Welcome to the 48th edition of Circus of the Spineless, a blog carnival dedicated to insects, arachnids, molluscs, crustaceans, worms and most anything else that wiggles, crawls or flutters! As the Circus nears the half-century mark, I feel privileged to be hosting for the first time. As always, I’ve learned a lot from this month’s excellent submissions, and I hope you will too. I’m sure you’ll agree that nothing compares to invertebrates when it comes to stimulating curiosity and interest in the natural world. So without further ado, here are the posts, each introduced by a quote or image that I dusted off from the cabinet of scientific curiosity. Enjoy! […]
I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Seabrooke Leckie of The Marvelous in Nature and the North American Moths had started a blog carnival about moths. Mothing is all the rage these days, and websites like the North American Moth Photographer’s Group, Bugguide, and Butterflies and […]
Another July has come and gone, but not all of the fireworks are over. The striking pink display of spotted knapweed, Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos, is still going strong in rangelands and old fields and along highways and railroad grades across the country. Native to Europe, spotted knapweed was introduced accidentally to North America […]
I’m headed to the Catskills to enjoy the woods and the river for a few days. Last year I did a lot of botanizing, mothing, and bee photography. Hopefully this year will be even better!
Fishing in the Catskills
The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is one of those critters that birders love to hate. The species makes a habit of usurping the nest sites of native species, especially bluebirds, and is therefore reviled by many a birder.
Initially released on this continent in the early 1850s in New York City and parts of […]