Haymaking, by John Clare

For my friend, who cuts hay! Haymaking Tis haytime and the red-complexioned sun Was scarcely up ere blackbirds had begun Along the meadow hedges here and there To sing loud songs to the sweet-smelling air Where breath of flowers and grass and happy cow Fling o’er one’s senses streams of fragrance now while in some […]

Robber Fly

I love the robber flies…they are aggressive and impressive predators, and they tend to sit still from a perch and then launch themselves suddenly at insect prey. I finally got a decent photo of one, so I putting up three of basically the same pose (sorry?). I think this is Proctacanthus… Hey, these photos are…subtly […]

Links to share

How to deal with bumblebees in your roof: https://jeffollerton.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/how-to-deal-with-bumblebees-in-your-roof/ Butterflies in the time of dinosaurs: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/butterflies-in-the-time-of-dinosaurs-with-nary-a-flower-in-sight/ Behind the name of the Jupiter Juno mission: http://gizmodo.com/nasa-sent-jupiters-jealous-wife-to-check-up-on-him-and-1783242845 Life without water? http://www.sciencealert.com/saturn-s-biggest-moon-could-hold-clues-to-life-without-water More scary impacts of climate change: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/11/485314321/climate-change-may-already-be-shifting-clouds-toward-the-poles Apollo 11’s programmers hid jokes in their code: http://www.iflscience.com/space/apollo-source-code-reveals-hidden-jokes/ UK scientists dropped from European projects because Brexit (already! ugh!): […]

If you find flowers wandering around on your plants…

Keep an eye out for the camouflaged looper (Synchlora aerata), which steals florets and sticks them to its back for camouflage. I often find little thistle flowers wandering around on my plants like this one! Which means that we can add Carduus to this list.