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Warm [Apr. 20th, 2013|07:32 pm]
There were three butterflies in my back yard this evening. One was mostly orange, but I don't think it was a Monarch. It might have been a West Coast Lady. This one perched on a plant I'd just sprinkled, probably to get a drink. Another was mostly black with some dark blue near its tail. It never alighted on anything for long, and I can't identify it, but it resembled this bug that somebody posted video of on YouTube. The third one was small, pale yellow, and very active, never landing at all but flying very near the spray from my garden hose. Possibly it was an Orange barred Sulpher, though if so it must have been a young one as it was not as big as that page says they are supposed to be.

It was nice to have butterflies keeping me company as I sprinkled the lupines, which are just beginning to bloom. I also sprinkled some patches of small-leafed, ground-covering volunteer plants with tiny yellow flowers on them. Wherever they grow, they completely crowd out the foxtails and other noxious weeks. The foxtails might sprout up when those plants die back, though, and as I recall those plants don't like the hot weather at all. But I'm glad to have them while they last. The butterflies seemed to enjoy them, too. The butterflies probably like my yard because it has so many weeds in it, and because I use no pesticides or herbicides at all. I'm hoping to see a lot more of them. They are my favorite daytime insects.

This week I had to go shopping early, as I couldn't arrange transportation for Sunday. The markets are more zoo-like on Saturdays, and today was no exception. At least it wasn't the beginning of the month, when the stores are even more crowded. I got three ears of corn today. It's the first corn of the season, which is always a bit underdeveloped, but I managed to find three ears that had mostly mature kernels on them and I'm going to boil them up for dinner. I also got a great deal on some frozen fruit bars, so I have appropriate snacks for the upcoming warm weather.

Also appropriate to warm weather: Rumba!