Category Archives: Invaluable Invertebrates

Ghosts in the Salal

It all started for me when my neighbor, with glee, presented the animated salal leaf she found while gardening. My first thought: “How funny! My second thought, “What insect did this?”  I ran through scenarios in my mind: a variety … Continue reading

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What You Learn by Looking at Your Feet: Alder Flea Beetle

Werner Herzog said, “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”.  Taken figuratively, walking encourages reflective, creative thinking that can reveal the true nature of things that bedevil us.  Literally speaking, walking allows us to slowly take in … Continue reading

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Bees, Please!

Savvy gardeners are learning how important bees and other pollinators are to a healthy and abundant garden.  A healthy garden is a balanced eco-system with plentiful habitat for beneficial insects. We can say “Bees, Please!” by limiting our  pesticide use, … 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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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 Books on Snails & Slugs–Perennial Bookworm

The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, David George Gordon, 2010.  Sasquatch Books, 176 pages, 8.5” x 5.5”, $14.95 (paper).  If you don’t know the first thing about snails or slugs—this should be your … Continue reading

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Meet My Mollusks

I find it amazing how one can go through life without ever noticing something, then once you learn about it, you see it everywhere.  Kinda like buying a new car and then realizing just how many of that model are … Continue reading

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Earthworm Observations–Invaluable Invertebrates

Last weekend was comparatively warm and despite rain showers, I took the opportunity to get out and clean up debris tossed about by the storms we’ve seen this winter.  I wasn’t the only one about, and I found myself leaning … Continue reading

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