Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Butterflies have been abundant this year, most attracted to the wildly happy and growing butterfly bush we put in near our screen porch. Those bushes vibrate from morning ’til dusk with colorful motion, butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds exploring the deep...
Butterflies

Butterflies

Beginning in late Spring and stretching thru Fall, butterflies are a frequent sight in the pollinator gardens planted on the cut slopes behind the house and barn. One of the most beautiful is the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  The Virginia state butterfly, the Tiger...
Mantis, Praying

Mantis, Praying

We’ve seen some very large Praying Mantis here, one I swear was easily 4″ on the second floor window.  That one startled me for a second, just the size. These are neat insects and I enjoy having them around and watching them.  This one appears to be a...
Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

I saw this spider also on a hike.  It was near a creek on our property.  I’m fairly certain it’s a Fishing Spider. It was really interesting to watch, particularly when it decided to leave and just scamper across the water with those wide spread...
Millipedes

Millipedes

I found this cool millipede down by the creek at the far end of our property.  He was so long. I’d never seen a millipede before… at least not one this memorable. These are not at all threatening and oh so fun to watch.  Later that year, I found this one...
Wolf Spiders

Wolf Spiders

I was pretty surprised to come out on the porch one day to find this pretty darned large spider sitting there. I wasn’t sure what it was, but Google seems to think it’s a Wolf Spider. We’ve seen a couple more from time-to-time, but they’re...

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