Not What it Looks Like

(November 14, 2019) A harmless imposter Being the local "bug guy," I was recently asked about a spider that looked "almost exactly like a black widow" but lacked the distinctive red hourglass...

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Out of the Water and into the Sky

Mayflies, dragonflies and damselflies

(September 5, 2019) Mayflies on the Van Duzen Getting a late start, I made my way down to the river after the sun had gone from the canyon. I noted many tiny flying...

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Unicorns

And other hard-to-find critters

(August 8, 2019) Nymphs on patrol I have seen alarmingly few dragonflies along my stretch of the Van Duzen River this year. Where I'm used to seeing dozens in a day, I'm seeing...

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Dragonflies, Daubers and Friendly Moths

(July 11, 2019) Dragonflies remembered Sometimes it takes a little excursion to get back home. A fond memory from childhood was watching eight spotted skimmer dragonflies (Libellula forensis) over the little creek at...

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Spider Eyes

(July 11, 2019) When my wife asked if I wanted to take a midnight stroll I was delighted. I was even more delighted when we saw a couple of unexpected predators. Not wishing...

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Who's Hungry?

Hunters, scavengers and carnivorous plants

(June 27, 2019) Deadly Darlingtonias About two hours north of Eureka on State Route 199, a few miles past Gasquet, a small sign announces, "Botanical Trail." It's a very short drive on...

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Bald Faced Fliers and Beetle Mania

(May 23, 2019) The bald faced truth I decided to devote this week's contribution to a single unpopular species. Known for its large size, aggressive behavior and powerful sting, the bald faced...

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Day Fliers and Night Lighters

(April 25, 2019) Between the raindrops Despite the dreary weather, life must go on. Eager to get along with their lives, our local insects show up even for the brief patches of...

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Spring Revival and Indoor Death

(March 28, 2019) Spring at last After a few false starts it feels like spring is finally underway. Days ago, a walk in the woods with my dogs produced a tick. I've...

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Throwback Crickets and Darkling Beetles

(February 28, 2019) Bugs from long ago About 30 years ago, I was riding my mountain bike in the desert north of Reno when I saw a large, shiny insect climbing up...

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HumBug: Sailors and Queens in Winter

(January 6, 2019) Winter time is a slow time for bugs. Being cold blooded the chemistry of life that powers them slows down. Many of their life cycles are adapted to spending...

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Small, Slow-moving Targets

(December 27, 2018) Rainy day locals Head's up: It's tick season again. It seems they like damp weather. My archives show photos of them primarily in April to May and December to January....

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