Posted by: atowhee | June 23, 2019


Seen any good  insects lately?  I saw one damselfly yesterday, and a single dragonfly today plus a half-inch long beetle and a ladybug.  That’s it for two days unless I start looking under potted plants and logs.  We don’t use toxics in our garden but poison knows no boundaries.  Neonicotinoids, d-Con, Round-up, numerous other killers are easily found at any garden shop and can then be spread around willy-nilly.

I fear somebody in my neighborhood has one of those amazing efficient bug-zappers that attract and electrocute any flying insect.  I’m seen those things advertised in high-end garden catalogs.  I can’t recall the last time I saw a butterfly here in Yamhill County, one moth two nights ago…


Not long after I posted the above, the dogs took me for a walk around our McMinnville neighborhood.  Whew.  We passed one garden with a bed of lavenders and mint plants in bloom–several small bees busy there.  A block away we passed a hedge of blooming shrubs–some more small bees and one pint-sized bumblebee. Still no butterflies.
I hope the insectivores are having better luck than I am.


Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jun 23, 2019. 10 species, most at Grenfell Park.

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Turkey Vulture  3
Western Wood-Pewee  1
Warbling Vireo  1
California Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  1
Swainson’s Thrush  3
American Robin  8
European Starling  X
Brewer’s Blackbird  1


  1. good reason to support and get involved w/ Xerces Society. I too have been noticing lack of butterflies. I get pleasure when I see one.

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