Of Beetles and Gadgets

(April 26, 2018) It was cool and windy when my friend and I went for a walk at the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge. Large flocks of geese attested to the success of conservation...

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HumBug: Beetles and Gadgets

(April 12, 2018) It was cool and windy when my friend and I went for a walk at the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge area. Large flocks of geese attested to the success...

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HumBug: In-Flight Photos

(April 8, 2018) Capturing photos of tiny insects is hard enough. They move and wander off the set. They're so high contrast they can cause exposure control to go whacky. They are...

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Killer Fungus and the Return of Butterflies

(March 29, 2018) It's a jungle out there It rained the other morning, giving me an excuse to not mow and enjoy the little English lawn daisies a little longer. Small flowers attract...

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HumBug: It's a Jungle Out There

(March 22, 2018) It rained this morning, giving me an excuse to not mow and enjoy the little English lawn daisies a little longer. Small flowers attract small critters and there was...

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HumBug: A March of Butterflies

(March 15, 2018) It’s been a long, wet and cold March, but one sunny day brought out the early spring butterflies. I watched half a dozen California tortoise shells (Nymphalis californica) feed...

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HumBug: Wings of the Fly

(March 8, 2018) A reader recently suggested I write about a particular anatomical feature of the order diptera, which contains about 60,000 known species including flies, mosquitoes, crane flies, midges and gnats....

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HumBug: Bumbling into Spring

(February 22, 2018) It snowed here Monday night and has been cold for the rest of the week. Because insects are cold blooded, this means there just weren't many out and about,...

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Bugs on (and Under) Wheels

(February 15, 2018) Spiders in a car What do you do when you're driving and a spider runs across the inside of your windshield? Like any good entomological photographer, I pulled over at...

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HumBug: Home Again

(February 15, 2018) Returning from a two week vacation near Olympia, Washington, where I saw practically no bugs at all, I was greeted with a large millipede and a spider at my...

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HumBug: Spiders in a Car

(January 25, 2018) What do you do when you're driving and a spider runs across the inside of your windshield? Like any good entomological photographer, I pulled over at a safe place...

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HumBug: By the River and Under the Sand

(January 18, 2018) Here we are, middle of winter and once again I'm finding variegated meadowhawk dragonflies along the Van Duzen River, where I regularly walk. Although this is a small dragonfly,...

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HumBug: Pushing the Limits of Small

(January 11, 2018) Taking a break from splitting firewood, I noticed dozens of tiny creatures flying in the sunlight. Curious, I captured first a gall wasp, then a tiny rove beetle and,...

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HumBug: Winter Butterflies

(January 7, 2018) The winter solstice is passed but I can't see any lengthening in the days yet. It's almost not worth waking up for — at least it might seem that...

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HumBug: Heartworm

(December 31, 2017) I caught a new bug recently. Unfortunately, it was not the kind I could skewer with a pin and put in a frame, but the kind where you're supposed...

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