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Welcome to Delaware --- in Canada

A few days ago - driving in the Canadian province of Ontario - I happened to notice that the town of Delaware was not far off the highway from London, Ontario...
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Monarchs starting to show up in Delaware in greater numbers

After the Monarch population implosion last year - an apparent consequence of U.S. agricultural practices; reduction of milkweed habitat; and the contraction of overwintering sites in Mexico - it was an open question whether many of us would see ANY Monarchs here in Delmarva this year...
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Start of summer sees many butterflies, moths; first Monarchs sighted in our region this year

Mid-June is a great time for butterflies and moths because many spring species (for example, Hairstreaks) are still flying; the big dramatic Swallowtail butterflies and Silk moths have all emerged; Fritillaries are flying; and we start to see Monarchs...
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Radio hobbyists from around North America to gather for SWL Winterfest in Plymouth Meeting

Our annual appeal for radio hobbyists: Long-distance radio hobbyists (DX'ers), whether attracted to long-distance A.M. medium wave, longwave, shortwave, TV, FM, or UHF DX; amateur radio operators (hams); CB'ers; scanner afficionados; "pirate" radio broadcasters; etc...
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Giant Swallowtail butterfly sighting in northern Delaware; Monarchs remain scarce!

Over the last couple of months have come several reports of sightings of the Giant Swallowtail, eclipsing the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail as the largest butterfly species in North America north of the Rio Grande...
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The end of an era in International Shortwave Broadcasting: Voice of Russia (former Radio Moscow) to leave shortwave by year's end

For those of us who grew up in the 1960's and 1970's - listening to international shortwave stations (and there were several of us in my neighborhood!) - it didn't take much effort to listen to Radio Moscow's English-language broadcasts...
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Banner year for Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (The Delaware state butterfly)

By all accounts, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are appearing in large numbers in our region. These large butterflies, which are mainly black and yellow - except for the 10% or so which are black-form females - seem to be everywhere...
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Summer butterflies and moths

With the start of summer - but before it gets too hot - go to a state park or wildlife management area, or indeed, in some cases even your backyard, and see what you can find...
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Incredible archive excerpts from Czech Radio over 90 years

If you're into European history and/or international radio, you may want to listen to a podcast from Radio Prague in late May. May 18th marked the 90th anniversary of radio broadcasting in what was then Czechoslovakia...
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Spring Butterflies in full swing

A little later than last year, but single-brooded, spring butterflies have finally emerged. If you want to enrich your outdoors experience with butterfly species BEYOND those you'd find in your back yard or even a state park, in most cases, you have to make a little effort! Falcate Orangetips (smaller than our ubiquitous Cabbage White), but with beautiful orange patches on the upper wings of the males, are now flying in certain habitats...
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"Late Spring": Late emergence of butterflies

With so many chilly days in March and early April with overnight temperatures in the 30's - even below freezing - butterflies are emerging about three weeks later than last spring...
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Celebrate postage stamps with DELPEX 2013

If you or a family member collects stamps - or has ever collected postage stamps - revive your philatelic interest by making plans to visit this year's annual stamp show sponsored by the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club...
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DX / QSL "Golden Oldies"

Just as hearing an old tune from your childhood or teenaged years can evoke incredible memories, for those of us who grew up listening to international shortwave radio stations, so too can the sounds of Interval Signals and opening themes...
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Radio hobbyists from across the continent (and even around the world) to converge on Plymouth Meeting, PA

I put this out on my hobby blog each year. If you have an interest in almost any aspect of radio monitoring as a hobby (Shortwave, yes, but also long-distance A...
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Chance to order a roll of one of the last million Canadian pennies

Here's an inexpensive gift for yourself or a coin collecting friend... something of a stocking-stuffer. The Royal Canadian Mint is offering special penny wrap rolls featuring a serialized, tamper-proof, holographic label authenticating it as one of the last Million pennies distributed by the Mint for $9...
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Euro Golden Oldies on Shortwave

I've lamented before about the disappearance from shortwave of some of the very finest international broadcasting stations, although in some cases (Radio Canada International, Radio Netherlands Worldwide), even the web broadcasting has crashed...
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Movie Review: Latest James Bond installment, "Skyfall"

We finally got around to seeing "Skyfall" (at the Newark theater, always cheaper!) in high anticipation given the mostly positive initial reviews. More than most, this Bond flick offered strong character development...
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Since Sandy... early end to Butterflies

Sometimes the butterfly season extends well into November, especially in southern Delaware and south Jersey. Not so much this year. So, the butterfly season - which began about two weeks early - also ended early...
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October Butterflies & Moths

The Swallowtails have almost disappeared, except for possibly Black Swallowtails in your garden or in some of our state parks, and the third brood of Zebra Swallowtails in Cecil County's Elk Neck State Park...
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Can there be a "cute" moth? Indeed. Check out this photo!

Many people can understand my fascination for butterflies. But moths? For some reason, they generate an "ick" factor, especially for some women. Tiny drab moths in closets have poisoned attitudes about ALL moths...
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