Insects


Ceaselessly it seems waves of cicadas sound swells

and breaks upon the heat of day.

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Pictured: Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
(aka morning cicada, swamp cicada)

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Leaving the rose garden by the house, today, bent upon our knees
and close enough to kiss the ground of Little Crum Creek,

we might just listen to the stridulation of abdomen and wings
beneath the armor of a passing “Betsy” beetle–Horned passalus, Odontotaenius disjunctus–

with the urgency of, otherwise faint and muted, unsettling screams…

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One

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more

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monarch

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headed

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in due time

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for

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Mexico

 

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an earwig in its wisdom
wields its pincers toward
the folly of the world

 

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Have you seen the petition for saving 213 acres of mature forest in our neighboring watershed?  

Anyone can still read and sign the petition here

… and learn even more at Save Marple Greenspace.

 

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The fuzzy milkweed leaf — a nice spot to set

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for a four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapsus lineatus)

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done roaming the catmint

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to feed like the young.

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Sown here last year for the monarch and her brood
milkweed has grown to host a new visitor —
like this banded net-winged beetle
(calopteron discrepans, I think) —
on nearly every leaf turned

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an ancient sphinx long ago posed the riddle
whose answer all who heard were already living.

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More recent wisdom emboldens one to “live the questions now
so to grow and embody the answers tomorrow.

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These days, by Little Crum Creek, a Nessus sphinx moth (Amphion floridensis)
suspends the lesson between a beckoning lilac and its transfixed observer,

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unfurling a feeder toward ephemeral blooms before the season passes.

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