Posts Tagged ‘hudson valley’

~good evening, ma’am~

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

A Broad Necked Root Borer, aka Prionus laticollis, went a-courtin’… Nah, the males are just attracted to light… insistently attracted.

~insect in flagrante~

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Teeny tiny acrobats braved the summer breezes in my Karl Foerster grass this afternoon. Japanese Beetles are known to ravage gardens (as though the damn deer and woodchuck were not sufficient), but are also of the Scarabaeidae family, and so, feel lucky–especially when (determinedly) getting lucky.

~blue dasher~

Monday, July 6th, 2020

~eastern cicada killer wasp~

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Eastern cicada killer wasp and the echinacea she thinks she owns.

~ghost flower~

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

This weekend, dear friends came up to stay in our guest digs and meet us on the porch for some experimental socially distanced revelry.  On the fourth, we spatchcocked a chicken (along with grilled peaches and grilled Caesar salad) and christened our new-to-us bbq, but first hiked a nearby conservancy we’d yet to visit. The […]

~re-birthday~

Friday, June 26th, 2020

A few days ago, at the peak of the monsoon that shrouded my birthday, I went to my garden to refill the birdbath and found a tiny, silvery moth floating on its surface. Thinking it hindered by wet wings, I slipped a leaf beneath to offer a bit of traction, but the moth seemed beyond […]

~miss willmott’s ghost~

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Closing the Year One garden on the anniversary of our house purchase. Over the last six months, I’ve been (some might say obsessively) tending a half acre of invasively planted land, which had been abandoned for a quarter century. The monster bittersweet vine which enveloped and crushed the round porch, for example, inspired the delicate […]

~scarabaeidae~

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

New moon scarab sighting! The Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) has felt like a spirit animal from way back, a messenger of transformation, crossroads. I’ve never seen one this close—they have amazing antler antennae! The interwebs says the plates at the ends are called lamellae, and can be compressed or fanned out like leaves to sense […]

~dandy in the underworld~

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Dead moth and burgeoning butterfly balanced the equinox scales today.

~impish arachnid~

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

A striped stockinged spider dangled from our eaves, swinging wide arcs in the almost autumn breeze. It seemed to be playing, adjusting height to catch the best wind—now at my eye level, now up to the second story—and let me join in, trying mostly in vain to follow its impish swoops with my clumsy digital […]

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