Insects & Arachnids

Nature-friendly Exterminating

Nature-friendly Exterminating

When big black ants began chewing the foam insulation that had been spray-applied to the ceiling of a storage barn, I was not pleased. I purchased a spray of some sort from a garden supply, pumped...

Exploring Nature, Summer

Exploring Nature, Summer

Children in Iceland rescue young puffins at night that are attracted to town lights, and release them at coast in the morning.Watch for noctilucent clouds through August.Salmon are running in Alaska...

Our Long Wait

Our Long Wait

“You wouldn’t believe how yucky the holly bushes are!” Sheila breezed into our office, bringing with her the silken presence of fresh air. It was still March and the air was chilly, but alive with...

A Giant Among Butterflies

A Giant Among Butterflies

A dab of bird dropping rests on a leaf. It must have landed there when a bird passed over. But wait! It’s moving. It’s not a dropping after all. It is a tiny caterpillar, its coloration acting as a...

Raising Flying Flowers

Raising Flying Flowers

“Stacey, there are three caterpillars on the carrots,” Mom called from the garden. “Great!” I cheered. As soon as the backyard was all neatly mowed, I hastened to the carrot patch to fetch the plump...

What’s for Snack?

What’s for Snack?

Heat waves shimmered across the field. It was another warm day for southeastern United States. Everyone was seeking relief from the midday heat. Inside the house, I was finishing the dishes when I...

Dead, Yet Alive

Dead, Yet Alive

One balmy day during the summer of 2014, my sister and I found a deceased cicada. We deposited it in a Styrofoam container. Then we gifted it with an air freshener, a mothball. After performing...