Category Archives: Local Flora and Fauna

SITY: Early Tachinid Fly

Check out this bug that I spotted in my yard today. After consulting my field guide, I believe that this bug is an early tachinid fly (Epalpus signifer). Tachinid flies are parasitoids that are sometimes used as a form of … Continue reading

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SITY: Stealth Violets

A few days ago I spotted some violet buds that looked like they would open soon. I kept my eye on them, because I thought they would be the first violets of the year. Meanwhile, some downy violets opened in … Continue reading

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SITY: Reason to Sneeze

My allergies have been kicking up. At first I wondered why, because there aren’t many flowers blooming yet. Then I looked up, and it all made sense.

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Day 264: Springtails on Waterslides

On Thanksgiving we noticed that there were tiny bugs all over everything outside, including our trash and recycling bins, even our front door. It was an overcast day and none of the pictures I took turned out very good, but … Continue reading

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Day 242: Ready to Fly

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Do You See What I See?

Weathered wood is strangely beautiful. I often take pictures of it. There was something familiar about the lines of the weathered tree trunk pictured below, but I didn’t realize what it was until I reviewed the pictures today. Do you … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Seedy Season: Part II

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Continuing the Catalog: Part 4

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‘Tis the Seedy Season: Part I

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Berry Tempting

My field guides did not have any information on this plant, so I had to depend on the Internet. The search phrase “tree with speckled red berries” brought up results for autumn olive, and I believe that’s what this shrub … Continue reading

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