Thursday, August 25, 2011

Computers are so unreliable...

Yes, even the best cared-for PCs can have problems. I ought to know, I was a Sr. Computer Engineer for ~15 years (before I became disabled).
Well, despite all that and having taken all the proper precautions - one of my fully-packed hard drives was "taken down" by a few Trojan horse viruses that got through.
Luckily, I had the old hard drive still handy, and that's why it didn't take me long to get back up and running.
So, anyway; it got me thinking - I should get my wildlife/nature pics up here, because I never know when I'll lose access to them (like now!). So, I'm going to post some random & miscellaneous pics (from this old drive).
Hope you enjoy!
A Skipper, from Long Island NY
...The only (good) pic I was able to find (for now).
More to follow...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Notes On Bees

Just random notes on Bees -

Bees tend to be attracted to flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow.
Members of the daisy family, Compositae, are good for bees. As are: Cosmos, Zinnia, and Dahlia (single. Again, avoid the double varieties.
Small, shallow flowers such as mustards, valerian, buttercup, goldenrods, asters yarrow (Achillea sp.) and Queen Anne's lace attract a great variety of short-tongued bees and beneficial hover-flies.
Members of the mint family are also attractive to many long-tongued.bees. This includes many herbs such as sage (salvia), oregano, lavender, and mint as well as native plants like Nepeta, and Stachys. Their nectar is the main attractant.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Small Yellow Underwing Moth (Catocala Sp.)

Small Yellow Underwing Moth (Catocala Sp.) - Species not identified yet...But, I will soon!

I can't believe I was lucky enough to stumble across this beauty, right outside the front door!
For those who don't know: Most times, you need to go into some wooded area, do some 'Sugaring', etc. etc. in order to see an Underwing Moth. So this was great! Here are some un-edited / un-enhanced pics: