Friday, April 19, 2013


Insects are a big thing in our house right now. Lots of digging in the dirt and going on backyard 'nature walks' searching for creatures. When little friends are over, this is the favorite activity and will go on for hours. If no insects are to be found, the nature walk may morph into plain old dirt play or sometimes an artifact hunt. All finds, whether animate or inanimate, will end up in glass jars that are dutifully labeled and put in the 'laboratory' for later study.  

The swallowtail was my discovery: I was home alone and followed it around the verbena bush it so loved for awhile. It didn't seem to mind. Not a common butterfly for our yard, in fact, this was this first swallowtail I have ever seen here. 


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