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Naturespeak: A Little Blue on Poo
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2009, 09:00:44 PM »

A Little Blue on Poo
30 July 2009, 8:26 pm



It’s often said that beauty is only skin deep and that butterflies are free.  When these two old saws are combined, the natural conclusion could be that beautiful butterflies are free to be shallow. This, of course, is...

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Naturespeak: The One that Got Away
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2009, 11:20:49 AM »

The One that Got Away
14 August 2009, 10:41 pm



I was surprised to find a Luna Moth on the porch yesterday morning.  Even though this species is very common, it’s always a rare pleasure to come upon one of these emerald beauties – especially when they come to ...

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Naturespeak: Dog Day Foresight
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2009, 11:20:49 AM »

Dog Day Foresight
18 August 2009, 7:37 pm



I really can’t imagine what any given Polyphemus caterpillar is thinking at any given moment. I’m pretty sure that a majority of their microscopic ganglia are firing off  food thoughts, however. There is simp...

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Naturespeak: Bob Right?
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2009, 11:20:49 AM »

Bob Right?
21 August 2009, 9:49 pm



When I spotted a covey of Bobwhite Quail the other day, I instantly slammed on the car brakes as I performed a double-take. The fowl gang, consisting of about 17 immatures and a few adults, were lined up at the edge of the ro...

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Naturespeak: Lucky Black Squirrels
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2009, 11:25:47 AM »

Lucky Black Squirrels
24 August 2009, 4:42 pm



Black Squirrels are inspirational creatures. Their sleek form and slightly skunky appearance are always cause for a second glance. Most people can tell you if there are black squirrels in their neighborhood even though they...

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Naturespeak: Not Just Hanging Around
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2009, 11:25:47 AM »

Not Just Hanging Around
27 August 2009, 9:19 pm



I was prompted to return to the subject of Viceroys because of a beautiful green example I found earlier in the week. Viceroy butterflies, while always orange and black as adults, come in green or brown models as larvae. The...

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Naturespeak: A Quill Pig Interrupted
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2009, 11:25:47 AM »

A Quill Pig Interrupted
31 August 2009, 6:18 pm



Up in the north country of Michigan – north of the so-called Bay City/ Muskegon line – porcupine road kills are about as common as possum kills “downstate.”  Because of their naturally slow nature (to...

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Naturespeak: A Quill Pig Interrupted – Part II
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2009, 11:30:52 AM »

A Quill Pig Interrupted – Part II
3 September 2009, 9:40 pm



In the first installment I deliberately avoided the prickly subject of porcupine quills so that we could give them the attention they are due. North American porcupines, in spite of their many charms and features, are only ...

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Naturespeak: Goatsucker on High
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2009, 11:30:52 AM »

Goatsucker on High
6 September 2009, 12:18 pm



Nighthawks are part of a group of insect eating birds known as Goatsuckers. This less than flattering name originated from an archaic farmer belief that these fowl were to blame when their dairy goats inexplicably went dry. Th...

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Naturespeak: Dead Stick Walking
« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2009, 11:30:52 AM »

Dead Stick Walking
9 September 2009, 8:51 pm



There are over 40 species of Walking Sticks in North America, but I’m pretty sure that the one I encountered was the so-called Northern Walking Stick (Diapheromera femorata).  It helps to know that this is one of the c...

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Naturespeak: So Called the Fairy Ground
« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2009, 11:35:52 AM »

So Called the Fairy Ground
13 September 2009, 8:41 pm



If you walk around a fairy ring nine times, they say one of two things will happen. Either you will open up the portal to the elfin underworld (a place where midget gangsters hide, I guess) or you will neutralize any magical ...

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Naturespeak: Rockabye Eagle
« Reply #26 on: September 16, 2009, 10:51:06 PM »

Rockabye Eagle
16 September 2009, 9:03 pm



It’s not something that you want to do often, but it needs to be done. Every now and then you have to get hold of your captive Bald Eagle and give him a vaccination shot for his own good. The West Nile vaccine must be ad...

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Naturespeak: Along Came a Spider
« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2009, 10:45:32 PM »

Along Came a Spider
19 September 2009, 9:53 pm



Goldenrod crab spiders are well near impossible to see when in their proper place. When nestled in amongst the bright yellow flowers of a Goldenrod flower they become deadly masters of disguise able to grab visiting insects wi...

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Naturespeak: What Would Gerridae Do?
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2009, 01:47:01 PM »

What Would Gerridae Do?
23 September 2009, 12:42 pm



Don’t tell anyone, but I can walk on water. Mine is strictly a seasonal talent, mind you. I can only do it during the wintertime but my ability is real none-the-less. I happen to share this limited talent with a group of...

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Naturespeak: Common Beauty
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2009, 05:24:55 PM »

Common Beauty
27 September 2009, 3:56 pm



If I’ve ever seen a prettier Painted Turtle I can’t recall. My wife and I were out for some early morning fishing on “our” lake when we noticed a turtle poking about in the vicinity of our bobbers. Pret...

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