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Great Golden Digger Wasp–Beneficial Insect

Its hard not to notice an inch long wasp, let alone 5 or 6 flitting from flower to flower around you in the garden. Last week while weeding I was mesmerized by the imposing wasps clambering over the allium flower spheres. Each … Continue reading

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Winter bloomers for Beneficial Insects

  Today I took advantage of a break in the rainy weather and went out to pull shotweed.  The Sarcococca and white forsythia (Abeliophyllum distichum) were perfuming the damp air.  Both shrubs had a barely perceptible cloud of tiny flies … Continue reading

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Lady Beetle: Queen of the Beneficial Insects

I have always been fascinated with insects and am always on the lookout for them.  Since I garden using least toxic methods, the balance of good and bad insects is key to pest control.  A healthy garden will have it’s share of … Continue reading

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Late Summer Pleasures–On the Order of Odonata

In late summer, early fall, the air over our pond resembles Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The dragonflies, damselflies and skimmers–all of the insect order Odonata, maneuver deftly over the water.  Some 430 species of Odonata are found in the US and … Continue reading

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Attracting Native Pollinators–PERENNIAL BOOKWORM

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.  The Xerces Society, 2011.  Storey Publishing, 384 pages, 10 x 7″, $29.95 (paper). This is a wonderful guide that I’d recommend to anyone.  It’s comprehensive and … Continue reading

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Spittlebugs Galore–Garden Pests

Most of the time in the late spring when the spittlebugs are on my garden plants, I don’t pay them any notice.  They normally show up on tender new shoots in April or May.  Of course, the dripping, foaming mass … Continue reading

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Tracking the Woollybear at Theler Wetlands

This is a lovely time of year to get out for a hike.  On Saturday, we took some friends visiting from California out to the Theler Wetlands trails at the head of Hood Canal.  We enjoyed patches of warm sunshine … Continue reading

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Great Book on Bees, Wasps and Ants–Perennial Bookworm

Bees, Wasps and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens, Eric Grissell, 2010.  Timber Press, Inc., 335 pages, 9” x 6”, $27.95 (hardcover). Most books about bees just drone on, losing me in the second chapter when they start … Continue reading

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Join me in Celebrating National Pollinator Week

The US Department of Agriculture has declared June 20-26th, 2011 National Pollinator Week.  This is the 5th annual pollinator week and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, wants us all to recognize that pollinators like bats, insects and birds are important partners … Continue reading

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Insectopedia–Perennial Bookworm

Insectopedia, Hugh Raffles, 2010.  Pantheon Books, 465 pages, 9.44” x 6.36”, $29.95 (hardcover). This ia a thought provoking read that will appeal to those who like to delve into mankind’s attitude toward the natural world.  Formatted unusually into small sections titled … Continue reading

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