Comment Archives: stories: Life + Outdoors: HumBug

Re: “Killer Fungus and the Return of Butterflies

Watching closely a pair of cabbage butterflies one morning, I observed the entry of another. One original continued visiting the mustard flowers without response, while the other, belying the human presumption that they flit rather aimlessly, arrowed to the new visitor.
They interacted in what seemed far more to be a chase pattern, until the third left the local environs.
Because I'm more familiar with watching such larger organisms as bison flit about mate-guarding, I'm biased. But all animals are equipped with efficient senses and contingent responses. While I don't know if the tiny beauties experience testosterone and AVP , prepared to brawl over females, I do suspect that mate-guarding is a probability, and the aerial dogfight I saw was not at all invitational.
Flowers do take a day to replenish nectar (as do we all), and the fierce hummingbird does drive away his offspring when he feels it is time they should attend more distant colleges elsewhere.

Posted by george mira on 03/29/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “HumBug: Wings of the Fly

Great information. Love this column.

Posted by Rick Markgraf on 03/11/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “HumBug: By the River and Under the Sand

So glad you added the part about churning up "empty" sand. Many plants are also dependant upon these "barren" dunes etc.

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Posted by Cameron Anderson on 01/24/2018 at 7:33 PM

Re: “HumBug: Winter Butterflies

Just read an article 2 days ago that said butterflies predate flowers...... Let that sink in Glen Franco Simmons...... Buddy o pal buddy...... And yeah anything toxic is not good in the garden or anywhere on Mother Nature's Green Earth...... The volcanoes explode and earthquakes shake and water topples mountain tops to beaches.......natural toxic versus head up ass toxic......

Posted by HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE on 01/12/2018 at 12:06 AM

Re: “HumBug: Winter Butterflies

One way to make it so more butterflies survive is to not use toxic sprays in your yard. Great photos and post.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 01/08/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “HumBug: Bugs in the Wood

Love to read Humbugs. So informative. Great pictures, too.

Posted by Rick Markgraf on 12/21/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Little Bugs, Little Biters

Do you mean asynchronous muscle *activation*?

Posted by bonmom on 11/30/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Black Light Party

Another beautiful example of thought, precise writing, and humor from Humbugs!. Keep Tony Westkamper writing!

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Posted by Alineglish on 09/30/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “The Dead and the Glowing

Scorpions were/are quite common in northwest Sonoma county where I grew up. We periodically found them in the house, our shoes, etc. I have yet to see one here in Humboldt.

Posted by Zeke Smith on 01/28/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Bugs in Winter

Marvelous! Philosophy included with your entomology -- no extra charge!

Posted by Alineglish on 01/07/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Impostors and Bloodsuckers

There are preparations for 'freezing' warts that come with 6-8 mm pads that would be perfect for this I think. Instead of pressing the pad to the skin, you could press the tick between the pad and another solid object like the end of a nail file.

Posted by Lorenzo LaRue on 04/28/2015 at 8:18 PM

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