Category Archives: Insects

Project LBB: Drawing workflow

The somewhat disheveled and quite deceased beetle on the left is the original collected type specimen of Hyperaspis troglodytes, well over 100 years old. I obtained the image from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) entomology type database; the … Continue reading

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Project LBB: The drawing begins!

The lovely lady to the left is Cycloneda sanguinea, the Spotless Lady Beetle, the first drawing I tackled for Project LBB. (Actually the lovely lady is a male – notice the white vertical line at the center of the black-and-white … Continue reading

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Spring (finally) springing

I admit I’ve been waiting for something good to post…the year’s first lady beetle or first warbler or first life-list bird. By this time last year, I had all of those! Heck, I had a clutch of lady beetle eggs … Continue reading

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Project LBB: Preparations

I spent the first evening of Project LBB going through the invaluable lady beetle reference work by Robert Gordon, “The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico.” Published in 1985, it is out of date in some respects, but it … Continue reading

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Project LBB: What is it?

I’ve long coveted a field guide to Eastern North American lady beetles – something akin to John Acorn’s “Ladybugs of Alberta,” the only lady beetle field guide I know of. His book is fantastic, one of my favorites, but it … Continue reading

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Project Lady Beetle Book: It begins!

It starts tonight: Project Lady Beetle Book (hereafter most likely abbreviated “Project LBB”). I’ve been tossing the idea around for a while now, but finally took concrete steps toward it tonight. 4/4/2011. And…GO!

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More haiku, because they’re addictive

Indian Corn Pearlescent kernels, Nestled against their neighbors, Gems in a coffer. Cat Ears stiff as sailcloth Whiskers poised like galley oars The hunter embarks. Lady Beetle Smooth-shelled hemisphere Candy-colored polka dots Beneath: the dark jaws.

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The poetry of nature

I found a dimpled spider, fat and white
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth…

(Can you tell what kind of spider it is yet?) Continue reading

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Fall visitors: Brown marmorated stinkbugs

If you live in the East or Midwest, you’ve probably seen the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys): a shield-shaped brown insect, about an inch (25 mm) long, that’s trying to get into your house this month! I see them in … Continue reading

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Poison ivy: a burning question

[T]there really are a few benefits to humans. But as a nature-lover and birdwatcher married to a botanist, I’ve learned that poison ivy is very beneficial for wildlife! Continue reading

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