Ladybugs war

Not all ladybugs bring good luck, especially to their similar. Of the 5000 species cataloged, man of them struggle each other for domination of the area, reaching cannibalism to conquer the territory.

The entomologists call it the “War of the ladybugs,” a phenomenon that in recent years has attracted attention. One of the most famous species, the Coccinella septempunctata, the one with seven black dots on the red back risks to disappear.

To unseat this insect is its Asian cousin, Harmonia axyridis or the “Harlequin Ladybug”, more durable and quick to reproduce.

All ladybugs are voracious and combative, able to devour in a single day, as adults, up to 277 soybeans aphids or 207 larvae.

The septempunctata is the most famous star of songs, cartoons and commercial logos but its nice look should not be misleading, since it is one of the few insects that kill the prey before devouring her, just like cats.

The only one that could actually destroy it is the Harlequin Ladybug, even more terrible who lives with no enemies in an undisputed territory ranging from Kazakhstan to Japan.

Europeans, in the mid-90s, have made the serious mistake to introduce it in France, Belgium and Holland as a tool – very effective, it must be said – of biological control. Harmonia axyridis is now the ladybug that reproduces faster in the world and is gradually eliminating the other species.

It lives in a range that is extended from Denmark to southern France and from Great Britain to the Czech Republic, but for some mysterious reason, despite having been released in Greece, Spain, Portugal and the Azores Islands, does not seem to appreciate Southern Europe, as well as the south of Italy.

The higher risk is at the continental level: as explained on Diversity and Distributions the “ladybugs war”could lead to extinction, within a short time, the European species, just as happened in the ’70s, to the American one, brought to its knees by the exuberance of” septempunctata. ”

It is not difficult to distinguish our local ladybug from the Asian one. “The first – explains the biologist Lisa Master – is a bit ‘larger (up to 8 mm long) and on the back has a variable number of dots, while the elytra (the colered wings) are often not red but yellow or orange (or black, with two or four red dots) and is the variable color to them did gain the nickname “harlequin.”

On “pronotum” (the front part of the thorax that in our ladybug is almost always black) has two large white spots and black draws an “M” or “W”, depending on which side you look at it. The larva, which in all species is a spiny caterpillar, is black, with orange stripes on the sides, while it is gray with little orange dots in this case to seven points ladybug. ”

The Harlequin ladybug also ruin the vine production so is dangerous for all the country that produce it.

“Probably the harlequin ladybug has therefore its Achilles heel, we just have to find it”, says the experts.

Maybe being careful not to damage other species in the meanwhile.

 

My sweet green Valentine

Skip the traditional chocolates and flowers for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

World Wildlife Fund suggests another option a symbolic animal adoption program gift-givers can adopt an animal in honor of a friend or loved one.

Or maybe you can send a really sweet e-card that will remind your love how much you care about him/her .

The e-cards will be for free and they are available on WWF site.

Valentine’s Day could be an other occasion to help the nature!

Fall in love with the Earth.

 

 

Seal puppies invade Holande

Volunteers of the Creche Pieterburen Seal, in the Dutch city of Groningen, are supplying some of the dozens of seals arrived to the Dutch coast as a result of severe storms that hit during the year.
Many puppies are orphans, arrived in the center with the umbilical cord still attached. The disaster has prompted volunteers to set up temporary tents where to give first aid to animals before their return to sea.
Storms and high tides create problems for seals because the sand banks where they bask remain underwater, said Lenie ‘t Hart, who founded the nursery formally known as the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Center.

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Stop long animal transports

More than one million signatures have been collected by 8hours, to ask European politicians to modify the current law that allow long animal transports.

The 8 hours campaign wants to change the current EU legislation allows for animals to be transported for several days. This has to be changed.
Live animals for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours.

Behind this campaign there is the association ANIMALS’ ANGELS. This organisation monitors the situation animals and they have found out how inhuman are the conditions during the transportation.

In 2010 ANIMALS’ ANGELS observed 44 irregular long distance transports within Europe – 43 were found to be carried out in a way likely to cause undue suffering to the animals.

