March 27, 2024

Do bugs have caring moms?

Birds and mammals are renowned for their dedication to raising young that rely on parental care. Bug bugs? While motherhood doesn’t come to mind when we think about bugs, they don't all leave their young to fend for themselves. [...]
January 21, 2024

Have you ever seen a Leafhopper?

These common insects in our yards go unnoticed - not just because of their tiny size, but also their skillful behavior to evade detection. That is, until you know how to look for one.
May 28, 2023

Cecropia NANPA Award

I'm honored to have won a Judge's Choice award from North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) with Cecropia Caterpillar’s “Blue Suede Shoes” [...]
May 26, 2023

Cecropia Cat Clowns

The large green Cecropia caterpillar with its blue suede shoes, is a delightful, clownish insect to observe [...]
May 25, 2023

Red-haired Native Bee

This lovely lady Andrenid bee, with her flashy reddish hair, stood out amongst a crowd of pollinators in our flowering Beach Plum. [...]
May 20, 2023

Antlion – an insect of the night

This Spotted-winged antlion is an exciting nocturnal find. They're large and ferocious, yet dainty like a damselfly of the night.
January 14, 2023

Moths Are Pretty Too!

Butterflies are so well loved, while their moth relatives are underappreciated and even disliked. These beautiful moth images will change your mind. [...]
October 29, 2022

Halloween Nature Surprises

Did you know that there are real-life Witches, Ghosts, Mummies, the Rising dead, and Zombies in nature?? I'll start with a Beautiful witch [...]
August 23, 2022

Xanthotype Moth

This big beautiful butterfly-like moth is mostly nocturnal, but can be active and sometimes flushed during the day. [...]
August 21, 2022

Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing Moths mimic a bumblebee that went to charm school. This day-flying moth floats gracefully around a flower [...]
August 19, 2022

Extrafloral Nectary

Candy store on a plant! This nob is an extrafloral nectar on the Senna plant. [...]
August 17, 2022

Wild Senna Flower

Here's a unique, stingy wildflower that doesn't offer pollinators any nectar [...]
August 15, 2022

American Snout

The “snout” of the American snout is actually mouth parts (labial palps)! [...]
August 14, 2022

Variegated Fritillary

Variegated Fritillaries travel north for the summer even though they can't survive our winters. [...]
August 10, 2022

Katydid Wasp

Meet the archnemesis of the leaf-rolling cricket, the Katydid Wasp. [...]
August 9, 2022

Leaf-rolling Cricket

Even though this cricket can't sing, fly or win a beauty contest, he's got some amazing attributes! I found this Carolina Leaf-roller Cricket [...]
August 8, 2022

IG Posts

I'm back to blogging - and on a more regular basis! [...]
August 8, 2022

Gorgeous grass moth

Sometimes, little moths that crash in the grass are beautiful! This Straight-lined Vaxi crambid snout moth dropped [...]
April 13, 2022

Why Landscape with Native Plants? Part 1

Why should you choose native plants for your landscapes? Because you truly can make a difference that will have a positive impact [...]
January 14, 2021

Beetles as Pollinators

While bees and butterflies are the pollinator darlings, beetles also provide essential pollinator services and deserve a little more respect [...]
December 5, 2020

Why Plant Winterberry Holly?

Winterberry Holly is a great native shrub that gets well deserved landscape attention because of its gorgeous heavy red fruit set during (guess?) [...]
October 31, 2020

Leave the Leaves

It’s fall and the leaves are decaying from their rainbow of reds, yellow, and oranges, and of course falling. But should you leave the leaves on the ground? The simple answer is yes [...]
October 21, 2020

Secretive Pumpkin Spiders

For those of you who are afraid of spiders, realize that she is more likely to see you first and go hide in her silken retreat! She’s a beautiful spider [...]
September 13, 2020

Katydids – Seen Rarely, Heard Nightly

Katydids are rarely seen, even though they’re part of the mesmerizing chorus of insects we hear every summer night. It’s late summer. As the sun sets [...]