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Nearly escaping notice: a small still moment
in a red-banded hairstreak’s day

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under leaf out of sun
orbweaver
turned on its horizon

Araneus niveus (no common name)
on ruby spice summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

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Also drawn to the sunning white buds of Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) —
a clouded plant bug (Neurocolpus nubilus).

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WordPress recently wished some little crum creek a happy 5th anniversary.
That’s hard to believe!  But unposted encounters do pile up over the years.
So it seems fitting to revisit some lingering conundrums.

For example, putting names to the various creatures here can be tricky.
To confirm this particular skipper (Hesperiidae family of butterflies),
I reached out to BAMONA.

Turns out to be a female sachem (Atalopedes campestris),
an early arrival on the butterfly bush back in May 2012.

Though I’ve not yet spotted one this spring,
we should have a pretty good idea of what to watch for!

 For help with skippers and other butterflies, the following sites have been great resources:

Skippers of the Northeast (excellent short videos)
Nature Photography by Bob Moul (incredible photo galleries)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA, my go-to for verifying IDs)
Winged Beauty (Jeff’s pictures of skippers are just a part of his great project)

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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.

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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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