Tag Archives: Insects

Fleeting Beauty: The Tiny and the Giant

Squiddy found this tiny nymph yesterday; we thought it was a wētā, but it’s likely to have been a katydid. I coaxed it onto some dandelions and was able to make just this one photo before it jumped away. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (40): Dented Dragonhunter

Blogging buddy Mike Powell and I have been talking about how dragonflies are able to cope with apparent physical disabilities. Mike’s recent post about a tattered skimmer (here) featured one with damaged wings. I’ve seen many with similar tears and … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (36): Avast, Admiral!

While going back through my archives for today’s date in past years, I came across this photo that I made only two years ago in northern Minnesota, which somehow never quite made it into a post. It’s a red admiral … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (35): Flirting With a Fantail

Staying in the vein of the home bubble, I was working in the yard on Friday, moving a mass of mulch from its storage place at the edge of our garden to a new patch around some of our small … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Common Grass Blue

Three weeks ago, while hanging out with (while maintaining distance from) Squiddy and her two grands, she noticed a very small butterfly in one of the adjacent bushes. I was able to get one decent image before it moved on … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: Happily Hovering

Two of my blogging buddies, Mike and Pete, have just posted images of hoverflies, and I feel inspired to add one of my own. No, I haven’t seen any here in Auckland recently, but this one that I met near … Continue reading

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Isolation Antidotes (13): Trio in the Trumpets

As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, and the prospects of being able to return to Minnesota for the northern hemisphere summer unsure, I find myself basking in some of the summer photos in my archives. This one … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: My, My, More Mantises!

Back on April 3, I was adjusting the ropes on a swing that I’ve made for the grandkids in our front garden and needed to set up the ladder to do so. Its resting place is leaning against the house, … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: More Mantis (and Mum) Mugs

Events are causing our government here to take extreme and sudden measures to try to slow the spread of the pandemic. Although we here in New Zealand have been—so far—extremely fortunate with the disease’s progress, compared to many other parts … Continue reading

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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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