Hunters and Gatherers

(October 4, 2018) Two Killers and a Charmer With the insect season winding down, the imported species of praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) are now mature and can occasionally be seen flying. Insects only...

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Yuck! Flies

(August 30, 2018) It may come as a surprise to some but I don't like all bugs. There are many I find despicable. Mosquitoes kill more people than lions, tigers and bears combined....

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Dead or Alive

(August 2, 2018) Beetles, Weevils and Dragonflies A recent walk along the Van Duzen River yielded a couple of interesting things. The only dragonfly I saw was a flame skimmer (Libellula saturata). This...

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Big, Ugly

(July 5, 2018) Mr. Big Moth Back when cameras used film, I noticed large sections of leaf chewed away on the madrone tree in my front yard. I found three large green caterpillars...

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Oregon Butterflies and Wasps

(June 21, 2018) One good thing about insects as a hobby is there are so many of them and they're everywhere. The high desert environment of central Oregon is so different from our...

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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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