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.

Happy Vernal Equinox

On this day with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, I bring you two insects.

By | March 20th, 2017|Dragonflies, Earth and Sky, Tiger Beetles|0 Comments

The Year in Flight

Moths and butterflies were big in my world in 2016 — and abundant. Below is the Year in Flight — a menagerie from 2016.

By | December 26th, 2016|Birds, Butterflies, Moths, Tiger Beetles|2 Comments

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.

By | July 22nd, 2016|Butterflies, Insects, Tiger Beetles|1 Comment

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 High Island, Texas, on April 22, 2010. Name it and win $5 off any of my outings or workshops. Submit your answer in the comments section. I’ve only been posting correct answers (and Sara Backer creations), so don’t be bashful about guessing. These are fun. Maybe I’ll accept some from blog readers. Send me an email.  Here is a compilation of all seven What’s This? posts. By the way, we have a winner … […]

By | May 23rd, 2013|Tiger Beetles, What's This?|3 Comments

Flight Happens

Common Loon / © Bryan Pfeiffer 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 the spotting scopes. A Winter Wren exploding in song in full-frontal view on a log. And Common Loons investigating a nest site. We noted 64 bird species in total at Berlin Pond this morning. That list is below. But insects also launched today. I noted nine butterfly species on the wing: Black Swallowtail, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (photo below), Cabbage White, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Comma, Green Comma and Dreamy Duskywing. Dragonflies matched with nine of their own: Springtime Darner, Dusky Clubtail, Twin-spotted Spiketail, Stream Cruiser (below), American Emerald, Beaverpond Baskettail, Uhler’s Sundragon, Eastern Forktail and a Bluet species. And the tiger beetle list included Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Claybank Tiger Beetle and Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (below). Onward to the season of flight. Here are more big photos. […]

By | May 18th, 2013|Birds, Birdwatching, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Tiger Beetles|0 Comments
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