Archive for December, 2011


Critter of the Year

December 23, 2011

As I close out 2011, the one species that marks the year is a moth. Those who read these notes regularly may remember that last summer I went a little… [Continued]


Bird Galleries Update

December 18, 2011

Well, it’s winter, and there isn’t as much happening out of doors. This is the time of year when I try to bring my photo galleries up to date. First… [Continued]

Summer Azure

An Azure update

December 9, 2011

Immediately after posting my Note on Azures, I had a bit of an epiphany. In researching Azures, I repeatedly came across the name David Wright. From time to time, I… [Continued]

Azure nectaring at violet


There is a  family of very small butterflies known as the Blues, which includes a group called Azures (genus Celastrina). They are complex. They didn’t used to be. When I… [Continued]

Harvester Butterfly with Pipe organ mud dauber

Serendiptera–the Unexpected Winged Insect

December 6, 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, in July, I spent a lot of time “hanging out” at a local pond, trying to get one real good shot of an… [Continued]



December 3, 2011

I am not a “lister.” Oh, I make lists; I’m just too absent minded to keep them. I do, however, go on quests. I have grail plants, grail critters, and… [Continued]

Wooly Alder Aphids (Prociphilus tessellates)

Alder State of Awareness

December 2, 2011

For any of the numerous people who passed by on that country road on Sunday, it would not be an unreasonable question to ask, “Why is that fat man walking… [Continued]

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