Nature Discoveries

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.
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
August 19, 2020

Watching Swallowtail Butterflies

The whimsical flutter of swallowtails over a field of flowers is magical and soothing. During this pandemic summer, I am enjoying watching [...]
July 28, 2020

The Popular Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) deserves its status as one of the most popular mainstream native wildflowers for garden [...]
July 9, 2020

The Dainty but Ferocious Damselfly

The very name Damselfly creates a docile image of these small insects that live in and around our pond. But this is no damsel in distress.
June 24, 2020

Our Transformation to Native Plants

Our story about transforming a fallow cornfield to a native plant meadow and garden landscape that attracts wildlife.
June 9, 2020

Calligrapher flower flies are great beneficial insects

Calligrapher flower flies are top contenders for best beneficial insects you can have in your garden. You probably have Calligraphers and don’t know it [...]
May 28, 2020

Golden Alexanders Support Tiny Wildlife

    The first big wave of showy color in our meadow each spring is the native plant Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea). The tiny wildlife […]
May 15, 2020

Camouflaged Caterpillar

I had been staring into a recently planted Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) and suddenly found a caterpillar that camouflaged perfectly [...]
May 6, 2020

Hello nature enthusiasts!

We will be sharing interesting observations and photographs captured from nature around us.