Let’s Talk About Tent Worms: Eastern Tent Caterpillars & Forest Tent Caterpillars

Tent Worm, photo by sisterKRS10. This year tent worms aka Eastern Tent Caterpillars seem to be a little thicker than normal in northern Michigan. I think the pictured caterpillar is actually a forest tent caterpillar. Both are tent caterpillars, about which Wikipedia says: Tent caterpillars are readily recognized because they are social, colorful, diurnal and … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Tent Worms: Eastern Tent Caterpillars & Forest Tent Caterpillars

Requiem for a Spruce: Spruce Budworm in Michigan

April 11, photo by Michael Koole Garret Ellison of the Grand Rapids Press & mLive writes that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources expects spruce budworm to inflict heavy damage on white spruce and balsam fir trees across the Upper and northern Lower Peninsulas this year: The budworm is “one of the most destructive native … Continue reading Requiem for a Spruce: Spruce Budworm in Michigan

Wooly Weatherman

Hmmm…thick or thin? And what does it mean anyways?, photo by dan bruell Predicting Winter Weather: Woolly Bear Caterpillars at the Farmer’s Almanac says that in 1948, Dr. C. H. Curran, curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City sought to determine the average number of reddish-brown segments and use … Continue reading Wooly Weatherman

Today is Michigan in Pictures 8th Birthday!

eight, photo by caterpillars I started Michigan in Pictures on December 30, 2005. In the 8 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve posted 2,494 photos of and from the Great Lakes State. This is far and away my favorite web project of all time, because every week I learn new things about the people, places, … Continue reading Today is Michigan in Pictures 8th Birthday!

Snow Bound: Winter 2013 forecast to be cold & snowy for Michigan

Snow Bound, photo by siskokid Some of the first snows of the 2012-2013 winter have visited Michigan, so it’s probably a good time to have a look at what Old Man Winter might have up his sleeve this winter. The Winter 2013 forecast from “Caleb Weatherbee”* of the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a split … Continue reading Snow Bound: Winter 2013 forecast to be cold & snowy for Michigan

Signs of Spring in Michigan: Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer)

Untitled, photo by Tim Mayo. The Michigan DNR’s page on Northern Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) says: The tinkling of bells is a popular description of the spring peeper’s spring mating call. Spring peepers are one of the earliest callers among the dozen frog species found in Michigan. During the first warm evenings of spring in … Continue reading Signs of Spring in Michigan: Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer)

Arbor Day, Michigan and Exposure.Detroit!

Untitled, photo by caterpillars and visually grounded photo by mlephotos Today (April 29) is Arbor Day, a nationwide celebration that encourages people to take the simple action of planting trees. According to the Arbor Day history page, Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton. Morton grew up in Detroit and graduated from the … Continue reading Arbor Day, Michigan and Exposure.Detroit!

Michigan Loves Fireworks

{j & t}, photo by caterpillars As the 4th of July approaches, it’s a good time to dust off the link to MichiganFireworks.com. From Adrian (July 3)  to Ypsilanti (July 2&3), the Michigan Fireworks guy chick! remains dedicated to one thing and one thing only: letting you know when and where the sky is going … Continue reading Michigan Loves Fireworks

earth day should be every day, you know

earth day should be every day, you know { 112 / 365 }, photo by caterpillars The concept that protecting the only home we have is something we can afford to focus on just once a year seems crazy to me. Get out and love this world, people – today and every day. It’s one … Continue reading earth day should be every day, you know