Sunday, May 17, 2009

The internet will not replace books...

...is this evening's lesson.

The veery doesn't really care either way -- "Just leave the trees alone," he says. "Fiber optic cable lining a narrow dirt lane in the Sourlands? Doubt the phoebe would get too much use out of it. Already have the phone lines. Serves those bluebirds, too. Books? Birds don't get much use out of them." The veery sighs, "Vvveeer."



Well, a book on insect would have helped me identify even one of these insects. I am afread the internet did not.

Centipede in the garden, discovered after removing sheet mulching (newspaper). I searched the web for "orange and black centipede". I determined that there may be a centipede with the common name "orange and black centipede" in the eastern US which looks nothing like this centipede. Also possibly exists in Australia.

Baltimore checkerspot in the meadow near a patch of turtlehead. The internet was not used to identify these caterpillars. I flipped open to Brushfoots section in a 500 page book on caterpillars. Lucky break.

Spidermites on diabase? The micro-scarlet tanager.

Shield bug, stink bug. Internet of no appreciable assistance on this one. I am certain that it is not the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys). Thank you, co-op extension.



Winged emerald insect on bladdernut leaves. Internet search for "green winged insect" "north america"? Good luck. It's not the horrendous, invasive emerald ash borer or a gypsy moth. Really narrowed that one down!


Little insect on spent wild geranium flower. Wonder why insects spend time on flowers going to seed? Is this insect piercing the wall of the forming seed?


This little bluebird egg was laid three days ago. One more was laid yesterday. I saw the lady bluebird enter the nest box today. I bet there is another egg. The creatures in the eggs are waiting for a feathered body to warm them into a fuller existence.


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