2015 - Lawsy! Around the middle of the year I got ditch, swale, and marsh! How lucky can one gal get?! Ok, so it's a short ditch and a small swale, and the marsh might be 3000-4000 sq ft at best. Who cares?! --- "A ditch somewhere - or a creek, meadow, woodlot or marsh (...) . These are the places of initiation, where the borders between ourselves and other creatures break down, where the earth gets under our nails and a sense of place gets under our skin. (...) Everybody has a ditch, or ought to. (...)" ~ Robert Michael Pyle --- Morphological (spit) vocabulary slowly increasing. Last year's word was "connexivum". I just love saying that, "connexivum, connexivum, connexivum". Hello connexivum, goodbye flange.
2014 - faced the fact that my participation here is going to be sporadic
2013-8-2 - Posting pictures this year is turning out to be problematic. I sure do hope next year is better, 'cause my picture backlog is starting to scare the bejeebes out of me. No, I don't know which species of bejeebes that is.
2012/11/12 - 10th month update
Caveat - In case this is your first time on this page, I'm a layperson. Some others have already experienced my newbieness. :o)
--You're welcome to send eMail with your criticisms and suggestions (I can't fix it if I don't know it's broken). If you're intent on flaming me though, I ask you to keep it to a simmer, because if I cry too much it dilutes my beer.
--If you find a picture of mine not suitable for your corner of the BugGuide, please get rid of it, or ask me to do it. (see previous reference to beer)
p.s. For those lacking a funny bone, the beer reference is a joke.
--At one point I thought I'd help out in ID Request (that's a very scary thing to do as a newb), but that left me no time to look up my own. Taxonomy! (spit) Morphology! (spit) I consider myself lucky if an ID takes "only" a few hours.
--Thanks to those who help with IDs and corrections, take wonderful pictures to compare to, and to unknown others who, together, create this place where I come to find names for my critters. Whee!
2/2/12 - I've only recently started to research beyond common names like "centipede", "grub", "butterfly", "moth". :oD))) I use a couple of buggy beginner guides (Stokes beginner Butterflies and Dragonflies) and do online research including, of course, BugGuide.
--I'm not a young woman, but don't have a foot in the grave yet either. Besides enjoying birding, over the years I've also become more serious about ID'ing plant life, too.
--It helps me to remember the names of what I take pictures of when I have to do the research myself. It's satisfying to me to be able to, figuratively, pin a bug down. (edit 8/2/2013 - and, boy, am I glad when people make corrections!)