Category Archives: Insects

Bee and Butterfly Season

Earlier this summer I thought I might have to build an ark because it just kept raining and raining, but in September there’s barely been a drop. Many of my perennials have shriveled up and turned brown and crispy, and … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Bumblebee on Zinnia

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Up Close and Personal: Happy Honeybee

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More Beetle Mania

The ample rain we received this year turned my flowerbeds into a Japanese Beetle playground. For the last several years their numbers have been waning, but this year’s crop has been record-breaking, and it reminds me of those years when … Continue reading

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Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’

If you want to hop on the bandwagon to support struggling pollinators like honeybees and Monarch butterflies, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) ‘Hello Yellow’ is a great perennial to add to your garden. The native butterfly weed has bright orange flowers, … Continue reading

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This Summer’s Bumps in the Road

Gardeners (and farmers) always face plant-growing challenges based on weather conditions and which wildlife and insects are currently thriving or struggling. Usually by late June I’ve got a pretty good handle on how the rest of the summer should play … Continue reading

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Pesky Rose Slugs

I was fascinated to read about a study showing that plants react defensively with chemicals when they hear the munching sounds of a nearby caterpillar. So far this spring I haven’t found any caterpillars (friend or foe) on any of … Continue reading

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Busy Bees

When we got our first decent warm spell of the year last weekend, the honeybees from the neighbor’s hive made a—wait for it—beeline for the birdbath in our backyard that I had just set up for the spring migrating birds. … Continue reading

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The Ants Go Marching…

It must’ve been a good winter for ants because they are everywhere right now—inside and outside. I’ve seen them in just about every room of our house, but I can’t figure out how they’re getting in. Since I’ve had ants … Continue reading

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These Easy-to-Grow Perennials Attract Pollinators Like a Magnet

Pollinators like bees and beetles and butterflies are being threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and diseases like Colony Collapse Disorder. You can help them by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Here a a few of my favorite pollinator-magnets: Allium … Continue reading

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