Tag Archives: Insects

Through the Keyhole

It takes patience to walk a beagle.  It is not an exercise for the terminally rushed, nor is it for those who want to cover a lot of ground and work up a sweat.  Beagles have other agendas. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Fair Trade

We may not have any more parsley in our yard, but we should soon have a bumper crop of Black Swallowtails.

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A Lotta Damn Gall(s)

  (NOTE: Full confession—I goofed!  The following article is partially incorrect. The apple-like galls are NOT caused by one of the generations of a cynipid wasp, but rather by Polystepha pilulae, a midge, a mere dipteran, not a noble hymenopteran.  … Continue reading

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Beans and Butterflies

My Dad stopped and stared at some plants in our yard, then turned to stare at me.  “Did you just forget to pull these things?” he asked.  “Because if you did, I can do it for you now.” “No”, I … Continue reading

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The Golden Invasion

Koganemushi froze, senses alert for danger as it detected motion.  It raised its tiny oars in defense, then tucked and rolled, releasing its devastated leaf in a desperate bid to disappear beyond my sight.  Too late.  Before it could turn … Continue reading

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We Hardly Knew Ye……

The Great Southern Brood has flung its fling, sung its songs, flown its flights, sowed its seeds. A few lonely latecomers still flit around, looking a little lost, wondering where the big party is, but the waves of red-eyed revelers … Continue reading

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Troubling a Star

“All things by immortal power Near or far, Hiddenly To each other linked are, That thou canst not stir a flower Without troubling of a star.” — Francis Thompson Having never been a father, I have to take my Father’s … Continue reading

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The Great Southern Brood

The Great Southern Brood is in our backyard, playing out a small part of its epic history here during these hot, oppressive days of late May, early June—-days more reminiscent of July and August than of this supposed pre-summer interlude.  … Continue reading

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