Category Archives: invertebrate

Fireflies aren’t quitters

So I began this post with a simple observation in my yard tonight.  There are fireflies out and it’s raining.  It’s not a hard rain, but it’s definitely raining.  The fireflies (or lightning bugs) are still going at it, though, … Continue reading

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Birding with microscopes…?

While normally I spend my time looking at big animals, there is a whole world of other things out there.  Last month, I was playing around with some water samples from Little Sugar Creek, just trying to see what was … Continue reading

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Wannhh Wannhh Wannhh

Right now, that’s the sound I hear every night (and most mornings, too).  In my mind, it’s really kind of a peaceful piece of the evening.  It’s the sound of all the cicadas in the trees.  I’ve noticed it a … Continue reading

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New construction

There’s been a lot of building going on in my neighborhood.  Unlike new housing, though, these builders are fairly quiet.  In fact, I didn’t even notice the work was happening until I sat out on my little deck yesterday afternoon. … Continue reading

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Here be dragonflies

Yes, yes, I know.  “More insects?” you say?  Well…uhm…yes.  I was out along a creek near the Catawba River again yesterday.  As I was looking around for salamanders (and listening to Red-eyed Vireos in the trees), I got distracted by … Continue reading

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Tent caterpillars and sleeping bag moths

Ok, so there are no sleeping bag moths (that I’m aware of), but there are tent caterpillars.  I first came across these animals in the middle of Missouri.   While walking around in the woods, there, we used to see … Continue reading

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