Beside the compost, under the crabapple, beneath the pin oak,
barely the size of a leaf flake–clepsis peritana, the garden tortrix moth.
October 15, 2013
September 14, 2013
August 21, 2013
Some parts of our nature we might never see.
But under a rising moon, out from a waning season,
an imploring eastern screech owl sounds — savor the mystery.
August 15, 2013
“Large fly, looks like mosquito” … So began what figured to become a long, confusing internet search. But then google returned a simple result: it is a mosquito.
Toxorhynchites rutilus, the elephant mosquito, is several times larger than Little Crum Creek’s more frequently encountered mosquitoes. It is also, everafter, infinitely more welcome.
That’s because the elephant mosquito doesn’t desire blood. Both male & female prefer nectar from flowers such as the two varieties of summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) pictured above.
And that’s not all. A female will deposit her eggs in the same watery spots as bloodsuckers like the eastern treehole mosquito. That way her larvae can devour theirs. In fact, each larva might consume up to 400 other larvae. (The adventurous can watch a fascinating video of this live action on youtube.)
Now that’s one mosquito we don’t want to swat.
August 10, 2013
August 5, 2013
July 26, 2013