Category Archives: Menagerie Monday

Menagerie Monday: Hello, Dahli—ah!

Thanks, in large part, to the continuing drought we’re experiencing here in New Zealand’s North Island, many of our garden plants are quite understandably shutting down  to conserve water and energy. But last week, before our Dahlias faded, I found … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Bush Crickets

Last week was a very good one for visitors to our Dahlia flowers, where I saw the mantis featured (here) in my post of the week before. No more mantises, though—this time, over the course of a few days, I … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Barnacle Bay

All of us are very fond of exploring the coasts, beaches, and bays around New Zealand, and we’ve found that one needn’t go very far to find some really interesting ones. Castor Bay is one of these, on Auckland’s North Shore, … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Mantis on Dahlia

There was a mantis on one of our dahlia blossoms yesterday. Fortunately, it stayed there long enough for a very nice photo session. Unfortunately, it was one of the South African invasives (Miomantis caffra), which—although not officially considered a pest … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (9)

There is a fig tree in our garden, and the figs are ripening. They are not among our personal favorite fruits, but we have tried a few, and they are better than I remember from times past (especially in the … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (8): Leggy Lurker

Just a little over a week ago I found this harvestman (order Opiliones) resting on one of our white cone flowers (Echinacea sp.) and the breeze was kind enough to pause a few times while I focused in. I am … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (7): Big Bird, Little Bird

On this very warm spring day (it topped 90°F), I was more than happy to take a break from the seemingly-endless rigmarole of planning, sorting, packing, discarding, and continuing to hoard certain things in our rather staggering stash of household … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (6): Friendly Photophile

It is my general policy, when I encounter outdoor critters in the house, to help them back to the natural environment in which they should be more comfortable. Just the day before yesterday I met a tiny mantis in Batty’s … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (5): Cicadian Rhythms

No, that’s not a typo in my title. I’m enjoying having stepped into summer again, here in New Zealand, and one of the essential songs of summer for me is that of the cicada. It has been warm enough that … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday (4): Lobos de Mar

My blogging buddy Steve Schwartzman did a post on California’s Point Lobos the other day, in which he mentioned a colony of seals on an island in his photo. They were likely California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), and I was … Continue reading

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