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Graphocephala coccinea

I discovered this pretty bug today on a milkweed leaf while I was monarch egg-hunting.  Even better is its common name, the candy-striped leafhopper. It is one of the most attractive insects I’ve ever seen.  Bright pink and turquoise stripes, with … Continue reading

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Garden snails – part two

We decided to free our snails several weeks ago.  Upon releasing them to the world, it soon became apparent during cage cleaning that they’d left behind a gift – a clutch of eggs. Garden snail eggs usually hatch after 2 to … Continue reading

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Wood duck

This wood duck (Aix sponsa) was very poorly photographed yesterday during our observation of a Canada goose territory scuffle.  The wood duck flew in to the pond right in the middle of the action. I believe wood ducks to be … Continue reading

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Garden snails

We have found many different garden snails this spring, in various shades of white, brown, tan and pink.  Many were already picked over by the birds, and some of them were bleached by the sun.  We found several active snails, … Continue reading

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Ceratodon purpureus: Fire Moss

  photo taken on March 12 photo taken on March 18 (written by Sophia, age 10) This type of moss can live in very polluted areas like by the side of the road. We found some of this moss across … Continue reading

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Black swallowtail, part two, after a 6-1/2 month wait

Something I learned today:  a chrysalis is a pupa that hangs.  A cocoon is a pupa that does not.  I have usually used these two terms interchangeably. I set a black swallowtail chrysalis on the ledge in our art/science room … Continue reading

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Polyphemus Moth

Here’s a moth we found lounging on the side of a building at the local community college.  It is at least four inches across and is the most common silk moth in the lower 48 states.  It is named for … Continue reading

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Gray comma

The Polygonia progne, or gray comma butterfly, overwinters as an adult.  This fact amazes me.  Where must this creature hide to escape the bitter cold on its fragile wings?  This specimen, which spent several minutes on our deck, is part of … Continue reading

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Carolina wren fledglings

The Carolina wren babies (three of them in all) fledged today.  One accidentally fledged as Sophia was doing her daily nest check and it jumped in fear out of the nest.  It flew down behind a large pile of equipment … Continue reading

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Nests

Eastern phoebe nest (fallen from eave) Carolina wren outside her nest (which is in a detached garage) Carolina wren nesta peek at the occupants of said nest   The Baltimore oriole nest has not shown any signs of action in … Continue reading

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