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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Lines of living geometry provide sufficient pause to discover, instead of a butterfly,

two of a kind of hoop-skirted moth: Chalcoela iphitalis, the sooty-winged chalcoela,

whose caterpillars hatch in paper wasp nests, feed on the host wasp’s larvae,
occupy then vacant cells for their own metamorphosis, and emerge to resume the circle all over.

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  mown a moment remembering thyme-leaved speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia).

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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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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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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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