Who knew these were so prevalent and utterly amazing? I've stepped over and passed them by so many times in my life. They are even more popular near rivers and streams, how befitting? The buds are entertaining to watch as they dance in preparation and release the sticky sap known to have such amazing healing properties. Often referred to as "The balm of Gilead," I am taken aback at the thought of such gifts God has laid before us. It saddens me that we often take them for granted or don't appreciate the them and the many tokens of love that he has provided for us. Today I am reminded, you dont have to look far for miracles. All too often they are right under our nose. We just have to take the time to acknowledge and appreciate them!
Yes, I’m thirsty!! 💦💦💦 .
My #halfmarathon training is in full effect, and the #Toronto heat and humidity won’t budge, so my running coach @k19gallo has been emailing our group emphasizing one thing: “HYDRATION”. And I must say, I’ve been the best little runner in the group thanks to @sapsuckerh2o !! 💁🏽♂️💁🏽♂️💁🏽♂️
Have you tried it yet!? This all-natural #Canadian h2o is harvested from mature maple trees and is doing a bangin’ job at keeping me refreshed and hydrated during my training runs, thanks to all its nutritious qualities and yummy maple taste. This water is a #musthave !! 💥💥💥
Go out, try it and let me know #HowDoYouSap !! (Plus I’ve been told it tastes great in #cocktails ... but I’m training so I wouldn’t know...) 🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️ #partner#mossopmusts#maplewater#sapsucker#cntower#waterfront
Ready to take your love of birds to the field? Join our knowledgeable guides as they cover the basics from birding etiquette to using field guides during our First Time Birder Walk at Juanita Bay Park on September 8 from 8am-11am. This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required and space is limited: https://bit.ly/2oIObRz
Red-breasted Sapsucker courtesy of Mick Thompson
Cicadas continue to emerge from the earth after spending years sucking sap from tree roots. There may be a few things that kill them as the slowly develop deep underground but their underground lifestyle renders them free from predation by birds and most mammals. Their forelimbs are massively enlarged for burrowing and in the next foto you can see the stout proboscis and pumping apparatus in the center of the face used for sap sucking. This nymph has yet to split open and the winged adult is licked inside. #sapsucker#cicada#insects#macro#underground#emergence
Poplartree (or tuliptree) scale insects!
Tex walked down to get the mail and saw bees, wasps and ants swarming at the base of a tulip poplar. Of course, as soon as he told me, I ran down to take a peek. I noticed a bunch of weird growths on the tree. The majority of the bees were swarming on the ground beneath them, but there were wasps and ladybugs and ants on the actual bumps. I took pictures, then came back to the house to investigate. Turns out they're a type of soft scale insects called, aptly, poplartree scales.
The females have a bit of flange around their base (hey, even bugs can have style) that their babies, called crawlers, hatch and winter under. In the spring, the young females will venture out from under mom's petticoats until they find (via searching their home tree, being blown on the wind or carried on the plummage of songbirds) a suitable, sappy spot, then bury their faces in a branch. Their legs fall off, and they live out the rest of their lives there. Males mature around June and look like little wasp-like critters that are only half a millimeter long. They mate with the females, then die. SEX, SEX, SEX, aaand dead. I'm not sure if that's a hard life or not. Men, weigh in.
The females eat the sweet sap of tulip poplars and produce honeydew, which is what the great gathering of buggies are after.
They're a pest (lil' sap sucking vampires), and in large enough numbers can actually kill a tree.