The Animal’s Angels volunteers regularly finds animals suffering from thirst or hunger. Often the water systems are not adequate for the animal species transported, or they are constructed in a way that prevents the animals from reaching them.

Water troughs are dirty or they are not connected to the water tank, or they do not function at all. A very common problem is also the lack of space on the truck – only animals which are close to the water trough have half a chance to actually reach it.

The others go without. The result is serious dehydration, possible illness and collapse.

Unweaned calves suffer especially from lack of appropriate treatment, as they cannot be fed on board. It is not possible to work the commonly used drinking systems with the liquid necessary for unweaned calves. Also they cannot adequately use the drinking devices (bite nipples) commonly installed on
trucks. Therefore thousands of calves suffer regularly from hunger and thirst for thousands of kilometers.

Why 8hours?

Every year millions of animals are transported along European highways, and too often under unacceptable conditions.

In 2002, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published the report “The Welfare of Animals during Transport” concluding that animal transports, as a ground rule, should be as short as possible. This recommendation is, however, not reflected in the current EU legislation.

Even if this is an important campaign and this time something could really change, it is up to us, we can change the meat market.

On the shelves of our supermarkets we found meat from all around the world.

Very often the animals are slaughtered not in the country in which are raised. This subjects them to long trips in cattle wagons in which some of them died from the terrible conditions in which they are transported.

I am not a vegetarian but I always buy origin controlled meat and 0 km.

Meat is one of the most pollutant product that we eat. So we have to reduce our weakly consume and we have to buy only local meat.

My grandfather had a farm where he breaded calves. I milked my first cow at the age of five and I have learned from him to respect those animals.

It is not right to let them be tortured so let’s buy only the local meat from bio farms.

If you want to donate to support the campaign just go on the Animal’s Angels web site

Bp wants a refound

Bp will start a trial against Halliburton to cover the cost of cleaning

Gulf oil spill

the oil from the Gulf of Mexico.

The British Petroleum Company, considered by all responsible for the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico,  in 2010, does not want to take all the blame for the enviromental disaster and is now demanding compensation from Halliburton American of $ 20 billion.The news of the request was issued by the agency Bloomberg, citing a legal document signed by BP lawer, Don Haycraft.

BP thus seeks to recover “the costs and expenses that were charged for cleaning the oil spill,” the document says.BP in early December accused Halliburton of destroying evidence related to the tests conducted on the Halliburton cement used to build the platform that was at the origin of the disaster.

Halliburton is the world’s second largestoilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people.
The oil spill has destroyed the ecosystem of the Gulf.
Everyone has seen the images of birds covered by oil or the giant leak, but the oil is responsable for the death of of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf seafood including oysters, crabs, shrimp and mussels continued to contained traces of the dispersant and petroleum hydrocarbons.

One of the death dolphin found in the Gulf last spring

Frozen Planet lie

I am sincerely disappointed. The polar bears cubs in the documentary were

Sir David with a polar bear in the last episode of Frozen Planet

not “beneath the snow” as Sir David said.

Who you can trust nowadays if even BBC Frozen Planet disappointed you?

A part from irony, actually when I saw the footage I tough “how they have reach them under the snow?”

And it is even worst to know the sad destiny of this two little creatures.

Sir David said it was right that the programme disguised the origins of the footage because telling the truth would “ruin the atmosphere” for viewers.

He told ITV1’s This Morning: “During the middle of this scene, when you’re trying to paint what it’s like in the middle of winter in the Pole, do you say, ‘Oh, by the way, this is filmed in a zoo?”

“It would completely ruin the atmosphere and destroy the pleasure of the viewers. It’s not a falsehood.”

On this point I have to agree with him, but even if this story will partially

Maybe a too mean cartoon from the Mail Online

ruin the reputation of the programme and of the Frozen Planet team, all their work remains priceless.

And the most important thing is that the message behind those incredible image remains the same.

This story has rather strengthened the SOS message on the climate condition and shows us that it is already quite impossible to see polar bear cubs because they are less and less.

