On Autumn’s Entomological Menu


Take your camera to the nearest stand of the season’s goldenrod, boneset, Joe Pye Weed, ironweed, and/or jewelweed.

Bring home some insect pictures. Process gently, and serve.

To whet your appetite, sample from this installment of Circus of the Spineless, and then perhaps munch from the smörgÃ¥sbord of the Bug of the Day slideshow. (Call the kiddies, they’ll enjoy this!)

And before you mistakenly esteem insects too lowly on the food chain, look here. And mind the puppies and kittens near the flowerbeds, won’t you.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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