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Mon Nov 29 09:10:08 EST 1999
I read several posts of seeing yellow sulphurs in the late fall. They brought
back fond memories of my youth. Before I went to bed last night, I looked in
my collection and found three specimens of Colias philodice, collected in a
field along the banks of the Chagrin River in Lake County, Ohio, on 21
I remember it like it was just yesterday. I grew up collecting insects with a
childhood friend, Walt Strekal, especially butterflies and moths. It was the
Saturday before Thanksgiving, Indian Summer had come, and with it, the cold
weather form of Colias philodice. We lived in Cleveland, the spot along the
river was a three hour bike ride. We visited this field often during the
season. It was several acres with a good deal of red clover. I collected many
things for the first time in that clover field. But Indian Summer brought out
the yellow sulphurs with the dark green scales underneath. Before collecting,
a fire was made in the woods adjacent to the field. Bacon fried, eggs fried
in the bacon grease, drop bread fried in the grease as well. Then consumed in
the morning sun, sopping up the last of the bacon grease with the bread (This
was no "low fat" meal, but God was it good!).
Once the temperature warmed up, collecting began, there were a few flowers of
Aster and golden rod along the edge of the wood, a mad chase to catch a white
female or sneaking up on males as they lay tilting to one side to catch the
warmth of the sun The ride home in the dappled light of dusk with a dozen
specimens in triangle.
All were mounted on Sunday morning before church.
I remember the great times as a teenage boy, net in hand. If more young
people collected the things of nature, maybe our world would be a better
place. (I'll bet NABA loves this story) It beats the hell out of dope and
booze (But not girls, I remember chasing them too! Ah, but that's another
Don't you just hate a reminiscing old fool!
Leroy C. Koehn
Lake Worth, FL
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