Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
Before they mated, I thought they were two different species. An entomologist specializing in beetles would have known right off. This is one of those situations in which I was glad I didn't know too much. That made it all the more interesting to search. The male and female are not only of different size - not unusual - but of radically different color. Unlike most birds, the female is not exactly camouflaged, unless she always rests on or among bright red objects. I've only seen her on white flowers - daisies and Brewer's Angelica. Until this occasion, I had only seen the males on Brewer's Angelica. I might be tempted to do library or internet research to find out more since the busy season for these beetles is nearly over. But I do want to put in a good word for the practice of repeated observation and letting your curiosity run wild.