Saturday, April 25, 2015
Chafer Beetle Shadenfreude
As the European chafer beetles and their predators ravage lawns in East Vancouver, I am silently cheering them on. Skunks, raccoons flickers and crows are the Vancouver foodies who love the new culinary trend in raw exotic larvae. The scruffier the lawn, the more it appeals to little ground nesting bees. On a sunny day you can look at lawns like this and see masses of them digging holes and laying eggs, with cuckoo bees lurking and nipping in to lay their eggs and then shirking their maternal duties. Carnivorous wasps are foodies too, hovering above the living buffet to snatch their favorite delicacies.