I spy with my little eye…something MONARCH!


Likely a third generation, this “king of the butterflies” will lay its eggs in two to six weeks, and pass life on to the migrating fourth generation in September and October.


Stink Bug

Did Ya Know: there are predatory stink bugs who suck the body fluids out of insects larger than them with a needle-like beak. Besides that being scary as heck for the bug world (see the attack in the image – I know I’m not into that), they mostly feed on plant pests. The one shown with its life sucked out of it here is a four-eyed milkweed beetle that, if it hadn’t been juiced by this stink bug, would have chewed down our milkweed.

Nightshade Round #2 (shucks dangit)

About a minute away from me eating the most poisonous part of a most poisonous plant, we figured out that our site is apparently home to another species of nightshade, “American” Nightshade, or “Pokeweed”. Just like the other nightshade we have, the stems are pretty identifiable – they’re a bright pink. The berries are dark purple to black in color, and hang in bunches like not-fun grapes.

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“Allergy season” is most commonly associated with the first full blooms of the spring, but for those of you that are itching and sneezing come late-July, this might be your guy. Or, like, not your guy. Like you must hate this guy.

What I’m trying to say is that there’s this plant, called Ragweed, that doesn’t begin to release its pollen until the tail end of July, and we seem to have it in abundance this year not only in the WestCo Courtyard, but in Connecticut as a whole (as far as I’ve seen from highway drives).

There's a good variety of ragweed out there, but this is what ours looks like.

There’s a good variety of ragweed out there, but this is what ours looks like.

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