Category Archive: insects

What Butterfly Has Its Name Printed on Its Wing?

Spring is here and the woods are full of butterflies. The butterfly that has its name printed right on its wing is a Question Mark.  (A Comma is also a correct answer, and… Continue reading

The Thousand-Footed First-Footer

You may have heard of the Scottish tradition of First Footing — that to start the New Year off right, the first person to cross your threshold should be a dark-headed male, carrying… Continue reading

Ant Mimics

On Thanksgiving Day, I walked off the turkey by exploring my mother-in-law’s yard for wildlife.  Deep in the brush, I saw a warbler that I could never get a good look at, I… Continue reading

A Sharp Dressed Bug

I found this bug yesterday, on a very decrepit goatweed plant.  I have been reading The Practical Entomologist by Rick Imes, and learning the basic insect orders, so I recognized that this is… Continue reading

Damselflies

We have had a very warm November.  Last night we had some rain, and then a cool clear morning, but by this afternoon it was about 75 degrees again.  As I walked near… Continue reading

Wasp Mimics, Plant Toxins, Possible Dyes, and Some Really Big Words

During the summer I take way more photos of bugs than I have time to identify.  As I edit them, I print one out, mark it with the date, and toss it in… Continue reading

Super Moon, Night Two

I had so much fun photographing in the dark on Monday night, that I went back out last night. First of all, I noticed two fish, stationary in the shallows of our pond. … Continue reading

While Waiting for the Super Moon…

…I noticed insects utilizing the dog fennel plants. Dog fennel, also known as Yankee weed, looks lovely and feathery in the summer, like asparagus fern.  But this time of year it looks blowsy… Continue reading

Hill Country Butterflies and Friends

Over the weekend, we went to a friend’s wedding, which was held in a grove of oak trees on a ranch near Austin.  The location was phenomenal, the weather cooperated, and it was… Continue reading

Caterpillars and Moths

We are having a warm fall, and I found two caterpillars late in October. I was excited to find this caterpillar munching on one of our invasive trees, the Chinese tallow.  If I… Continue reading