Bryan's Posts About Insects

Life Expressed in Flight, Poetry and Music

At long last, we here in the north will launch into spring next week. I’ll celebrate with two events. I hope to see you at either one — or both. You’ll encounter butterflies, birds, poetry and music.

My Outtake Scene from Sex, Lies and Butterflies

My outtake from the PBS special Sex, Lies and Butterflies. It lives online.

Getting the Blues

In the case of little blue butterflies known as azures, you are what you eat. Here’s my updated explainer on the blue sparkles of April.

Vermont Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas – Season Summary: 10,000 Odes and Growing

Highlights from Vermont’s year in dragonflies.

Your Best Field Guides Aren’t Apps

What’s true for movies is true for nature apps: the book is better. If you really want to learn nature, anything from bogs to bumblebees, get an actual book. Here’s my buyer’s guide.

The “Shadow” from a Halloween Dragonfly

A Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) and its shadow on the beach at Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key, Florida.

The Eclipse on the Wing of a Butterfly

The Heavens — and a total solar eclipse — reside on the wing of a butterfly.

Fly or Die: Painted Ladies on the Move

Now passing you by is one of the planet’s great events — an epic migration like no other. Painted Lady, the world’s most widespread butterfly, is on the move. We’ve been seeing them bigtime here in New England the past few weeks.

A Tiger in Vermont

Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new dragonfly — and a “new” plant.

Insect Alerts

News from the frontiers of blue butterflies and burgundy damselflies.

Vermont’s New Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas

Today we launched the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas, which allows anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy these charismatic insects.

April Clickbait

If nature blogs were as rhapsodic as BuzzFeed and other clickbait, they might read something like these.