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While butterflies look for mates quietly, using visual and chemical signals to find them, some insects send out loud calls, often in chorus. The most notable about these insect singers are cicadas and katydids. Together, they fill Virginia summer days and nights with pulsating, percussive so…

During the few dry spells we’ve been having, especially warm, sunny ones, more butterflies have been showing up around my gardens. I’ve spotted several pairs mating, which is the sole purpose of the short adult phase of a butterfly’s life cycle. In most species, females have less than a week…

Early this spring, I found three Chinese mantid egg cases on dried stalks of plants that had been knocked to the ground by fierce winds we’d been having. I rescued the cases and the stalks they were attached to, sticking them in a pot holding a dipladenia. A few weeks later, I enjoyed watchi…

The forest canopy has closed, and most spring ephemeral wildflowers are done blooming and have disappeared under understory plants that are rising and expanding their foliage. Having enjoyed upland Virginia’s amazing spring wildflower show, it’s time to move on to my first love — critters.

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