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.
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.