Wild Side: Bibio femoratus

“Swarms”: The word keeps cropping up in phone calls and emails, asking me to explain the astonishing explosion of black flying insects that has...

Wild Side: Three azures

Perhaps the most common question I hear at this time of year is, “What are those little blue butterflies that are all over the...

Wild Side: A perfect day for bug-hunting

My columns typically focus on one particular species that I’ve been able to learn something about. But sometimes my time in the field gets...

Wild Side: The ichneumons are here!

If you object to wasps because they sting, you’re in luck! The largest family in the wasp world has only a few members capable...

Wild Side: Sawflies

On nearly any decent winter day — sunny, not too cold, not too much snow on the ground — I try to swing through...

Wild Side: Scup and grasshoppers

Thanks to Cynthia Aguilar of West Tisbury for providing a delightful follow-up on my Jan. 26 “Wild Side” column on a massive die-off of...

Wild Side: Mourning cloaks

The Bay State’s 2016 butterfly season got off pretty much on schedule this past weekend with a report of a mourning cloak from the...

Wild Side: Gull watching

In general, February is the nadir of the year for a Vineyard birder, with numbers and diversity at their lowest. Mortality and migration have...

Wild Side: Fish bodies on the Lagoon, as far as the...

“Fish bodies on the Lagoon” is the sort of email subject line that gets my attention. This particular email, sent on the evening of...

Wild Side: Reflections from a naturalist

I’ve written about natural history for the MVTimes for about 15 years now: from 1999 through 2004 in a column called “Field Notes,” and...