After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o email@example.com with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.