Mild winter probably allowed more insects to survive. I just consider it more food for the birds.
My advice is to purchase the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America and study the buggers.
Some of our backyard Mining Bees are up already, which is probably 10 to 14 days earlier than normal. Last Sunday, I saw a butterfly zip through our backyard, which I think it was the Eastern Comma. Turtles and snakes are out now. Lots of small, flying insects are hovering about. Of course, crocuses are blooming. It's a fine time of the year.
The upcoming weather forecast is a bit stunning for mid-March. It's not necessarily the fact that we hit 70-plus degrees today that is odd. It's the fact that we may reach these temps for the next six days too. That's amazing.
Today's (March 14) official high temp at Toledo Express airport hit 78 degrees, and it was not a record. The record high temp for today was 79 set in 1990.
The forecast high temps for Toledo:
- Thu, Mar 15 - lower 70s
- Fri, Mar 16 - lower 70s
- Sat, Mar 17 - lower 70s
- Sun, Mar 18 - mid 70s
- Mon, Mar 19 - mid 70s
- Tue, Mar 20 - upper 70s
- Wed, Mar 21 - mid 70s
Freakish. That's nice weather for May.