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.
We're having a really good crop of Western Pennyroyal around Quincy this year. It seems to be one plant that is responding favorably to drought conditions. Whenever I see the Pennyroyal blooming, I eagerly look forward to the arrival of the elegant Red-shouldered Ctenucha moth. So far, I have found other insects on the Pennyroyal.
In the photo below I found a Common Checkered Clerid beetle buried deeply in the cluster of flowers. I actually spread them a little to be able to photograph the beetle.
Nearby, I followed a Pale Swallowtail butterfly around the area for quite a while and got a few photos of it landing on Pennyroyal.
Then I consulted my blog archive and found that the Ctenuchas don't usually arrive here until July. The photo below was taken July 27, 2010. Gosh, it seems like yesterday, but it's been four years. So,
the whole month of July I'll be jumpy with anticipation. This is the type of critter that tempts me to get into video.