Bryan's Posts About Insects

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.

First in Flight

A moth of summer came visiting here in Montpelier yesterday. Its provenance I do not know. But it is nonetheless a sparkle for the changing season.

“To Pimp a Butterfly”

Sorry, Kendrick Lamar. You may have won a Grammy, but you got beat in the “pimping” by a lawn-care company.

Your Voyeuristic Valentine

For you on Valentine’s Day, butterflies “in love.”

“Mexicans” Across the Border

Here along the Rio Grande, wildlife knows no international borders. Here’s a damselfly, a butterfly and a bird with Mexican roots (and namesakes).

Life in Flight in the Rio Grande Valley

A sampling of life on the wing here in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Many of these butterflies, in profile, are no bigger than a nickle or so (but they are indeed priceless).

The Year in Flight

2015 is so almost over. It’s nearly history. So rather than offering you the predictable year-in-review, here’s 2016 in Preview — some of the life in flight that I expect to see in the new year. You might see it as well if you join me outside for a field trip or a seminar.

A Thousand-Year-Old Dragonfly

Here in the Chihuahuan Desert, where water is scarce and sacred, I encounter an ancient dragonfly. But what dragonfly species is it? Is it even a dragonfly? I report; you decide.

Freshly Published: The Dragonflies of Vermont

Long after we’re gone, when insects rule the world, dragonflies will rule all insects. In the meantime, here’s your new manual to dragonflies of Vermont. I’m coauthor with my pal and colleague Dr. Mike Blust.