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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I stop to inspect the Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, every chance I get. I am usually always rewarded by finding a great variety of insects and spiders, and, of course, the wonderful fragrance. But, I must admit, I am always hoping to find the Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes basalis. Finally, I found two of them on what remains of one of my favorite patches of milkweeds on Chandler Road. It was a fairly large patch until yesterday when the road department came by to beautify the place by cutting down all manner of beautiful weeds. That included most of the milkweeds where a few eays ago I photographed Monarch Butterflies. I'll post a few more posed of each of the two beetles a while later. These beauties spend their entire life cycles in and on the milkweed plant.