A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).
It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing(Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”.
Just a reminder that I’ve got a nature blog! It’s all photos that I’ve taken in the field, along with a little bit of natural history.
Hey nature nerds, sorry for the non-nature-photo post! I’ve started a Patreon page for my nature comics. Now you can support birdandmoon.com with small donations and get some neat sciency rewards. Pass it around, and thank you so much for all your help and support. http://www.patreon.com/birdandmoon
I promise that the Patreon spam will stop soon! Yesterday I broke $50 per monthly / bimonthly comic, which is very cool. Thank you SO much, y’all :)
Hey folks! This is the first of a couple of messages I’ll post about my new BirdAndMoon.com Patreon page. It’s a way for you to support my work with small recurring donations, and I’m offering some neat rewards, too.
My friend Kiley is one such naturalist. He’s an amazingly knowledgeable and dedicated herpetologist (someone who studies reptiles and amphibians) and an all-around great person. I met him about five years ago. He took me under his herp-wings (marginal scutes?) and taught me a ton about wildlife.
These days we live far away from each other, so we call and sometimes send presents. Yesterday I got a poster tube in the mail. It had a note on it, which you can read in the second picture. In the third picture, you’ll see what was inside the tube. It made my daymonth year.
Kiley has worked with the Orianne Society, an amazing organization named after a young girl who begged her dad to help save snakes. Seriously. If you love animals, check ‘em out.