Tag Archives: Insects

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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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: 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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Sweet Summer—and a Missed Milestone

As I was posting my shrouded aurora a few days ago, I realized that it was my 701st post, and that I had missed mentioning the #700 milestone when I posted the previous one (back in March—was it really so … Continue reading

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Webnesday (47)

I’ve been back in Minnesota for a month now and finally have a small window of free time from all the (several dozens of) projects that seem to keep clamoring for my immediate attention. Yesterday, as I walked through our … Continue reading

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Waving Hello to Summer

Yesterday was the first day of summer here, and Squiddy and The Elf stopped by to show us one of the local inhabitants that had chosen to help us to greet its arrival. It’s a walking stick, belonging to the … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: Solomon’s Seal

One of our favorite plants in the garden is the lovely Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum sp.). CD asked me to make a few portrait shots the other day, and the light and breeze conditions were perfect for it yesterday evening. As … 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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