Category: Wildlife

Widow Skimmer, photo by Wanda Koepf

Widow Skimmer

It’s a wonder that one of the world’s most spectacular and strongest flying insects begins life as a dingy, sinister-looking aquatic larva.  Dragonflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis; there is no pupal stage,...

American Goldfinch, photo courtesy of Gary Kramer, USFWS

Goldfinch Season

While most observers think of fall as the season for asters, goldenrods and maples, I consider it goldfinch season. This is the time of year when these handsome yellow birds...

Adult Giant Swallowtail. Photo by Celeste Morien

A Stunning Giant Swallowtail

A Giant Swallowtail nectared this week at our Monarda (bee balm or bergamot). This impressive primarily dark brown and yellow swallowtail wasn’t often seen or seen at all around Western...

Monarch Butterfly, photo by Lauren Tingco

From Milkweed to Monarchs

This morning I spotted a Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on the flowering Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in my backyard. Monarchs are from the Nymphalidae (nym-PHAL-li-dee) family, subfamily Danainae (dah-NAY-i-nee) because...

Male Luna Moth on Sweetgum Tree. Photo by Celeste Morien.

Musings on a Luna Moth

A few weeks ago, we found this gorgeous Luna Moth in our yard, near a sweetgum tree. The moth was in good condition, but seemed unable to fly. We decided...