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Busy Bees

Posted: Sunday, July 31st, 2016 @ 7:41 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Busy Bees

Hot biscuits wouldn’t be nearly as tasty without a liberal layer of honey, and this is the time of year when the local bees get back to work creating more of that magical syrup. After breakfast this morning we did a quick calculation. We just ate the equivalent of the lifetime production of several dozen […]

A Tale of Dragons and Damsels

Posted: Saturday, June 25th, 2016 @ 10:03 am in Bugs | Comments Off on A Tale of Dragons and Damsels

These dragons don’t chase damsels in distress. As a matter of fact, they don’t chase much of anything except small flying insects acceptable as food.  Oh yes, and other dragonflies. At a length of two to five inches, dragonflies are the modern world’s largest insects, but they’re puny by ancient standards. A dragonfly imprint dated to […]

Watching Doodlebugs

Posted: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 @ 8:16 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Watching Doodlebugs

It’s often much easier to find the tracks or marks a critter leaves than to discover the track maker. But sometimes you’re just not looking closely enough. Take the case of the doodlebug. We had seen doodlebug holes and trails long before we knew who made them. They usually occur in sandy locations, and the […]

Summer’s Flashing Fireflies

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 @ 3:22 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Summer’s Flashing Fireflies

Pinpoints of light danced the minuet across our darkened lawn, a visual counterpoint to the dozens of chirping crickets and the distant drum roll of thunder. Such are the memories of hot, muggy Midwestern summer evenings. Miles away and decades later, we paused in our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The air was heavy […]

Almost Twins

Posted: Sunday, June 21st, 2015 @ 1:03 pm in Bugs | Comments Off on Almost Twins

We spend a lot of our time outdoors trying to identify what we see, and sometimes this can be quite difficult. During spring migration the look-alike flycatchers give us fits. Mushroom hunting can cause similar problems, but fortunately we’re usually after photographs, not dinner. But once we’ve made a difficult identification our next question is […]

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