After sending mail this morning, this afternoon I saw a mourning cloak on the wing in a local park. The sun had broke out of the clouds, and it was warm enough to be in a t-shirt (we were planting trees with students) and along floated this brown and black butterfly, circling one of my students who was wearing a white t-shirt, and off into the spring it went. The only flowers out in the park right now are Indian Plum. Also had several bees out today, visiting the flowers in the garden. I am seeing several places locally selling Mason bees. I don't recall so many places dealing them in years past. We bought three tubes of them, and taped them to the sunny side of our house, on the mason bee block that has never attracted a single bee yet. And on another buggy note, I found tiny larvae of what looks like beetle larvae under a leaf today. I thought they might be dormant as they did not move. At least while I watched. I took a couple, stuck them in my sandwhich container intending to draw them later, and while I was busy elsewhere they both apparently left. Next time the lid goes on.... Rob Sandelin Sky Valley Environments <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm> Field skills training for student naturalists Floriferous@msn.com
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