This Triangle Naturally vlog is about one of my all-time favorite insects: the hummingbird moth. Enjoy! If you have any suggestions for future topics you’d like to see in this blog, please leave them in the comments! *All photos by the author, unless otherwise noted*
The weekend of January 22, we had our first winter weather event here in Raleigh. We got an inch of ice in the yard before it ever started snowing, and we wound up with probably a quarter inch of snow on top of the ice. Once the sleet and freezing ended, the birds came flocking… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – More winter backyard birds
Ixodes scapularis, the blacklegged tick. Image from Wikimedia, in the public domain. I’ve written about snakes on this blog before, and a recent study published in this January’s Journal of Medical Entomology has brought them back to my mind. The researchers studied the spread of Lyme disease-bearing ticks in the United States. People infected with… Read More The only good snake is a LIVE snake!
On cold, rainy fall nights like this one, I can’t help but think wistfully of those warm, sunny days spent with my kids wandering the paths and trails at the NC Zoo. As you walk down the path from the alligator pond towards the underpass with the Billy Goats Gruff statue, you will cross a… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Northern Water Snake
Just off the Beltline, nestled between Capital Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, in the sleepy little neighborhood of Brentwood, there is a teensy little park. Part of Raleigh’s Greenway project, Brentwood Park and Community Center is a tiny oasis of wild in an otherwise largely suburban sprawl. My kids and I were running errands today, and… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Brentwood Park
When we first moved into our house in North Raleigh, I noticed back beneath all our pine trees an immense amount of tangled ground cover. I just had to get back there and see what we had growing! A riot of ground cover. Most of the plants that I saw were lianas, or vines, which are defined as “climbing… Read More Know Your Neighborhood #2 – What’s that vine?
I’m starting a new series on the blog that will appear every now and again. I’m calling it “Know Your Neighborhood” because there are some remarkable plants and animals living right in our own neighborhoods that most folks don’t know are there. My goal with this series is to highlight the biodiversity that exists where… Read More Know Your Neighborhood #1