Archive for July, 2008

pretty in pink

Friday, July 25th, 2008

guess who’s back in town?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Guess who’s back in town? Yes, it’s those wonderfully bizarre Mantidflies (Climaciella brunnea). This summer’s weather has been a little odd – cool and rainy – so insect activity hasn’t seemed to be entirely normal. I’d been watching for the return of the Mantidflies, and perhaps they have been around for awhile, but I didn’t […]

after dark

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Just a short post today. On nights when I’m not too tired, I’ve been going out looking for moths after dark. Sometimes I set up a bug-zapper lamp wrapped in a white sheet (to prevent moth fatalities), and other times, I just walk around the garden with a flashlight, watching for moths moving between the […]

coming apart at the seams

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Yesterday, an hour or so before sunset, I went for a walk in the fields to check for signs of life on the milkweed plants. Apart from the Monarch caterpillars, I had a couple of interesting finds. The first was a Katydid in the process of molting – click on the above photo for a […]

precious metals

Friday, July 4th, 2008

One evening last week, just before sunset, I spotted a bead of molten gold on a morning glory leaf in the garden. Closer inspection revealed a mating pair of Golden Tortoise Beetles (Charidotella sexpunctata bicolor). For once, I didn’t have a camera in hand — I was taking vegetable scraps out to the compost heap […]

an unexpected breakfast guest

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a few fleeting glimpses of a large spider lurking in our living room, occasionally appearing among a stack of books and art supplies. I could never get a good enough look to be sure of what she might be. A few days ago, she finally made a […]