It’s A Girl!

This morning I stepped out on the screened porch to check on the monarch pupae that are hanging out there. We make sure to leave most of the caterpillars in our yard alone- but this year we raised a few. It is really hard not to pick up a caterpillar that is lumbering around right…

So Much Water

Florence blew through our yard without causing too much trouble. She tossed some limbs around and created this handy beagle ramp over our back fence. A short power outage and many inches of rain later- she has finally left us. Buddy is very content with his current situation and does not seem to be plotting…

It’s a Bug Eat Bug World Out There

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been admiring all the different insects in my milkweed patch. I’ve been seeing several newcomers with either orange and black or red and black markings. They are truly striking little bugs. They move quickly and are difficult to get a picture of. Anchor Bug Stiretrus anchorago nymph…

Milkweed Rules

Years ago, on the afternoon of my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, I asked her how it went. “Not good,” she said. “There are too many rules.” “Rules are ok,” l said. “We have rules.” “No we don’t.” “Sure we do,” I paused, trying to think of one. “Don’t hurt others… that’s a rule.” “Well,…

Bees in the Pool

This year we added honey bees to our yard. They promptly took over one of our bird baths- spiraling down for a drink and a waggling conversation with the bee next to them. Since it was difficult to have a proper bee conversation on a narrow rim of slippery glass, they left the glass bird…