Monthly Archives: February 2013

Random Insect: Multicolored Asian lady beetle

Today I noticed a multicolored Asian lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Harmonia axyridis) on a windowsill in a shed. These insects often seek winter shelter in buildings, and with spring approaching it seemed as if this individual was ready to get back … Continue reading

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American goldfinches

Yesterday I came across a small group of photogenic American goldfinches (Passeriformes: Fringillidae: Spinus tristis) in a fallow field dotted with trees. They spent some time in what appeared to be an American elm (Ulmus americana, Ulmaceae) picking at the growing … Continue reading

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An even bigger herd of white-tailed deer

Every winter white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus, Cervidae) congregate in a field behind my house in southeast Michigan. I’ve lived at this particular location for ten years, and every year the herd has gotten bigger. A couple of years ago I wrote about … Continue reading

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The Painted Desert

Rich with color, the Painted Desert covers a wide arc across northeast Arizona. Beginning to the east of the Grand Canyon, this beautiful landscape stretches almost to New Mexico. My favorite views of this region are found in and around … Continue reading

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Located in northwestern New Mexico, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument preserves an amazing landscape of volcanic rock formations. Nestled among the Jemez Mountains, this region has experienced intermittent volcanic activity for the last 15 million years. The rocks present at … Continue reading

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park preserves nearly 100,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert wilderness. This park is divided into eastern (Rincon Mountain) and western (Tucson Mountain) districts on either side of Tucson, Arizona. Back in 2008 I got to visit the impressive … Continue reading

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