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Month: June 2011

Close Call for Moth

Close Call for Moth

I was mowing my backyard lawn when I noticed something moving next to the lawnmower.  It looked like a moth. A big moth.  It seemed to come up from out of the grass, so I wondered whether it had possibly just emerged from a cocoon underground. See the chopped blade of grass on its back?  It was a close call.  I believe that this was a Large Yellow Underwing after looking at BugGuide and Field Guide to Insects and Spiders…

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Deer Damage

Deer Damage

I haven’t posted about my Walnut Tree in a while.  I am following it as part of the Tree Year 2011 project (click on the banner on the right side of my blog to see more).  As you can see it has now fully leafed out, which actually makes it a bit tough to see things happening on the tree.  I can’t see birds, squirrels, moss, or really much of anything.  But, I can see clearly what is below it….

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Pitcher Plant Flower

Pitcher Plant Flower

This flower just bloomed in my yard.  Anyone know what plant it comes from? A Pitcher Plant!  I have a few carnivorous plants in pots in my backyard- this pitcher plant and a few Venus Flytraps.  The flytrap flowers are sort of boring, but the Pitcher Plant flower is unique. It has been a very cloudy spring which hasn’t been the best for either the Pitcher Plant or the Venus Flytrap.  I’ve had them for a few years though, so…

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Lupine Pollination

Lupine Pollination

My Lupine plant is in full bloom.  I watched some bees visiting it and saw how the flowers got pollinated.  Check it out. Here is a closeup of the individual flowers.  Each bloom has a lower portion that almost looks like a seat and an upper portion that looks like a half-donut.  See it? What happens when a bee lands on the flower?  The lower portion is actually two separate parts.  As you can see above, when I press on…

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Bulb Flies Back – Still Look Like Bees

Bulb Flies Back – Still Look Like Bees

Now that Slugyard is officially over 1 year old, I’ll get a chance to look back at my posts from the year before and see how things might be different this year. I took the photos in this post on Friday, June 17, just a couple of days ago.  Do you see the insect above?  It looks a lot like a bee. But it isn’t.  As I posted about exactly 1 year ago from the date of these photos, this…

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Snakes in the House?

Snakes in the House?

On Thursday Rebecca in the Woods posted about Garter Snakes getting into someone’s house.  I commented on how I hadn’t ever found snakes inside before. So what happens on Friday?  The photo above is of our garage (badly in need of replacement I might add).  What is hiding in the crevices? As mine and the neighbor’s kids discovered, there are Garter Snakes!  My wife ran out and took this photo above.  I guess the snakes figured out a way to…

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New Robin Family

New Robin Family

Robins didn’t return to nest in our yard this year, but some very young robins have been visiting our yard with their new families. See all of the spots on its breast?  They are hard to miss.  Over time these spots will fade and the robin’s familiar reddish-orange color will be all that is left. Here is one of the juveniles with what looks like an adult female (mom?).  Female robins are not as boldly colored as the males. I…

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High Water Brings Ducks

High Water Brings Ducks

Last week, the Willamette River below our house was as high as it’s been all year.  The area in the photo above was the end of a hiking trail down to the beach, but now the water, Canada Geese, and Mallards have taken over. New logs have floated into the area where the trail ends and the beach begins. Mallards can use the logs right now for preening.  When the water recedes the logs will settle down and be left…

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