The last meal of a Cretaceous pollinator. Yes, beetles are an important group of pollinators.

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We hid roughly 80 eggs in the backyard for grandsons to find. Most are in this photo. How many do you see?

It was one year ago today that my best friend and soulmate, Jeri DuBois, died at 10:37 am. I miss her every day. We knew each other for nearly ½ a century. #rememberingJeri

Managed to catch a glimpse of Star Link satellites deploying tonight. Moving from SW to NE. High in the sky. Lots of light pollution unfortunately.

Today is a very special day for me. It has been two weeks since I was fully vaccinated against the virus. So. Today I hugged my grandsons for the first time in over a year. Starting to return to a new normal.

Our central Illinois insects group is holding another Zoom online meeting at the top of the hour. Frank will be discussing the insects found in his back yard. To date, nearly 1,200 species of moths

Here is an interesting read. The COVID-19 pandemic almost didn’t happen. If only…

Butterflies are disappearing in the western U.S. Looks like the cause may be related to warmer temps and not pesticide use or habitat loss. This is concerning to say the least.

Happy Pi Day everyone.

Happy to have received my second COVID-19 vaccination this week. Still must wait two weeks for full effects. Looking forward to some sort of new normal soon. It has been one tough year.

Interesting article. Stomach contents of 47 million year old fly fossil from Germany reveal it (fed on pollen)[https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-found-a-47-million-year-old-fossilized-fly-and-we-can-see-it-s-last-meal].

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Wondering if this is true? Anyone care to share insights? Bitcoin consumes more electriicty than Argentina.

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One of the things I enjoy most about retirement is the opportunity to do what I want on my schedule. It was such a nice day yesterday. I went for a walk at Spring Creek Reserve near Washington, IL.

Great afternoon for a walk. Did part of the East Peoria to Morton trail (Illinois). Roughly 4 miles.

Another couple of photos from my walk in the woods at Farmdale Patk near Washington, IL this afternoon.

Great day for a walk in the woods at Farmdale Park near Washington, IL. Trails were quite soggy with melting ice and snow.

Small turnout for Illinois primary voting today in Washington. I just voted and I was number 202. Yes, it is noon and almost no one was present. Sigh!

One year ago today, my wife laid down for a nap. She never woke up and died 41 days later. Enjoy time with your loved ones. You never know when it will end. #RememberingJeri

Working with Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action Set. @AdobeCreate Central Illinois scarab beetle (Phanaeus vindex) rendered as a watercolor. This was my first attempt. Your thoughts?

Another attempt using Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action Set. @AdobeCreate Bolivian beetle (Macrodontia cervicornis) rendered as a watercolor. What do you think?

Bolivian sabertooth longhorn beetle photo rendered as a watercolor using Photoshop.

Touchdown confirmed. Just watched NASA live stream of Perseverance landing on Mars and first image from its “hazard” camera. Impressive accomplishment. Already wondering what this rover will encounter.

I am so ready for spring. Here is what my side deck looked like this morning. #centralIllinoisLife