Pollinators and Flowers

This was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. In North America hummingbirds pollinate, in the southwest bats pollinate,  but most of all, insects pollinate. By far the most popular garden pollinators are hummingbirds and butterflies, but there are...

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Mothers Unite! (No children required)

This was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. Mother: One who watches moths. This week is National Moth Week and although it’s nearly over, you still have time to get out and see some moths. Moths are one of...

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Book Highlights 2013

This post was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens. This year I had the opportunity to read several excellent books ranging in topics from vampire squids to garden insects. Here are five of my favorites, some which are...

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Urban Species Profile:: Hover Flies

One of my favorite insects to find in the city, and they're incredibly easy to see if you know what to look for, are the hover flies. The family Syrphidae contains about 6,000 species (890 in North America). They're known as...

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5 Favorite Backyard Habitat Photos of 2014

When I sat down to write the previous post, 5 Favorite Washington Nature Photos of 2014, I nearly had an anxiety attack trying to pick only a few photos. Instead of putting myself through that, I decided to do...

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Book Review:: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

As one who spends a fair amount of time crawling around my yard in search of interesting insects, I was, needless to say, excited to see a new book from Timber Press with the title Attracting Beneficial Bugs to...

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