As the trees continue to leaf out and the canopy fills in, the spring ephemerals will fade. They're still putting on a vivid display, though, eagerly taking in the sun on my walk this morning.
In my weekly email I included a link to a talk on spring ephemerals by Chris Benda; I'm leaving the same link here, for anyone who got here other than via the email.
In the 17th edition of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by plant ecologist and IEC board member Chris Benda (aka the Illinois Botanizer) to discuss wildflowers and prairie habitats in Illinois. Click here
Diana Krug posted this on FB yesterday, and thought I'd share here for those who did not see it. Chris Benda has a wealth of knowledge about plants.
The "Don't We Already Have Enough to Think About?" Department
Maybe you've heard about the so-called murder hornet, Vespa mandarinia, an invasive species that has the potential to decimate honeybee populations if left unchecked. It's been the subject of numerous, breathless news reports. Well, there's at least a modicum of good news on this front. I've read that beekeepers can protect their hives by swatting the hornets with tennis rackets when they arrive to attack the honeybees.
Julie watched an hour-long presentation on Vespa mandarinia and heard no mention of the tennis racket control method so I can't vouch for the veracity of my source. It sure sounds interesting though.
Happy Mothers Day to all our moms, to all who nurture selflessly.