This uncomfortable truth is in front of us. The BBC made a mistake but we do not have to throw away another occasion to reflect on the climate changes and the wildlife situation.

Frozen Planet

Our ice is melting really fast because of the damages that we cause to the environment everyday. If the ice will gone we will not survive.

Glacier is melting and the water forms a river on the its surfaice

OK, I admit I am in a ‘Frozen Planet’ mood. Those documentaries are amazing because they give us images of nature and animals never saw before.

Especially if we have to considerate where and when those video was shouted. The efforts behind this results are incredible and I am so happy to see that there still are people so passionate of their job. Not everybody will spend four months with penguins in the Arctic Pole!

But after the last episode I am in a bad mood. I knew it. After amazing images and breathtaking landscapes the bad new were just around the corner.

I am honest when I say that I was tempted to turn off the television because I was too  in anguish.

For who that have not seen the programs ‘Frozen Planet’ documentaries explained how the Poles change between the seasons.

The last episode shown how the ice is melting because of the global warming.

The temperature in the Poles raise twice fast that in the rest of the world because  the ice reflects the sun rays while the sea water absorbs them.

The consequences of the ice melting could, and already are, devastating for the animals and the human being that live in those regions but would soon be felt also in the rest of the world.

If the ice will melt the oceans level will rise all around the world by 60 meters!! That will mean that most of the lands will be overflown.

In the last 30 years some of the thousand-year glaciers have started to melt. The see level is grown by 0.5 meters.

When we are thinking to do something. We really want to destroy our planet. This is not anymore something that only freaks environmentalists should care about it. This is something that effect everybody.

Beagle Freedom Project

Beagle Freedom Project rescues beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and gives them a chance at life in a loving forever home.

This organisation makes little miracle: they rescue dogs and they take care of them until they have been adopted. An amazing work that only those images can explain.

Do not purchase product tested on animals!

For more information go on http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org

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Crocodile Spa

Animals are not human being, but are human being behaving like animals. After have seen today article on Metro I am more than convinced of this.

In Australia, Parap Day Spa have decided to do a complete Spa treatment to a poor crocodile.

The day of beauty includes pedicure waxing and skin exfoliation. But the worst is yet to come as the Metro journalist says: “Perhaps it’s the hair attached to the waxing strip that gives the game away or the fact that the poor creature is wearing a protective bikini bottom”.

The business manager Louanne Grasmeder knows how to grab attention in the Territory. This is the most insane idea for publicity I ever see.

Giving a crocodile a makeover to show costumers that if she is able to make even a crocodile look like a lady, everyone has hope, is just cruel.

She rented a saltie from Darwin’s crocodile research centre and zoo Crocodylus Park to encourage Territorians to visit her Parap Day Spa.

Who could possibly allowed this! This is what happened when people think they can use animals for their own purpose.

Animals are not object and they deserve to have I wild and free life.

You begin with buying a haute couture coat for your dog and we will end doing a bikini wax to a crocodile.

It seems that the people have completely lost their mind.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of information in order to obtain a better picture of the state of biodiversity.

With now more than 61,900 species reviewed, another big step forward has been made toward developing the IUCN Red List into a true ‘Barometer of Life,’ as called for by leading experts in the magazine Science in 2010.

The IUCN Red List is set upon precise criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. These criteria are relevant to all species and all regions of the world. The aim is to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public and policy makers, as well as help the international community to try to reduce species extinction.

Among the animals most at risk there are rhinoceros species,  the white rhino of central Africa and the Javan rhinoceros, the fate of which is emblematic of the reasons for these disappearances. It is in fact animals that inhabit areas where there is political support for their preservation is essential to combat poachingand protect their habitats.

Just as the IUCN red list of the newbranched, the organization of protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, Survival International, recalled that indigenous peoples are vital to preserve the forests in the world, highlighting, once again, that the fate of men and animals areclosely related. It was a study of a body part is not sure how theWorld Bank to collect data according to which, if indigenous peoples are not expelled from protected areas, deforestationdown to minimum levels.