Tag Archives: gardens

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Just mildly interesting.

I’ve known for a several years about the famous (in Holland, anyhow) Dutch ecologist and botanist Dr. Jac P. Thijsse (1865 – 1945) who gained his reputation through his naturalistic park designs. Although my father […]

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Supporting Pollinators

Why worry about pollinators? Pollinators fertilize flowers that produce fruit and seeds that many animals need to survive, including ourselves! Recently, with bees in the news due to colony collapse disorder, many are concerned about honeybee decline, and […]

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Moth Night

On the 26 July this year I participated in a National Moth Week event at the Devonian Botanic Garden just a short drive west of Edmonton… It was a magical event, with participants of all […]

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Two-striped Grasshoppers: Ferroutage

‘Scuse my French (corrections accepted), but when I can’t think of a decent creative title for a blog post, I resort to Google Translate… This Two-striped Grasshopper pair were ideal photographic subjects, as they kanoodled in a […]

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Farewell to Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week ended in the United States yesterday, but let’s not forget about these essential critters. I could have called it “Plight of the Bumblebees“, but here are some that are doing well in our city […]

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A Garden Skimmer

This was a good year for meadowhawks in our garden. However they seem to be difficult to identify without a hands-on approach, so this goes down only as Symptetrum sp., a skimmer. (Family Libellulidae) Backlighting hi-lites […]

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The Beginning and the End of Bombus moderatus (Cresson 1863)

I decided to check out if Dave’s Bombus (see previous post) was visiting our garden, and sure enough I found a specimen working at the blooms of Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun’. I had to run inside […]

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Common, but worth a second look.

The cabbage white (Pieris rapae) is often held in disdain–an old world butterfly that plagues farmers and gardeners who dare to grow cabbage or broccoli. But seen up close they are more than just a […]

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