Category Archives: Insects and Spiders

An Admirable Butterfly

A few weeks ago I spotted this handsome butterfly constantly circling and landing on our white metal railing.  Even when I went out and stood next to the railing, the butterfly kept circling, landing for a moment, and then flying off to … Continue reading

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M is for Mourning Cloak

It’s a lazy late summer afternoon.  The flowers are busy with butterflies hurrying to gather nectar, mate, and lay their eggs before fall.  As I watch, a striking butterfly with dark, yellow-edged wings flutters past.  This butterfly, known as the … Continue reading

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Spotted Photo Theme: Animals

I enjoy photography, but I have no interest in becoming a professional photographer.  As I have written before, photography is for me more of a way of seeing and recording the world around me rather than expressing myself artistically or … Continue reading

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A Butterfly in Winter

A few days before the end of last year I discovered this unlikely winter visitor perched on a windowsill in our house: it’s a butterfly, a Cabbage White (Pieris rapae).  Like most whites, these butterflies overwinter as pupae (the resting … Continue reading

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Spider Season

Several large spiders have recently taken up residence around our house.  There are two outside my bedroom window, one on the basement screen door, at least three on the outside of the chicken house, and who knows how many more … Continue reading

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