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Insect stink bug

Info on the beautiful brown marmorated stink bug from the Dayton Daily News:

“The brown marmorated stink bugs arrived first in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 1996 on a shipping container from northeast Asia…They cannot bite or sting, but are destructive to agriculture including soybeans and corn in Ohio…Stink bugs release a pheromone to defend against predators that is typically described as the smell of “dirty socks”… Brown marmorated stink bugs communicate with each other in two basic ways: via vibrational “songs,” and via released chemicals that act as pheromones…Spray insecticides, directed into cracks and crevices, will not prevent the bugs from emerging and is not a viable or recommended treatment.”

FYI: I catch them and throw them outside ALL the time and have never smelled them.

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Skippers are fun!

Skipper

Skippers have huge eyes which make them look very cute. They are sort of triangular-shaped. They skip from blossom to blossom, rarely paying any attention to an observer. Note the interesting wing positions on this one.

Per Wikipedia: Skippers are a family, Hesperiidae, of the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). Being diurnal, they are generally called butterflies. They were previously placed in a separate superfamily, Hesperioidea; however, the most recent taxonomy places the family in the superfamily Papilionoidea. They are named for their quick, darting flight habits. Most have the antenna tip modified into a narrow hook-like projection. More than 3500 species of skippers are recognized, and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America.

What’s next for the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group?

Meet the wonderful world of women writers in southern Maryland! Come join us!

The Women's Pages

IMG_5543Exciting changes for our local gathering of dedicated writers! We’re moving to a more collective structure, sharing more retreats, and continuing to build a diverse, passionate and supportive community!

The biggest shift is that we are sharing facilitation! Instead of one person running every meeting, each of us is stepping up to share our skills and passions, and lead the group.

We’ve put a new folder with instructions for leading a meeting, and sign up sheet for leaders, readers and mailing list. So if you want to step up, we’ve made it easy!

The best thing about this change is that each leader offers her strengths and passions, and we’re all learning so much in the process.

lsIf you haven’t joined us at the Accokeek Library, every second Monday of the month, from 1:15 to 3:15, come along! If you’re already a member, sign up to lead and read, and…

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Wildflowers of August: Virgin’s Bower

Flower Virgin's Bower

Virgin’s Bower is a woody vine that blooms in August in damp soil in southern Maryland. It is a sweet-smelling clematis. It can grow to 20 feet and often covers everything in its path with so many blossoms they look like a heavy white snow. After they go to seed they are called Old Man’s Beard. Each seed has its own little gray beard.

Wildflowers of August: Rattlesnake Master

Flower Rattlesnake master

Rattlesnake Master grows in August in southern Maryland in damp areas. It is a member of the carrot family. The entire plant is bluish or grayish green. The color reminds me of Dusty Miller. The unusual flowers are prickly balls. I find them so unique that they startle me every time I see them.