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Day 86

Took the cover off a bit quick this morning. That freaked the ants out. Oops. Other than that it all seems fine. All sat at the bottom again today.

Ants

《蛙文》/ Frogscript 9 • 郭少鳳 Evette Kwok

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《蛙文:蜻蜓》

郭少鳳著

記得細細個時,屋企冇咩玩具玩,好多細蚊仔都鐘意落公園玩,公園除咗有超長嘅滑梯、超刺激嘅氹氹轉玩之外,仲可以同好多好多昆蟲玩遊戲。好奇怪,仲係細蚊仔嘅時候,唔會點驚昆蟲,好多時會想捉佢哋嚟玩,仲記得有時會特登帶一個盒仔去捉昆蟲。細個又成日會聽到呢首童謠:「點蟲蟲,蟲蟲飛,飛去荔枝基,荔枝熟,無埞伏,伏去邊?伏去你個鼻哥窿」,一邊唱童謠,一邊搵蟲蟲,真有趣!

有種昆蟲成日企定定咁畀我望,佢哋有好多唔同嘅顏色:有艶麗嘅絨紅色,有金光閃閃嘅黃金色,亦有較低調嘅暗藍色、黑色,但都總有一對巨型嘅眼睛同埋兩對透明嘅翅膀。試過去捉佢哋,可惜未成功過。你哋估到係邊種昆蟲未呢?對,就係蜻蜓!

蜻蜓係一種好靚嘅昆蟲。同美麗嘅蝴蝶比較,蝴蝶係似穿上美麗衣裳,悉心打扮嘅淑女;而蜻蜓頭部圓圓、眼睛大大、修長嘅腹部再配上兩對透明嘅翅膀,顯出高貴嘅韻味。蜻蜓擁有獨特而美麗嘅線條,難怪經常被設計成賞心悅目嘅裝飾圖案!

蜻蜒係不完全變態昆蟲,一生中經歷三個階段:卵、稚蟲、成蟲,冇咗蛹嘅階段。雖然蜻蜓係一種識飛嘅昆蟲,但係佢嘅生命同水有著莫大嘅關係。

由出生開始,蜻蜓已經離唔開水。有冇聽過「蜻蜓點水」呢個成語,雖然成語嘅意思係做事膚淺、做得不夠深入嘅意思,但其實呢個成語正正講出蜻蜓一生中一個重要嘅階段:部份蜻蜒會將卵產喺水草上或樹枝上,但最為人知嘅應該係產喺水中,雌性嘅蜻蜓用似尾巴嘅腹部插入水中,蜻蜓點水,水面即時會泛起漣漪,誕下嘅蜻蜓卵就慢慢沉入水中,真夠浪漫!咁做嘅好處係令到喺水中生活嘅蜻蜓稚蟲,一出生就喺水中。

第一次見到蜻蜓嘅稚蟲係喺嘉道理農場,當時被安排打理一個小型人工生態池,讓比較細小嘅水生動植物繁殖及生活。當時每兩個星期就要同兩個大自然愛好者 – 農場義工去清一清池水、整理一下水生植物。

生態池雖然細細,但郤住咗好多好多嘅水生動物:蝌蚪、蚊嘅幼蟲-孑孓、水黽 – 俗稱水較剪、豆娘稚蟲同埋蜻蜓稚蟲。第一次見到蜻蜓稚蟲真係完全嚇一跳,如果唔係身邊嘅義工朋友嘅介紹,我都諗唔到佢係蜻蜓啤啤:我哋熟悉嘅蜻蜓不但線條優美,而且充滿色彩,但眼前見到嘅稚蟲卻係完全兩回事。蜻蜓稚蟲全身灰褐色,腹部略胖,尾部開三小叉,用電影中嘅「異型」形容都唔太過份。雖然係水中生物,但都有對細到不合比例嘅(假)翅膀貼喺肥腹上,仲有一對腮,能夠喺水中呼吸。

蜻蜓稚蟲樣貌真係一啲都唔吸引,卻暗藏殺機。佢哋係天生嘅捕獵者,會食比佢哋細小嘅昆蟲,例如孑孓,蝌蚪等等。蜻蜓一生都係肉食性動物,長大羽化後,會進食更大型嘅昆蟲,如蚊、烏蠅、甚至蝴蝶等等。蜻蜓由細到大都係蚊一生嘅天敵,對我哋人類而言可算是益蟲。

有冇聽過「蜻蜓成群低飛繞天空,不到半日雨濛濛」呢句諺言?其實係古人嘅智慧:以前科技未有咁發達時,冇咁多儀器或數據預測天氣,就會更留意大自然嘅變化,累積經驗嚟預測天氣。呢種智慧,原來可以解釋:快要落雨嘅空氣份外潮濕,水氣會沾濕蜻蜓嘅翅膀,令蜻蜻翅膀變重,未能如常往高處飛,只能在接近地面嘅低處飛行。

蜻蜓嘅一生都同水或水塘有著莫大關係,加上交配時又叫交尾,由兩隻蜻蜓用腹部扣成一個心型交配產卵。唔知係咪呢兩個緣故,有部份廣東人叫蜻蜓做「塘尾」。再送上另一首童謠俾大家:「黐塘尾,塘尾飛,飛到菜田基,田基有條蛇,嚇親你兩仔爺」。

其實人大咗,面對忙碌嘅生活,喺成長嘅同時,會慢慢失去細路仔天生嘅好奇心同豐富嘅想像力。不過好好彩,香港呢個地方,要走入大自然一啲都唔難,行山十分方便,又有咁多有趣、生鬼嘅廣東話童謠,可以俾我哋稍微回味童年嘅回憶,重拾一下童年滋味。 1,174 more words

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Bees (Three Photographs)

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There are times when all you have to do is wait and the bees will come to you. 58 more words

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Preschool Story Time: Bugs

Date presented:  July 18, 2016

This story time was based on a theme that generally fit well with summer and outdoor activities, rather than focusing on a specific summer reading theme.  1,602 more words

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Bugging Out at Weir Farm NHS

I’m addicted. It’s so bad. In just one weekend I sank about seven hours into looking for insects. Weir Farm NHS has an incredible array of meadows filled with milkweed, goldenrod, and Queen Anne’s Lace, so needless to say there were bugs in droves. 318 more words

Nature