From Hercules to Micro-Moths

variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. The largest moths in the world have wingspans of 10-12 inches and a wing surface area of about 60 square inches.  The smallest moths are called micro-moths and have wingspans of no more than 20 mm (less than an inch).

Evening Primrose: the plant and the poem

The Plant The Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a biennial plant native to North America and Canada.  The term “biennial” indicates that it takes two years for the plant to complete its life cycle. During the first year it only grows foliage.  In the second year, it will flower. (1) The Evening Primrose aptly gets... Continue Reading →

The One-Spotted Variant Moth

The One-Spotted Variant Moth (Hypagyrtis unipunctata) is a fairly common type of moth in the eastern United States. Butterflies and moths are very similar in many ways and sometimes be difficult to know what you are looking at. There are, however, a few things to look for when you are trying to identify one of these insects. Below is a list of some of the frequently identified differences between butterflies and moths.

6 Poems About Butterflies

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Recently, I took a morning walk in the woods.  As I wandered down the wooded path, small white butterflies leapt up from the tall grass and fluttered around my legs. The movement of these butterflies really captured my attention. When one landed on the edge of a fern, I stopped... Continue Reading →

The Silver-bordered Fritillary

This little butterfly is known as the Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) in North America.  It is also known as the Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary in Europe. This butterfly is usually found in open woodlands or damp grasslands, and can be identified by its orange and brown pattern on the upper side of the wing and  a row... Continue Reading →

A Virtual Nature Community?

NaturalistWeekly.com seeks to build a community around nature connection. Recognizing that each of us may have a different approach to connecting with nature, we want to explore and support the diverse ways that people engage with the natural world. Some people may connect with nature through the work of poets like Jacqueline Suskin. I walk... Continue Reading →

Ground Elder AKA Goutweed

Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria) also known as Bishop's Weed, Goutweed, and Herb Gerard. The name Ground Elder came to be because the leaves look similar to the Elder, although not identical. It is a member of the larger group of plants known as Apiaceaes.

The European Columbine

The European, or Garden, Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) is a perennial plant with blue, purple, or white flowers.  Each flower is about as long as it is wide.  This plant, which is a member of the Buttercup family, will grow up to 3 feet tall.(1) The European Columbine has spread widely across North Americas and is... Continue Reading →

Thorns on a Swamp Rose

Over the brambles The Swamp Rose lures me closer Fingers hooked by thorns A Haiku by Mark The Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 7 feet tall and is native to the eastern United States. As the name suggests, this plant prefers moist, acidic soil. The Swamp Rose... Continue Reading →

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