After years of itchy, scratchy summers, I’ve arrived at the inevitable conclusion: I’m a walking mosquito repellent. For other people, that is. Stick with me and you’ll practically be bug-free, no citronella candle needed. The skeeters will be too busy feasting on me to pay attention to anyone else. So the first time I saw… Continue reading Mosquito Eaters That Don’t Eat Mosquitoes?
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve in the Tiburon Peninsula is a triple threat of Bay Area trails, providing superb 360-degree views of the bay, rich geologic and Native American history, and a display of rare, native wildflowers. While its name suggests otherwise, this preserve has nothing to do with Frodo’s quest to destroy the One… Continue reading Triple Threat Trail: Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
This beautiful creature was hanging out on our windowsill yesterday. Was it a wasp? A flying ant? Wolfram thought it was a stone fly, but the wings, torso and legs didn’t look right. After many searches and a short debate on insect anatomy, we made the call: robber fly. Robber flies, a.k.a. assassin flies, are… Continue reading We’ve Been Robbed!