the body heat and moisture causes the eggs to hatch and the larvae then penetrate the squirrel and migrate to a comfortable spot just below the skin where they cut a breathing hole and continue their development. Once the larvae emerges in the Fall they drop to the ground to pupate until next summer. The squirrel generally recovers without further incident. In gray squirrels, the larvae are most abundant in the late summer and early fall (photo taken 9/18). Update photos taken 6 weeks later on 10/29.
Mama Love Deer at the Pond
Looking much better weight wise after the severe frigid winter we had.