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May 27th, 2011

What’s on my rhododendron?

This moth was on my tomato cage this morning. I grabbed my snap shot camera and caught a couple of shots on the rhododendron before it flew away. Is this a good moth, or a bad moth? Is it even a moth? (It’s body is thick and fuzzy.) Maybe it is a butterfly. (It’s colorful, I’m seeing it during the day, and it surely looks like there are clubs on the end of the antennae.)
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Update! It’s a butterfly–a skipper butterfly. Thanks Denise Foley and Bill Johnson!

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January 3rd, 2011

Notes from my commute

It’s a new year and I’m back in the office after a long winter’s nap. It is COLD today, which is why I saw the seasonal curling of my rhododendron leaves. Normally I would panic and think the plant was dying, but I’ve learned a thing or too from my Organic Gardening stock searches.

Chilling with my Rhododendron

Rhododendron leaves curl up into tight little cigars to reduce the amount of exposed leaf surface—it protects the leaves from drying winds. The editors told me this is called “transpiration”. I took a couple of pictures of the curled leaves, then I too curled up tight and headed to work.

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