Journée du CHAT / CAT's DAY
2017 08 08 : story telling for rainy days, une histoire de jour de pluie ...
MANX CAT is very particular. No tail, but why ? Some pretend that by a cold winter the owner's close the door too fast OUPS ! the tail was cut. Another story, told by Jean-Claude LEGROS in creole réunion island langage started in the flood and NOAH ;;; automatical english langage translation and nice drawings.
Le chat mannois est vraiment particulier : pas de queue. Mais pourquoi ? Certains racontent que par un soir de grand froid en hiver son propriétaire aurait refermé un peu trop vite la porte d'entrée. OUPS ! Une autre histoire, raconté en créole réunionnais par Jean-Claude LEGROS commence au Déluge avec Noé ... sous-titres en français métropolitain et beaux dessins.
We call it "frelon asiatique", it is a kind of hornet coming from Asia named "vespa velutina" - Easy to recognize (it is the only one with yellow pawns) and DANGEROUS !
vs "VESPA CRABRO : Frelon européen" - NOT dangerous unless you are allergic
in french - in Ballades entomologiques, photos to observe. VESPA CRABRO is red and black.
"vespa velutina" : under its threat
2017 02 14 + 2017 02 27 + 2017 04 07
FIND THE HIVE TO BE DESTROYED BY A PROFESSIONAL
All black with an orange / brown circle, this is a very dangerous insect named "frelon asiatique". You can easily recognize with yellow paws.
DANGEROUS because :
1/ it is always ABOVE our heads : imagine a sort of helicopter in its fly,
2/ its movements are very FAST and FURIOUS, very more faster than you, even in running as a sprinter ...
3/ they are not like bees one we are used to be, they are STARS (doodelings sort of) trajectories that you could not anticipate,
4/ WHEN IT STINGS, YOU ARE IN DEATH DANGER, MOSTLY BECAUSE "ONE" IS NOT IN ITS GENES, THEY LIVE IN COMPACT GROUPS AND THE "ONE" YOU CAN SEE IS RARELY ALONE !!!
HOW TO RECOGNIZE
We can see their colony in automn or in winter, when trees have no leeves, looking for something round, looking like antique paper in trees, grey white colors, and if you do not look at really, you could imagine that it is a bouquet of mistletoe.
BUT it could be really EVERYWHERE because a QUEEN could prepare it anywhere ! In roofing cracks, hangars, and I even saw photos of one builted in motocycle helmet !
"frelon asiatique" is all black with and orange circle and yellow paws. You cannot confuse with our usual "frelon" yellow and black everywhere. AND PLEASE, DO NOT KILL "FRELON" BECAUSE THIS BEAUTY FIGHT AGAINST "FRELONS ASIATIQUES" and it will not attack you (except defending its life) !
IN MARCH, BE AWARE !
Soon, the queens will quit where they sleep actually and go out to find good food for her. IT IS THE BETTER TIME TO FOLLOW AND FIND THE COLONY.
Try to resist to your killing instinct because queens fight against each others and their number - very impressive - will decrease naturally. If you kill one queen, you leave much more to prepare quietly a colony of her own.
WE WANT TO FIND AND ERADICATE THE COLONIES : THEY ARE BEES KILLERS !
WE LIKE BEES AND HONEY !
To prepare her colonies, the queens attacks bees. They plunge and cut in two our unfortuned bees we love so much to feeding her larvae. They are intelligent and go directly where HONEY is, that's mean : near or in the hives, where bees are. They could totally destroy a hive.
Bees could not defend, only asian bees could when they are working togheter, with their wings, to increase temperature at the entry of the hive.
VESPA VELUTINA, scientific name of "frelon asiatique", do not resist to hot temperature and die.
So, in Loir-et-cher they tried to destroy at night - in the day, all individuals are not in the colony - with hunters, in a strict protocole to be sure no one would be hurted and not to propagate a fire ! DO NOT DO IT ALONE BY YOURSELF !
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CAPTURE AND DESTROY ALL INDIVIDUALS IN THE VESPA VELUTINA HIVE BECAUSE ABOUT 5 000 - i really wrote three zero behind number five and this is a minima, it could be 15 000 - INDIVIDUALS COULD CREATE NEW HIVES IN 60 KILOMETERS AROUND WITH EACH SURVIVING ! and that is why we are under the threat
Do you have "frelon asiatique" in your yard ?
IN MARCH, as soon as the sun will shine, you could see bumblebees. They are usually first before bees. Prepare your search.
