Retired teacher Larry Weber is the author of several books, including “Butterflies of the North Woods,” “Spiders of the North Woods,” “Webwood” and “In a Patch of Goldenrods.” Contact him c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This week, I received an email that told of a sighting of a butterfly flitting about in a home on a chilly January day; not what we expect to see.
Each year, by the time we get to mid-November and shortly before the freeze-up, I like to walk out to some of the nearby beaver ponds.
As we leave July and enter August, we reach the time of midsummer. According to the calendar, the middle date between summer solstice and autumnal equinox is Aug. 6.
Tiger swallowtails, which like most butterflies do not migrate, are a regular part of the June fauna, emerging in late May and gone in July.
Walking among the leafed out trees and thick growth on the forest floor, I find it hard to believe that about a month ago, we still had ice on nearby lakes, snow patches on the ground and woods of bare trees.
February is one of the best months to see and hear the wildlife responding to the longer days. It is our driest month and, although it’s cold, we frequently have clear days and nights.
The winter solstice, the first day of winter, was on Dec. 21. The vernal equinox, the first day of spring, will be on March 20. As we travel through this...