...an unpaid sabbatical. Just call it a break. I've fallen well short of my original goals for this blog and am too busy to continue at this time. Thanks for the comments and feedback people have given me by email and other means. I will continue to find solace in nature walks, with or without camera and notebook, but I will take at least a two-month break from posting here.
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.
On my way up to the office this morning, I made my usual stop at this little patch of daisies. What first caught my eye was what had been the freshest daisy of the bunch, the one on the far left. It was injured!
I came in for a closer look, and was surprised to see the one Ambush Bug that had been occupying it was still there!
Hanging on, beneath the flower, it seemed oblivious to being upside-down. I wondered if any food species were likely to land on an upside-down flower. Finally, after getting this photo, I turned my attention to the flower on the right. Yesterday, under the title "Reincarnation?", I had ended the text by pondering what might happen if a tasty-looking prey species landed right in front of the amorous couple.
Well, here we are. Click on this photo and you can probably make out the fly on top. It appears that the top Ambush Bug, the male, is able to have sex and eat at the same time. They answered my question!