Tag Archives: The Christmas Beetle

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 28th-4th December 2021…Culinary A-Z, Recipes

My culinary A-Z…Christmas Music by Cliff Richard, Camembert Puffs and Christmas Ham, 
plus Mistletoe revealed …

I cannot believe we are now in December …Have you made puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th it’s only 22 sleeps…Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has been a lot colder in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous …

What is in store for you then if you are comfy and have your drink to sustain you then time to have a read and relax…

Who doesn’t love a nice sandwich made with beautiful home-baked ham and English Mustard its the only time of year when I love eating a sandwich…Please click the link for a step by step guide to brining and baking your own ham…

Christmas Recipes by CarolCooks2…in my kitchen today its Christmas ham…

The culinary alphabet with the middle letter T…wATer was the obvious one and both Pete and Chel got that one with no trouble they also came up with a couple I hadn’t thought so thank you, guys…There was Autun Cheese, Betel Leave4s, Bitters and Gjetost to name but a few to read more please click the link below…

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Middle Letter T…

I think most of us have heard what a powerful little berry the Cranberry is well Sally has rewound and republished an earlier post on the Cranberry just as a reminder and for new readers a revelation…we all know that when we come across something which we know is good for health that sometimes a recipe doesn’t spring to mind well..between us we have covered all bases an overview on the health benefits plus recipes…How cool is that ? #recommended read

Smorgasbord Health – Christmas Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Cranberries, Sauce, Camembert Puffs, Apple and Cranberry Roast Pork

Christmas isn’t all about crackers and chocolate there is so more and these little Christmas Beetles are so pretty and festive but unless we call a halt on all the urban sprawl developments where their habitat is chopped down they may be just a thing of the past and that would be such a shame …we need the natural world because without it ecosystems will die as will we …

Christmas with CarolCooks2…Mistletoe, Wine and the Christmas Beetle!

Mistletoe has a colourful history and is an integral part of our Christmas…the Mistletoe extract is also used medically…Mistletoe Extract…has been used for hundreds of years to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis, and rheumatism. Mistletoe is one of the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapies for cancer…Did you know that?

Saturday Snippets 4th December 2021…Mistletoe…

That’s all for this weeks Saturday Snippets...One of my favourite Christmas Carols…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday, stay safe from this new virulent covid strain…I hope you will join me again next week I am always pleased to see you XX

 

 

 

 

Christmas with CarolCooks2…Mistletoe, Wine and the Christmas Beetle!

I have discovered so much about Christmas over the past few years from how many different names Santa is called, the tales of Trolls…The Yule Lads who come down from the mountains in Iceland, all the different recipes I am gleaning from far and wide… I love it and this little Christmas Beetle…ooooh so cute!

Some of you who have been a follower for a while may have seen these little fellows before…

FORGET FROSTED GRASS and snow-covered windowsills, in Australia it’s the Christmas beetle that heralds the start of the festive season. They are so pretty with their metallic coats.

The metallic scarabs are synonymous with summer Down Under – or at least they used to be.

Research suggests that  Australia’s endemic Christmas beetle (Anoplognathus) population is on the decline.

Entomologist Dr Chris Reid, from the Australian Museum, attributes the drop in sightings to drier than usual spring weather, especially along the coast of New South Wales.

Christmas beetles in the greater Sydney region have also been victims of urban sprawl, with species disappearing from the city’s west due to much of their natural habitat being used for development.

I know people have to live in houses but urban sprawl has a lot to answer for and more care and research should be undertaken before permission to develop has been given or provision should be made to keep wildlife disruption to a minimum…Most cannot readjust.

THE  NATURAL habitat for Christmas beetles is woodland, where there are plenty of trees and rich soil. The larvae develop in the soil, and remain there as curl grubs, feeding on grass and plant roots, as well as the surface roots of eucalypts.

As fully grown adults, they mainly eat eucalyptus leaves but are known to consume the foliage of introduced species, such as the peppercorn tree.

The reason we only see these colourful insects during the festive season has nothing to do with Saint Nick aka Santa and there was you thinking it did…Ha Ha

BUT the end of spring and the start of summer is when the larvae hatch out. The adults aren’t active during the winter months; they are larvae only during those months. When the adults are spotted during Christmas month they’re at the stage of laying eggs.

This time of year is also mating season.

Christmas Beetle. 1

Image by John Vossen from Pixabay

If you are lucky enough to see them during the day on young eucalypts… they’re usually in clusters trying to mate, with the males pushing each other off females.

They are very pretty though and Christmassy …Don’t you think?

The information about the Christmas Beetle came from Australia’s National Geographic Magazine.

Christmas also sees the start of Christmas adverts and some of them I wait to see every year…This first one( I ) will be doting them about some posts quite randomly up until Christmas alongside some of my favourite Christmas Carols… I think this Disney Christmas Advert is very apt as there are many families around the world where there is a stepdad…and very good ones I will add who love the children as their own…Disney has made “The Stepdad” this year’s project and done it very well I think…

That’s all for today…See you tomorrow for Saturday Snippets…xx