spring hopes                         a seedling oak                         before the deer

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Wu-men’s words meet Little Crum Creek — what then?

This is the best season of your life.”

This is the season…

This is…

This

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*Quoted verse from Wu-men Huikai, “[Ten thousand flowers in spring]”.

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unveiled suddenly under leaves scurries
a subgothic dart moth (Feltia subgothica)

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Blending life into our bend of steps where autumn falls —
a large maple spanworm moth (Prochoerodes lineola).

 

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Curiously of a sudden

a fork-tailed bush katydid (scudderia furcata)*

appears, out of somewhere, to greet

the latest monarch release.

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*Best guess. Out of the eight species of bush katydid (scudderia), the fork-tailed (s. furcata) is said to be most common. Compare scudderia at Katydids North of Mexico.

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basking on your porch cement

a sunny young goldfinch

met the cool near summer’s end

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Barely visible Myzocallis asclepiadis aphids in various life-stages

cling to the bottoms of milkweed leaves that I glean to clean

and feed to the season’s last monarch caterpillars.

All summer these underleaf-feeding aphids have been dropping what ecologist Anurag Agrawal calls “honeydew” excrement for ants and maybe others to eat on the leaftops below (a process just beyond the discretion & ability of this camera — so we’ll take his word for it).

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