Category Archives: Natural History

Back to it!

That’s quite enough of a break. Seriously, a whole year? Oh well. That’s done. Back to monthly bloggin’. Oh, and rut is starting, in case you’re curious. This guy keeps showing up in the yard. Good looking guy, but there … Continue reading

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Bye for a bit!

So. Much. To. Do. Be nice to have less to do. Maybe a weekly blog is a good thing to let go for a bit. So this is the last post of the year of 2017. In the meanwhile, you … Continue reading

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Damn diseases. Weather too nasty to go out much. Sneezing scares away the critters. Mending takes over the needlework. You will have to content yourself with this pumpkin spider seen in October.

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The lizards are cold…..

…and they’re hiding in the compost pile. So be cautious when turning. A well constructed compost pile can be an excellently warm spot to hide for heat-seeking fall lizards. This poor uncovered guy (it’s a five-lined skink, genus Eumeces, and we’re … Continue reading

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Weather is being uncooperative, making gardening unpleasant outside. At least the mushrooms are still growing. So here you go, ten days in the life of an oyster mushroom mycelium.

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Possibly the last warm day of the year, perfect for a bike ride (if you’re human) or basking (if you’re a snake), both excellent uses of a black topped bike path. At least this rough green snake thinks so. Sign said … Continue reading

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Black swallowtail chrysalis 

Time to clean the veggie yard. This dude was sheltering underneath the dead cucumber vines. It’s probably Papilio polyxenes. You can call it a black swallowtail if it’s an adult, or a parsley worm if it’s a larva.  Apparently the color of … Continue reading

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