We have a lot of strange and beautiful bugs here in the Northwest, and this is just one of them. It's known as Buprestis aurulenta or Golden Buprestis and it is a wood boring beetle. It is a native species and considered a pest. The fresh cut wood for the window framing has brought out a few curious beetles and this is the most beautiful.
The bug I miss most from the Northeast is the Lightning bug or Firefly (Photinus pyralis) . There are none west of the Rockies. I spent a good portion of my childhood summers in PA with my grandparents each year and dusk as always a magical time as the Lightning bugs came out. I don't remember seeing them in Vermont or Massachusetts.
The lavender is going into full bloom and with it, a horde of butterflies and skippers. Mostly dozens of Hylephila phyleus or Fiery Skipper and there are also a few Neophasia menapia or Pine White butterflies. The six big plants that I have are a hive of activity. It's one of the few plants the deer won't touch that likes our dry hot summers.
Speaking of deer, here is a picture snapped yesterday of the doe with twins. She is a very protective Mom. I have only to go out there and she is on alert, she hisses and takes a stomping step forward toward me, daring me to just try and come closer. The twins make ready behind her for flight. I tried for pictures the other day, but she was too far away for my terrible camera skills. I got a threatening few stomps then too!
The blanket weaving is about 3/4 of the way done. It's slow going since a full pick is really 4 throws, top, bottom, bottom and top again to complete the double width. I'm at the point where I am excited to finish and get it off and see the whole cloth opened up. With the addition of the extra yarn it looks like I'll have just enough to finish it up.
The window framing is also about 3/4 done with only one opening to left to be framed, but it's a big one. One window is 72" in width and like all the others 60" in height. We'll have to get another strong set of hands to set the windows. They are all very heavy and must be installed from the outside. There is no way Gene and I can lift them alone safely.
Lastly, it's been hot, damn hot even for Southern Oregon. We got up to 96 degrees on Wednesday and close to it yesterday. Thunderstorms have been rolling through late afternoons for the last two days and more expected every day through the weekend. Seattle and Portland broke records and I know from keeping up with some of my blogs, BC Canada is having a wicked heat wave too. So far the west has been pretty quiet as far as major fires, but that all can change in an instant.
It makes Jack worried
and Pogo and Rodger, not so much...:-)