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Disclaimer: This blog is rated “G” for “Geek” due to gratuitous use of Latin names, graphic floral displays, and some nerdity. Those with geek intolerance may feel slight nausea or severe migraines upon viewing this blog. Consult a doctor before viewing with children.

A good friend and fellow scientist, from a different perspective.

I have raced storms.  I have petted bumblebees.  I have been pursued through rain forests by bee suitors and bee aggressors.  I have been stung, bitten, and pinched by animals all around the world.  I am a barefoot runner, a mountain hiker, and a wild food forager.

I seem to have a knack for finding adventure abroad and in my own backyard, including bats in my bed, triathlons, and Aboriginal camping trips.  My goal in life is to be outside and to be learning about it and this blog is where I share it all: stories, fun facts, photography, illustrations and more!  I am a field biologist, and I am (usually) standing out in my field (doing science to it!).

There are some tall tales out there, my friend.

Some of them are true.

All the photos are mine unless I state otherwise.  I’m perfectly happy to borrow from the internet, but I’ll always cite a source in the caption, either with a “courtesy of” or “photo by”.  I’d be chuffed if you do likewise.

(Oh, and before I go, I should mention that I love bad puns too.  There might be a few peppered about, hope you’re not allergic.)

Here’s a description of the categories on my site:

Interesting Interactions — true biological stories about interactions between organisms, either within or between species (aka nifty biological facts to share at parties, or “Did you know”s)

Stories — stories from field work, travel, and life as a biologist and total nature nerd, either from my life, or shared from friends and colleagues

Nature Poems — poems with some reference to nature, sometimes more pertinent than others

Recipes — tips on how to forage for your own food, how to prepare wild things, or natural remedies

Illustrations –Drawings of mostly animals, sometimes comedic

An unintentional selfie

An unintentional selfie

If this is your first time here:

My top ten most popular posts of all time are:

Ant Nest Architecture: featuring molten aluminium
Simple insect and flower line drawings
Honeybee hexagons and the myriad nest structures of bees
Bazinga bees are less than humble
Pure beauty is a Euglossine bee
Managing invasives with biocontrol agents
Sexual dimorphism and crypsis
(Re)Define Sloth
Backyard Bird Primer: Common Songs of the Northeastern US
The Vegetarian Spider
Two kinds of bee mimics

48 thoughts on “About

  1. I nominated your blog for The Very Inspiring Blogger award! Please take a look at http://www.peacewithmylife.com and respond in accordance with the award rules. You need to list 10 facts about yourself and “nominate” another 15-20 blogs. It is a great way for the blogging community to get to know each other and for me to say how much I enjoy your blog!

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  3. Strolled by, as one does (partly because I want to change the name of my subsidiary blog and wanted to check what variations of ‘out’, ‘standing’ & ‘field’ were unused – answer: none) and look – Bees! Miss Apis M is here already! And the clincher… is Nansen >>>>> “Following”

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  5. Oh please please please email me a copy of your backyard field guides for birds and trees. I love them and my kids will be delighted. It will also give us a better excuse for all that “school time” we spend sitting outside playing with bugs and leaves and mud.

  6. Hello there! I’m seeking out your help with an identification I’ve been struggling with for some time. Photo is included in the link. It was found on the wayside of Skyline Drive (Shenandoah NP) and I have not been able to identify it even with the assistance of field guides and google. I’m completely stumped. Please help!

    • Hi Kristen, I’d love to help, but I didn’t get a link to a photo. (I’m in between camping trips right now so I apologize if it takes a while for me to get back to you.) Feel free to send it to me in an email at firefly041300 at yahoo.com

  7. Thank you for inspiring me. I just got my first macro lens (60 mm) because I want to learn how to take macro photos now. I had no idea how much I was missing before with my telephoto permanently attached to my camera. Wish me luck, and Thank You!

  8. Good day fellow plant geek! I was perusing the nature heading and stumbled upon your blog. We are both blogging about blooming flowers / phenology 🌻 awesome! And best yet, you can ID your photos and spew Latin along with it… Very kewl. I am horticulturist that is chained to my desk. .. waiting for my big break into the outside world. sigh. For now, I just prepare myself for when the opportunity presents itself. I look forward to comparing some bloom times. . Where are you? I’m IL/WI border.

  9. Good day fellow plant geek! I was perusing the nature heading and stumbled upon your blog. We are both blogging about blooming flowers / phenology 🌻 awesome! And best yet, you can ID your photos and spew Latin along with it… Very kewl. I am horticulturist that is chained to my desk. .. waiting for my big break into the outside world. sigh. For now, I just prepare myself for when the opportunity presents itself. I look forward to comparing some bloom times. . Where are you? I’m IL/WI border. BTW – Love the selfie!

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  11. Really good read. Thanks for maintaining this site. I’m an author of a more hard-copy kind, and I’d love to include one of your paragraphs in the preface of my book. These are the words (about Paterson’s Curse) I would like permission to copy:

    Some plants have multifaceted ecological roles, they might compete with other plants, but at the same time they provision bees with resources! Is this plant a salvation or a curse? Both! How do you account for a plant that has both vices and virtues?

    Can you please send me your permission to use this or otherwise to jillmarley@aapt.net.au soon? Thank you very much.

  12. Hello there! I would like to chat with you about the possibility of using one of your images. Do you have a direct email address that I could contact you with to explain my inquiry? Thanks, Tima

  13. Hi! I just discovered and started following your delightful blog after seeing you comment on another blog I follow. Looking forward to your future posts and reading some of your past ones. 🙂

  14. Hi, I enjoyed your blog entry about mnemonics for birdsong. I’ve given a term to the phenomenon of humans setting language to birdsong: warblish. The term is introduced, and the phenomenon described across languages and societies, in a new article in the Journal of Ethnobiology, titled: Warblish: Verbal Mimicry of Birdsong. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing the article.

    Hannah Sarvasy, Australian National University

  15. Hello! I am replying to your comment here since you seem to have retracted a very well-written and highly thoughtful post entitled “Postdoctoral Wages in Academia” on the grounds that you may be perceived to be ungrateful.

    I for one do not think or believe for a moment that you are ungrateful. On the contrary, publishing this post is very important for many very pertinent reasons, not to mention that you and your post are lending a voice to others in the same boat.

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