Saturday, September 20, 2014

Science Saturday: Ladybugs, Blueberries and Rainbows

A few mediocre things that may spark your interest: 

  • Ladybugs are very helpful with pest control in orchards and fields. 30,000 Ladybugs can protect 10 acres of produce.
  • Ladybugs are one of the most recognizable insects to children.
  • Ladybugs have a high birthrate, and a high survival rate which is surprising. They are a bright red to tell predators that they don't taste good. If that doesn't work, they play dead. If that doesn't work they emit a foul smelling fluid and then they are (usually) safe.
  • Blueberries are native to North America. They thrive just about anywhere.
  • There are many types of Blueberries. If they are cross pollinated (which often occurs) then they produce small berries at a later time.
  • Many birds including grouse, scarlet tanagers, bluebirds, robins, and thrushes enjoy them. Bears, foxes, raccoons, skunks, deer, rabbits, chipmunks and mice also enjoy the tasty berries!
  • The basic components for rainbows are water and rain. Most often they are seen after a storm.
  • You can make your own rainbows with a water hose if the sun is low enough in the sky. Takes a bit of experimenting though.
  • Rainbows are beautiful! I've seen quite a few partial ones, a few full ones, and few times I've seen full double ones! Those ones are REALLY cool!!!! :~D

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