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August 7, 2017
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Of Monarchs and Milkweed

  Monarch butterflies, known to their scientific friends as Danaus plexippus, abound this year—at least in the areas I frequent.  Even though they are considered relatively common, I see them as miraculous.  Backlit by bright midsummer sun, monarchs’ orange, black … Continue reading

June 12, 2017
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Almost a Hummingbird

My daughter, Kate, and I were cruising the aisles of a large, well-stocked garden center last week when we noticed rapid movement in a display of bee balm or monarda.  The garden center was full of butterflies and small birds … Continue reading

January 11, 2016
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Book Review: The Butterflies of North America by Titian Peale

Some things in this life never change. Take writing and book publishing for example. Author and artist Titian Peale—1799-1885—worked on his book, The Butterflies of North America, beginning with a prospectus in 1833. When he died, fifty two years later, … Continue reading

July 22, 2013
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Night Flyers

NIGHT FLYERS             You may have been too distracted by heat waves, summer chores or garden watering to notice, but National Moth Week is upon us.  The celebration, a New Jersey-based initiative, takes place this year from July twentieth through … Continue reading