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 think I posted a premature obituary here last Thursday, the 23rd, titled "R. I. P., or Carry On?" Over the following weekend, not only did I see no Ambush Bugs, but also the Daisies seemed nearly dead. This morning, on my way up the hill to my office, I thought I spotted anew bug (above). He/she is back! I immediately thought of a comment attributed to Mark Twain: "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." AS the below photo shows, there's just one fairly healthy-looking Daisy remaining in this little patch, and this bug was on it. It may or may not be one of the bugs I first noticed a week ago.
So, I went up to the office and worked for a couple of hours, then checked in on this spot on my way down to the car.
Yikes! The moment(s) I'd been waiting for. While the bug in the top photo hadn't moved, now these two occupied one of the other daisies and were obviously in love!
This one is looking at the amorous pair on the neighboring flower. This one appears to be a female.
I pulled the two flowers a bit closer together so I could get a picture of all three. Ever since I came across a little paperback book titled Six-legged Sex, I've been finding and photographing lots of insects mating. Now I'm wondering what would happen if a tasty-looking bug of another species landed within range of the mating pair. Maybe I'll get to witness such an encounter one of these days.