Little Things with Wings: A Delightfully Close Look at the Hidden Beauty of Common Moths and Butterflies

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle My fascination with moths began last summer when I stumbled upon a stunning Polyphemus Moth on my back porch. This giant silkworm moth had tinfoil-like spots on its wings, a fur-covered back and enormous feathery antennae. My next great find was a Pale Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, perched just outside the newsroom door. It was the first opportunity I had to study the long, coiled, tongue-like proboscis of a butterfly closely and to see the velvety covering of scales in…

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Fishing & Hunting: Head to the Beach and into the Ocean for the Best Action

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle A reminder that anglers fishing ocean waters off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) will be restricted to one Chinook as part of their daily limit of two salmon is in order. The rule came down from WDFW in mid-July. Their thought in the decrease is to “increase the likelihood of providing a season-long fishery.” We had been allowed to retain two Chinook a day since July 1. But an unusually strong start to the fishing season prompted fishery managers…

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National Forest Urges Safety After Glissading Accidents on Mount St. Helens

By Kyle Spurr kspurr@chronline.com Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials issued a message this week reminding Mount St. Helens climbers to not purposely slide down the active volcano after a day on the mountain. The reminder may seem obvious, but the Forest Service is serious about glissading down Mount St. Helens after a 26-year-old woman recently ended up hospitalized from deliberately sliding down the ice and snow.

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