A challenge to understand what you are seeing…and a rare treat.

Insect moth opening wings

This is a moth that has just emerged from its pupa. It is drying its wings in the afternoon sun as the veins in its wings slowly fill up with fluid. The veins in the wings are not completely filled so the wings are an odd shape. It cannot fly yet. Eventually the veins will fill and stiffen to support the wing structure you expect to see on a moth, as long as a bright-eyed bird doesn’t spot it in its current immovable state.

Earth Day revisited


Your difficult job is to save the delicate native Trout Lily by pulling out the dominant Lesser Celandine and its bulblets. Its speckled leaves remind me of fishing for brook trout with my grandfather deep in the Adirondack forests.

This cheerful flower, also known as Fig Buttercup, was brought from Europe as an ornamental. It creates a dense carpet (check out its sturdy, overlapping leaves) that prevents native ephemerals like trout lily, bloodroot and wild ginger from surviving. I know it’s cute but be strong!

Let sleeping wasps lie.

Insect wasp sleeping

But I had to keep watching the sleeping wasp in first rays of sun.

Insect wasp sleeping 2

First movement was both antennae! The screen helps you see the change. According to Google, wasps don’t sleep as we know it but they do not fly after dark. I can report that this wasp stayed totally still for the 1/2 hour+ that I watched it as the sun rose.