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.
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.