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Weeks before attracting larger palates with ripening fruit,
blackberry brambles invite the pollinating flights of more modest appetites.

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Analeptura lineola, one of the long-horned beetles known as “flower longhorns,”
busily feeds at a blackberry flower.



ItCRC icon’s time!

The 18th Annual
CRC Streams Cleanup

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Join other great friends of the streams for all or part of the cleanup.

Simply click the image at left or visit the CRC website here to choose one of several locations along Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks (including a couple sites along Little Crum Creek!)

In addition to a list of cleanup sites, the CRC website offers online registration (gets you a free t-shirt!) and other useful details (incl. a free picnic afterward at Ridley Creek State Park!).

See you there!

(CRC is also on something called facebook.)

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 Still and cold …

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 Little Crum Creek flows on




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Sometimes, in spring,
chelonian patience rewards a soft gaze

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as when a passing cloud unveils
the hidden carapace of an ancient turtle

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that smartly recedes from any hint of a chase.

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But then in fall, over twenty yards from the water,
a recently hatched snapper

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pauses perilously at noon
underfoot on the lawn
for any to see


before proceeding at dusk, toward the brush and the trees,
and a home in the creek.




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Feeding among clusters of pending white snakeroot blooms,

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an orange assassin bug (Pselliopus barberi) proves the point of its name.





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Unlike a pipevine swallowtail, the poisonous butterfly whose appearance it mimics,
and a dark form tiger swallowtail, which it also resembles, this spicebush swallowtail
displays two rows of orange spots on the underside of its wings

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 and opens its ivory-spotted, blue & black back to the sun along Little Crum Creek.

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Occasionally mowing rouses a colorful escapade before the mower’s blades,
such as the black and orange blur of a banded tiger moth’s flight,*

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which often ends with a moth wedging itself head first
between blades of grass where it lands.

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And so, briefly, I detained this one for the simple reason
of sharing the lively colors of a coming season.

*Reportedly moths of the Apantesis genus can be difficult to distinguish. But I’m winging it here and identifying this one as the banded tiger moth (Apantesis vittata) because of the solid black border of the hindwing (differentiating it from the often spotted black border of the harnessed tiger moth, Apantesis phalerata).  As always, corrections welcome!





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