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The Extinction of Meaning

My essay on extinction, a rare butterfly, threats to the Endangered Species Act — and us.

The Washington Post’s Fake News on Dragonflies

The Washington Post published an article yesterday crediting rainfall this summer for elevated dragonfly activity. Fake news! Here's my letter to the editor.

By | August 14th, 2018|Dragonflies, Dragonfly Society of the Americas|16 Comments

Giant Butterflies in Montpelier

If you've got no plans to watch butterflies in Texas or California or even the wilds of Vermont anytime soon, wander down Main Street here in Montpelier. Stop at Capitol Copy to see some giant butterflies in the front window.

By | August 11th, 2018|Butterflies, Montpelier|3 Comments

When a Bluet Ain’t Blue (It’s Good News Here in Vermont)

CONGRATULATIONS, VERMONT. You've got a  new damselfly. Its name is sort of an oxymoron. You know the bluets, right? Those little blue and black damselflies we're seeing at water's edge? Yeah, bluets are blue ... [...]

By | August 7th, 2018|Dragonflies, Vermont Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas|9 Comments

Montpelier Goes Wild

Spring Salamander and Summer Azure. Lesser Purple-fringed Orchid and Greater Celandine. Pineapple-Weed and Chocolate Tube Slime Mold. They were all among the more than a thousand living things we discovered here in Montpelier this past weekend.

Check Out These Checkerspots

Thaddeus William Harris might have liked this series of images, including a mating pair of Harris' Checkerspots and the female's eggs on her host plant, Flat-topped Aster.

By | June 22nd, 2018|Botany, Butterflies|5 Comments

Insects: In the Air and On the Air (with me) Today

Tune in and bug out with me and Kent McFarland today on Vermont Public Radio's annual insect show.

The Little Blue That Couldn’t

Here's a case of unrequited affection between a pair of little butterflies known as Silvery Blues (Glaucopsyche lygdamus).

By | June 6th, 2018|Being Outside, Butterflies, Insects|5 Comments

A Snail’s-Eye View in the Hardwoods

If you walk the hardwood trails too fast, you will miss one of our most elegant flowers of spring.

By | May 28th, 2018|Botany|1 Comment

A Flock of Sunrises and a Singular Sunset on Monhegan Island

Yes, the dawn can glow through the fog on Monhegan Island. But these sunrises were tiny warblers, glimmering for us birdwatchers in hues of red, orange, yellow, bay, blue and green.

By | May 24th, 2018|Birds, Birdwatching, Migration, Monhegan Island|0 Comments
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