Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

RED ALERT

When a male dragonfly changes color — going from yellow to red — it’s a scene in a racy drama worthy of Shakespeare or a soap opera. It turns out that sometimes a male might get along better in life by impersonating a female.

Pale Beauties

Elegance now flies and blooms in shades of white. During my meanderings so far this month, I’ve found pale beauty where plants and insects converge.

“Mothpelier”

National Moth Week (I’m sure you all celebrated) ended Sunday. My celebration included three dozen moth species, a mere fraction of what came visiting my home here in Montpelier, Vermont, presented in full-frontal display here on my web site.

Crap or Moth?

Droppings from nature.

The Week in Flying Things

A state endangered butterfly. A globally vulnerable beetle. And a few common insects, including a lovely moth that resembles a pile of bird crap. So goes the week in flight.

A Complete Butterfly Life on a Single Day

From a wet meadow here in Vermont, a shocking butterfly bares it all at every stage of life.

The Other Fireworks

Bursts of color and flight from the wilds of Maine and here in Montpelier, Vermont.

The Moths of Montpelier

Got wildlife? Find the light. Here is but a fraction of the moths coming to my UV light here in Montpelier the past few nights.

Into the Wild (and Away from the Screen)

I now get to go outside and play — er, I mean work. My field season, as a consulting biologist and educator, launches like migrating warblers this week, which means you’ll find me less often here on the blog.

What’s This? No. 30

Name this bird and be eligible to win the next primary election. No, be eligible to win fame. Well, okay, maybe you’ll win five bucks.

Ghosts and Tiny Treasures — My Essay for Aeon

Ten years ago, I walked into the swamps of Arkansas to find a ghost — and perhaps some redemption for wildlife … and for us.

Sex, Light and Opportunism

Such elegant displays. Such ruthless opportunism. Find it now in sweet hardwoods near you.