Category Archive: plants

Host and Guests – Texas Dandelion

While gathering flowers for dye, I found a lot of different insects using the Texas Dandelion as a host plant.  You can click on the images to see them larger. If you would… 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

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

Nightly Forest Report

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles, in May of 2014.  When I started this blog about nature, I thought it fit better here.  I have… 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

Possibly Chihuly Could Do It Justice

Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists.  His glass artworks are often inspired by nature, and they also complement natural settings. When I go to Las Vegas, Nevada, I always go to… Continue reading

Life and Death on a Wildflower

The Brown-eyed Susans are in bloom, and they are busy places in the insect world. This time of year there is so much wildlife moving around, I can barely keep up with editing… Continue reading

Host and Guests – Showy Primrose

Who is out and about in the Showy Primrose flowers? Another great nymph photo on BugGuide.net. This beetle is named for the Stillingia plant it is often found on. More information about it… Continue reading

Questions and Answers

Sweet Color

Fairweatherpaddler at Home Grown Heaven was asking about the sweet gum tree in my last post.  The Arbor Day Foundation tells me that its Latin name is Liquidambar styraciflua, it is native to… Continue reading