Category Archives: Seen

American pelecinid wasp

These wasps, species Pelecinus polyturator are almost always female, and when you see one with this elongated abdomen, you can be sure it’s female.  Since males are so rare, they mainly reproduce by parthogenesis, which is a process by which … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated hummingbird at dusk

I did not realize this was a male until I saw the flash of red.  I sat outside near the feeder for a hour at sunset into dusk, and I saw the hummingbird visit the feeder 8-10 times.  He was … Continue reading

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Coon tracks

Raccoon tracks spotted near the pond, May 7, 2011.  Distinguishable because raccoons have five toes on each foot, they have a walking pattern that produces paired tracks, and they walk flat-footed.

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Colorado Potato Beetle

Infamous for its insecticide resistance-building abilities.  Overwinters as an adult 12-18 inches under soil in potato fields.  Emerges in late spring, finds itself a potato plant, and mates.

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Nest count: a jewel among the rhubarb

Nests as of May 20, 2011 American robin – in rhubarb plant, 1 egg Eastern phoebe – in garage, 4 nestlings, 1 unhatched egg (hatched today or yesterday) Carolina wren – in garage, 5 eggs Baltimore oriole – in sugar … Continue reading

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Pine Siskin

Pine siskin, March 18, 2011 Pine siskins are small finches that often travel with their cousins, the American goldfinches.  This particular finch must have hit the window glass as it sat stunned on the feeder and lacked the normal “zippy” … Continue reading

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