Wandering Woolly Bears

Our yard has been full of woolly bears this year. Lately, it seems as if they are everywhere I look. They are among the most recognized and well-loved caterpillars. I can see why- they are adorable. If there is a survival benefit to being a fuzzy little guinea pig mimic- then these little creatures have…

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…

Hungry Caterpillars

My yard is filled with many little caterpillar faces peeking out from under milkweed leaves. They munch with such concentration that they do not seem to notice me peering at them. It’s as if they know the milkweed supply is dwindling and they’d better eat fast. I originally thought the large hairy brown caterpillar above…

Bearded Snail

Our milkweed has much more than Monarch Caterpillars feeding on it. I am constantly finding new inhabitants. This wet summer has been great for the snails, I love watching them look at things with their round eyes atop stretchy stalks. I don’t know anything about identifying them, so for now, I am calling this one…

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,…