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Quest Bugs Redux

May 4, 2014

There are several species of butterfly that emerge in late April to early May. This year, spring was very slow to appear, so my records seem to run a little… [Continued]

Horned Lark

Gentille Alouette

April 13, 2014

For those who have noticed a dearth of notes, let me say that I only post a note when I learn something, and there is nothing like a long cold… [Continued]


Out on a Limb

December 4, 2013

I normally like to be fairly certain about the identities of the critters I post in these notes, but sometimes I just have to go out on a limb. Leaving… [Continued]


Hurricane Sallies

October 27, 2013

Outdoors folks get excited, and rightly so, about vernal pools.  Vernal, of course refers to springtime, and one of these fishless puddles, smack in the middle of a to-all-appearances-dead March… [Continued]

Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha pholus)

Early Goldenrod

August 26, 2013

What a difference 600 feet makes. In my back yard, the Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) is just breaking into bloom. Less than 25 miles west-southwest and a little more than 600… [Continued]


Considerate Lilia

August 20, 2013

No, this note is not about a considerate lady named Lilia. The title is in Latin (considerate sorta rhymes with “a cup of latte”). So, as the many Latin scholars… [Continued]


Shootin’ Dragons

June 22, 2013

There is a small pond nearby that hosts great numbers of dragonflies. It is large enough to pull in the bigger dragonflies, but it is small enough that I can… [Continued]


Common Ringlet

June 11, 2013

Last year I was up in Centre County on 16 May, and I saw a butterfly that I had never seen before. I only managed to get one lousy photo… [Continued]



May 23, 2013

I almost missed it. It was right in front of me, and I almost missed it. I was even looking down, looking for wildflowers, and I didn’t see it. In… [Continued]


A Good Day

May 20, 2013

I try not to do this, try not to inflict one of those self-absorbed, egotistical chronicles about “what I did on the 19th of May,” but the fact is I… [Continued]

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