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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On the Wing

Damselflies and moths

(November 29, 2018) Damsels in fall The unseasonably warm and dry weather seems to be allowing some species of insects to linger later in the year than I've seen before. Among them are...

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Creepy Crawlies

(October 25, 2018) Creepy, Cute and Unusual Looking closely at more crawling critters than most folks, you'd think I'd get used to them. But there is one critter that still holds a Class...

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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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