1/ YOU DO NOT SEE VESPA VELUTINA ON YOUR FLOWERS
Find a place in your yard where you could put on compost fresh exotic fruits as pineapple, mango, and fresh shrimp carcasses (of course you had eaten fruits and shrimps, all the best before, in a succulent lunch or diner !). It will send vespa velutina a very attractive smell around. Put everything in a box with a lid you will open and throw away at the last minute when you are ready to observe in a safe place.
CHOOSE THE PERFECT PLACE TO OBSERVE ALL AROUND, and choose "exotic" fruits because others insects as bees do not like so much this kind of food. Schrimp is irristible ( message personnel : au lieu de mettre des carcasses de crevettes roses dans ma purée industrielle, pouvez-vous nous fabriquer des kits de test pour frelons asiatiques ?), fish is attractive too. IT IS POSSIBLE ONLY WHEN QUEENS ARE ALONE, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SPRING WHEN THEY ARE HUNGRY, AFTER IT IS TOO DANGEROUS ! You could prepare food for butterflies too (apples and pears). To discover where is the hive, you can observe how many minutes specimen arrives when you put on fresh food. It could be only few seconds !
Wait if you could see one (or more) vespa velutina. IF YOU COULD SEE ONE, BE VERY AWARE BECAUSE THIS INSECT COULD ATTACK YOU UNDER 6 METERS AROUND HER HIVE ! DO NOT MOVE, WAIT FOR "FRELON ASIATIQUE" TO GO ! The queens are just interested in FOOD ! DO NOT DISTURB. IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, MOVE VERY SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY. It is very sensitive to air movement and noise. It always get higher in the air to observe before sting on its prey. You would be safe 15 meters around its nest if it did not take you in chase !
2/ YOU CAN SEE "FRELON ASIATIQUE" , or YOU CAN EAR BUZZING :
YOU COULD BE SURE A HIVE IS LIVING AND GROWING NEXT TO YOU ! - FIND IT !
First, LISTEN CAREFULLY if you could ear BUZZING : "frelon asiatique" produces very characteristic sounds. If you cannot see any but ear that noise, you could be sure a hive is hidden somewhere next to you.
3/ OK, you know where the hive is ! ASK FOR HELP.
You can go to the City Hall. Some towns send you directly a professional, others will help you to pay for destruction, others do ... nothing : bigger and higher the hive is and more the bill is heavy to pay ! That is why some owners or municipalities do nothing, wishing the problem will be the neighbor's problem next year. Yes, the hive is there for just one year. After summer, vespa velutina left the hive to hide away and multiply on all over the country. Could you imagine how exponential is that multiplication ? Would you like to be surprised in your gardening activities WITHOUT any protecting clothing ? Would you like to wear a scuba suit at every step outdoor ?
Some people told me "i don't care, i vaporize the insecticide preventively before working". What about just going outside if the hive is in your roof, or near a window ? What about fruits and vegetables ? Do you think you will obtain juicy ones without bees, frelons, and without birds you will poison them with too ? Are you sure kids and babies will not suffer to inhale ?
Some professionals leave the hive behind after vaporization. I do not appreciate this method because you cannot know if you are always under a threat or not. And it could poison birds.
IF YOU ARE STUNG,
RUN TO HOSPITAL !
DO NOT TRY TO TRAP - FIND THE HIVE TO BE DESTROYED BY A PROFESSIONAL
2017 04 07
Please click below to be informed by professionals : MNHN - this article is in french.
2017 04 16 - TO BE CONTINUED on Concours Lépine 2017, a new way of trapping will be introduce - Named "Easy Trap", it is the result of 5 years of research.
"la marche de l'empereur"/"el viaje del imperador",
a phenomenon film !
2017 01 31
Aptenodytes forsterithe same way again ... They all are NOT human but so similar to us. We live on the same planet. Soon they will be only 2 000 on earth.
canciones subtituladas en español
"la marche de l'empereur" (Emilie SIMON)- 1/2
canciones subtituladas en español
"la marche de l'empereur" (Emilie SIMON)- 2/2
Marvin the squirrel eats rosehips ! / Marvin l'écureuil mange des cynorhodons ! / Marvin ardilla come rosa mosqueta ! - by Annie G., Québec
Gizmo, the wild cat
2017 01 15
Gizmo is a wild cat. She. Remember, i discovered while singing "la sérénade" in my yard. I did not see her before. Just noticed that she was there.
TODAY, she appears ! She is beautiful black and white cat with "petits chaussons blancs" (white color on her paws). She wanted me to know who is the boss ? SHE is.My cares was good but ... NOT ENOUGH, according to her. So she decided to put pressure on me. I must confess that in this festive periods i was less in my garden. Just putting on some food for birds.
