Bryan's Posts About Insects

Giant Butterflies in Montpelier

If you’ve got no plans to visit Texas or California or even the wilds of Vermont this summer to watch butterflies, wander down Main Street here in Montpelier. You’ll see some giants.

When a Bluet Isn’t Blue

Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a  new damselfly. It’s name is sort of an oxymoron. It’s one of the bluets — those blue and black damselflies we’re seeing at water’s edge. Except it’s a bluet that’s not blue.

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.

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).

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.