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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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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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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The day was hot.  Nearly one hundred degrees.
Two crows struck a voiceless pose on their shade perch by the creek.