Mourning Cloaks, First Butterflies of Spring
Suzan Bellincampi

Grand surprise is the less-known name of the mourning cloak, (also called a white petticoat), a butterfly that recently emerged from its winter hideaway.

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Autumn Arrives Draped in Gossamer
Suzan Bellincampi

Those that believe in magic know that faeries have been busy. That explains wondrous webs that have covered the fields on recent cool, wet mornings.

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Caterpillars on Parade
Suzan Bellincampi
The caterpillar in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland had this recommendation: “Keep your temper.”
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Hungry Hornworms
Suzan Bellincampi
If you have hornworm caterpillars on your plants and are an adventurous eater, here is a suggestion to rid your veggies of this green monster.
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Maggot Magic, Maggot Mayhem
Suzan Bellincampi
There must have been flies on the wall, flies in the ointment, and flies just about everywhere.
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Summer Beetle Battles
Suzan Bellincampi

Forget it and go inside is unfortunately the best advice I can give to those wanting to have supper on their outdoor porches, decks or patios.

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A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
Suzan Bellincampi
While seeing a handful of butterflies is quite common, observations of masses of them do happen and are clearly memorable.
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Leopold's Lapse and the Gypsy Moths
Suzan Bellincampi

Reports are coming in of trees covered with dead gypsy moth caterpillars.

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Striking Slant Moths
Suzan Bellincampi
I disagree with moth maligners and am amazed and fascinated by the yellow slant line moth and all its moth relations.
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Carpenter Ants, Unwelcome Summer Guests
Suzan Bellincampi
Foraging carpenter ants are looking for sweets and proteins, not unlike many of us.
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