Jar full of bugs

by Steve, June 20th, 2012

Stepping out

by Steve, June 17th, 2012

This year’s crop of praying mantises steps out into the real world.

October means…

by Steve, October 8th, 2010

The weather’s wetter, which means…

His clever disguise

the froggies are back, which means…

Snakes are back

the snakeys are back.

Junior and I have gone from being fascinated by snakes to being kind of creeped out by them (after our snake ball sighting last weekend).

Oh, and we had another mantis sighting today, but we didn’t get any good pix. Here’s one from a couple weeks back.

Slugs vs. Animals

by Steve, September 24th, 2010

meA game we play in Ory-gun.

How to play: on your walk to school, count all the slugs you see, and also all the (non-human, non-slug) animals you see (bugs, birds, dogs, worms, etc.). Five sightings wins for that category. Or, if one gets to five, you can keep counting the other until you hit the school yard gate (that’s how it always used to be, until yesterday). Or you can change the rules as you go. Actually, I think it’s an unwritten rule that the rules will change at the whim of your third grader, and depending on whether we’re rooting for slugs or animals, and depending on how many of each are out on a given day.

Today, Jr. said the first one to five wins, period. Then, when animals got to five (two flies, a beetle and two dogs vs. four slugs), we decided we’d give the slugs one last chance. We were so engrossed in the contest, we didn’t realize the first bell had rung, and the playground was empty and quiet when we got there. Still, no more slugs.

Animals win again.

Praying for bugs

by Steve, August 27th, 2010

Bought egg sacs at the Beaverton Farmers market in April, hatched ‘em, and some stuck around. Awesome.

Things you don’t see in Oregon

by Steve, September 8th, 2009

Cicadas:
cicada
Monarch caterpillars:
monarch caterpillars

The best therapy there is

by Steve, June 7th, 2009

Garden report:

  • weeded and thinned: beets, carrots
  • harvested: the rest of the spinach, strawberries
  • direct-seeded: pole beans, winter squash, zucchini
  • transplanted: tomatoes, cuke, jalepeƱo
  • pruned: Rose of Sharon
  • confirmed: ladybugs released by junior yesterday are hanging out in the potatoes
  • anticipating soon: raspberries, blueberries, new potatoes

Ladybugs

Mystery bug

by Steve, September 1st, 2008

Big bug - topAfter a delightful trip exploring the amphibious and bug life in Iowa, from the Devonian to the present, we came home to discover a big bug in our own back yard.

And I was just saying we don’t have nearly the richness of bug life in Oregon.

Pretty, pretty big. Beetle-like wing covers, fuzzy as a tarantula, with horns and bat wings.

A bunch of its body is missing, eaten by ants?

What the?!?? ID anybody?

Big Bug bottom

Crazy big bug