Bryan's Posts About Insects

What’s This? No. 10

Today’s What’s This? – Number 10 in the series – amounted to shock and awe on the mountain, something I’ve never before seen. I shot it today (June 13) on the trail up Mt. Worcester in central Vermont. (A Bicknell’s…

Insect Illumination

Joining me this year for Vermont Public Radio’s annual Insect Show was my pal and insect intellect Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Listen to the show whenever at VPR.net. You can also learn how to catch a…

What’s This? No. 9

The What’s This? challenge returns after a week of my chasing birds around northern Vermont and New Hampshire. Some of those highlights included two Bicknell’s Thrushes singing off the summit of Vermont’s Mt. Worcester on Monday, June 10, and a Tennessee…

Painted Skimmer in Vermont

David Hoag, a skilled observer of flying things, found and photographed this Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) on his home turf of Grand Isle, Vermont, on June 3. (Sorry about the belated report; I’ve been busy myself chasing flying things.) This…

What’s This? No. 7

If What’s This? No. 5 was too easy and What’s This? No. 6 was tough, here’s one I’ll rate moderate in level of difficulty. (It’s got a decent beat and it’s okay to dance to.) I shot this one in…

Flight Happens

May 18, 2013: A breakout day for flying things. It began on one of my guided bird walks to Berlin Pond: Virginia Rail at our feet. Yellow Warblers glowing above. Scarlet Tanager, in a naked white ash, fully framed in…

What’s This? No. 3

This came from a woods road in Pownal, Vermont, on May 30, 2008. The first to name it wins fame on bryanpfeiffer.com and $5 off any of my outings or workshops. Keep reading to learn the answer and see full-frontal photos.

Dragonfly Swarms

Those mobs of airborne dragonflies you’re seeing are either on the hunt or in migration. Here’s the scoop on dragonfly swarms.

The Buzz on Bumblebees

WOODSTOCK, VT – In the delicate and passionate matters of “the birds and the bees,” Vermont may have no greater authority than Kent McFarland. Courtship and reproduction occupy a good portion of McFarland’s workday. No breeding behavior is too racy,…