So today, to be sure that i will understand her claim, she walked from nowhere to the seeds stationary for birds and stayed under, for a moment, although there was no bird at all there, showing her back to me. She did not move for a long moment. When she was sure i was looking at her - believe me cats are very sensitive -, she turned her face to me and squinted her eyes. Then she deseapears.
Guess what ? i put on my boots and hurry to prepare a white cheese bowl i could have eat by myself outside. I did not see her but i was sure she was somewhere looking at me. Ten minutes later tits and others little birds were coming back on the seeds stationnery.
No one missing ...
2017 01 13
Le très sérieux journal de M6 vient de diffuser dans sa rubrique "la minute du web", une video d'écureuil chapardeur. Un écureuil se rend dans une supérette et dérobe une plaque de chocolat aux noisettes. C'est frais et amusant à regarder mais cela cache la grande misère nutritive des écureuils de par le monde. En Finlande où la même scène se reproduisait, les habitants s'étaient cotisés pour dédommager le commerçant jusqu'à l'interdictiuon d'entrée dans les lieux par les autorités sanitaires. Nos écureuils qui ont bien du mal à résister à l'hiver et à la pénurie de nourriture du fait de la destruction de leurs habitats naturels. Les "Amoureux des écureuils" se mobilisent et tentent de mieux connaitre les espèces et leurs habitudes au-delà des frontières en échangeant leurs observations et leurs conseils.
Merci à la rédaction du 19:45 de M6 de mettre en lumière avec des sujets rigolos de vrais problèmes de société.
Savoir reconnaitre les écureuils
Comment nourrir les oiseaux en hiver ?/ How to feed birds in winter ?
2016 12 03
Gladys ANDREY sent me this link to learn - THANKS YOU !
Gizmo, my "gremlins" looking wild cat ...
2016 11 14
A female cat is singing "la sérénade" in my backyard ...
Maybe i will have some little cats coming from outside a wood stock one day or the other.
Usually, the Mother comes with a baby in front of her to show him to you. She observes your reaction and if it sounds "positive answer", she brings you back the ultimate cute family she is proud of !
This female in the backyard is wild. I did not noticed she was here before my "rognons experience" when i through on "fumier" my spoiled meal ! I cannot catch her. When she will have babies, she will ask for good food ...
I hope my husband and i are enough "cat cares" people so maybe one cat will decide to adopt our home and to stay with us ... but you know : cats always decides where and whom they want to live with.
Maybe we will call him (or her) "Gizmo" : a wild cat in a house is always ... unexpected ! Remember Gizmo tied in the flashing electric lights of the Christmas tree ... a pet can save your life and all we need is one Brave !
Cats, dogs and other pets
2016 11 09 + 2016 11 14
Just before Christmas, shelters and pet stores will offer to purchase or to adopt four-legged companions.
THINK TWICE before. An animal is not a toy. Some will live with you 10, 20, 50 or more !
So please, if you are not ready, be honest and do not.
For those who will love and share moments of joy and pain with the new members of the family, adoption times are organized all over the country :
- "les chats sans toit" on november 12 and 13 in Lorient (Truffaut).
- "le Noël des animaux abandonnés" on november 26 and 27 in Paris (Porte de Versailles - parc des expositions);
- #NOELdesANIMAUX on December 10 and 11 - Paris, place de la République organised by the S.P.A. (Société protectrice des animaux)
AND YOU CAN GO DIRECTLY TO "REFUGES POUR ANIMAUX" THE WHOLE YEAR LONG.
Do not forget to take with you identity card and proofs of address.
If you are in trouble with your four-legged companions, associations could help.
PLEASE, if you are lucky enough to be loved by a pet :
DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR PET !
EVERYBODY CAN HELP associations in charge with animal - pets or wildlife !
"Rio", the cartoon about a parrot, is on tv tonight ! - 2016 10 30
Tiny wild life just around the corner ...
Les oiseaux migrateurs peuvent être observés ce dimanche ... 2016 10 16
"Junco ardoisé juvénile"
video by Annie G - Québec - Canada
When you are a little bird, in sunny days, you use a tiny bath to refresh. then, you dry your wings with sunshine and natural airdryer : the wind. And final, you can restore order in your suit with your small beak.
At the end of the summer, you still be a tiny specie bird but you are an adult. They live in small groups and migrate.
Annie G filmed a junco juvenile slate - she can observe them in spring and falls - and we can see how the big bathroom's bird became a small one, days after days but just in few weeks.
Thanks Annie for sharing !
2016 09 10 - Headed gulls /gaviotas de cabeza/ mouettes rieuses -