Archive for August, 2008

garden inhabitant

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

While working in the garden on the weekend, I turned up this inhabitant – a Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata). As you can see by comparing it to my hand (and I have quite small hands), it’s a small species, about 20 to 40 cm (8 to 16 inches) in length, with a narrow, delicate [...]

things that go bump in the night

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I’m a little late in reporting this, but late in the evening on August 4th, while out photographing moths, I was struck on the head repeatedly by this large beetle — a Spotted Pelidnota Beetle (Pelidnota punctata). It was a little larger and more robust than the “June Bug” beetles that we see [...]

go flip a rock!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Remember this?
Yes, indeed, you do! International Rock Flipping Day is nigh upon us. This year, it takes place on Sept. 7th. On that day, folks from around the world will be sauntering out into their yards and gardens, or visiting some other site to turn a rock or two. They’ll be [...]

the blues

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Eggplant flower
This year, summer seems to be flowing by in the most disconcerting way. While out on my insect walk yesterday, I kept feeling twinges of impending autumn. Perhaps it was seeing so many late summer insects perched on the sea of goldenrod in the meadows. Maybe it was the dozens [...]