Tag: Gardening

Host Plant Index!

This time of year, when snow is on the ground, seed catalogs begin arriving in mailboxes.  I have always loved Michael Perry’s great line from Truck: “Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than […]

Ladybugs and Citizen Science

There is a neat new project out for you to participate in: The Lost Ladybug Project. From a press release about the project: “scientists are looking for rare species, such as the nine-spotted, two-spotted and […]

Things that aren’t bees (#2)

Yesterday, I discussed a common group of flies that mimic bees and wasps. Here’s a more challenging mimic. This one is also a fly, but a pretty convincing fake bumble bee! In fact, there is […]

Things that aren’t bees (#1)

I get a lot of “what is that?!” questions, and I thought it would be fun to have a series of things that look like bees and wasps, but are not bees or wasps. There […]

Wheel Bugs

I have been getting a lot of questions about Wheel Bugs this fall, for some reason. They are fairly big, and pretty unusual looking.  Their most characteristic feature is a round, cog-looking wheel on their […]

Donors Choose Insect Challenge!

If you didn’t hear about it, there is a Blogger Challenge for DonorsChoose.org: “DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web […]

September Garden Report

As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’m off into the wilderness again–this time to the Black Rock Forest in NY.  I’ll be attending the OBFS Annual Meeting from the 16th to the 21st.  […]

Mosquito 86

Hanna at This Garden is Illegal recently reviewed a product called the Mosquito 86: “As was pitched by the representative of the company, the Mosquito 86 is “a new, innovative way to eliminate mosquitoes in […]

95th Skeptics’ Circle!

Yep, it’s up over at the Skeptic’s Dictionary! Check out the latest revelations of Nostradamus. Sort of. Since I’ll be quite busy Friday learning to band geese (or at least being pooped on by geese), […]