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08.07.2015 More backyard bugography

First of all, this is not a bug by definition.  It’s a Great Golden Digger Wasp-Sphex ichneumoneus and fairly large…about an inch long.  But it’s a gentle giant in terms of aggression towards humans and of no threat whatsoever to us. 182 more words

Nature Photography

Coastal Joe pye weed

This native perennial is extremely popular among the nectar-gatherers.  The plants in our yard managed to bloom prolifically despite being topped by deer earlier this year, and the long-lasting blooms are attracting a wide variety of insects. 116 more words

Buffet, er, bacchanal.

Amazing what a little sunshine after a rain will do.  The front yard has become a festival of insects – and none of them seemed to mind a lens a foot way from their various activities.   87 more words


The tree in our front yard had fewer caterpillars this summer, so the yard had fewer thread-waisted wasps. Instead of a daily swarm of wasps under our tree, I saw one or two a week. 255 more words


Sculpting with mud

It’s amazing what you can find in a muddy ditch in a prairie.

There were quite a few insects gathering on the edge of the mud; on closer inspection, some were actually gathering the mud. 258 more words


GIMP Trouble

GIMP 2.8.2 via ufRAW no contrast or saturation adjustment

GIMP 2.6.11 via ufRAW no contrast or saturation adjustment

Post-processing digital photographs has always intimidated me. I use GIMP (for Mac), because it is free and I think it is a good program. 553 more words