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 email@example.com 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.
Read my previous post for the story of how I acquired this adult Ant Lion. Just a short while after I put her in a jar she passed away. I placed her on a yellow Post(mortem)It for her last photo. An impressive-looking insect roughly resembling Dobsonflies, Lacewings, and others that tend to gather around light bulbs at night. I have watched the work of the larvae of this insect for years, as they stay beneath the sand at the bottoms of the "funnels" they create to trap ants. When I've come across one of these funnels where there were no ants in sight, I've caught ants a short distance away and fed them to the tunnel. The Ant Lion larvae detect the presence of ants and start pulling sand away from the bottom of the funnel, causing mini landslides that bring the ants into the grasp of its impressive jaws. Occasionally, I've been able to get a shovel or trowel beneath the larva to catch it and get a few photos. When released on the sand, they very quickly construct new traps.