With these unusually cool nights it’s great fun to see what’s going on outside. Find out what’s walking through your yard by using cooking flour. I dust it across the sidewalk or pour it thick enough that it covers vegetation and animals can easily leave footprints. It’s amazing what uses our yards.
This time of year is a great time to look at night insects too. Shine a bright lite on a white piece of cloth and wait. You’ll attract countless beautiful moths and other insects. If you’re really lucky, you might even get the Eastern Hercules Beetle.
The Eastern Hercules Beetle, a type of scarab beetle can grow up to two and a half inches long. The male sports a horn used to fight with other males. Larvae look like most beetle larvae, whitish with a darker head. They spend their time feeding and are most often found in decaying wood. It can take two or three years for them to reach adulthood. Adults are sometimes seen on trees feeding off of sap seeping from wounds. Like fingerprints, spots on each insect are unique. They are definitely an amazing creature!
I enjoy hearing about your sightings! What are you seeing this August?