Tag Archives: Plant

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

This has got to be one of the shiniest leaf beetles in Canada and I was glad to come across them this hot summers’ day when I was feeling down and dispirited. As their name suggests, […]

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Berry Go Round in August.

Welcome to the August 2014 edition of Berry Go Round! You may well ask, ” Why is a bug-biased macro photography blog hosting a botanical blog carnival?” (Say that quickly 5 times!) While my interest is bugs, my background […]

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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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Shout-out for Plant (and Bug!) links for Berry Go Round!

I’ll be hosting the August 2014 edition of  Berry Go Round, the plant-science blog carnival! Can bug and plant bloggers rise to the occasion and submit links to posts on the theme of Plant and Bug Interactions? The […]

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Frost Flower

On these frosty days in Alberta, a winter workshop needs to provide material for practicing macro photography indoors. I like to use orchids because their insect-like appearance provides a good subject for experimenting with techniques. […]

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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 rose is a rose is a rose is a …?

Apologies to Gertrude Stein, but sometimes a rose is a rose is a rose is a death trap…      

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What’s Eating Your Delphiniums?

(This is a modified article from my now defunct blog, Gardening Zone 3b) Beginning in the first week of May, our new up-and-coming delphiniums, larkspur and monkshood plants are subject to infestation by the larva of Polychrysia esmeralda, the leaf-tier […]

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