Double your chuck

Stands with a Fist

Stands with a Fist

Leaving home

Leaving home

Creating what looks like a threatening stance, this woodchuck was probably just holding a thin edible in his little clenched hand vs. trying to look menacing. (This is actually the mild-mannered ‘Hedgy’, not to be confused with ‘Edgy’.)

Meanwhile, another furry fellow from the library field had wandered deeper into the woods to gather leaves, presumably to use in sprucing up his burrow.

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Mix & Match Moths

Winged window panes

Winged window panes

Looking like a fuzzy experiment in genetics, these Hummingbird clearwing moths (Hemaris thysbe) are true to their name. With transparent panes on their wings, they hovered like hummingbirds while drinking in milkweed nectar instead of taking the more leisurely approach of a sit-down meal.

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She’s the bird, the bird with the Midas clutch

Gold cup

Gold cup

Probably past the halfway point in basic construction, this female American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) was getting closer to completing her new nursery.

The spiny gumball to the right provides a sense of scale for the modest, if temporary, digs.

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Belly up to the flower power bar

Petal for one

Petal for one

Near the northern edge of Thompson Park, Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) was bursting with a bright orange bang.

Although mostly visited by bees, at least one cluster had a more conventional customer — maybe a Banded hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) — who settled in for a sugary drink.

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The Magically Chip

On balance

On balance

I'm ready for my close up

I’m ready for my close up

Definitely in the running for most adorable mammal, not to mention sprightliest, these Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) were full of peppy zip as they roamed around the path by the lake in Divine Park.

Like most of the other animals in that small area, they seemed to be well used to people walking nearby and occasionally interrupted their food-gathering errands for a short breather.

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Chicortreat

Chic Habit

Chic Habit

Like cupped rays of pale blue moonlight, these Chicory flowers (Cichorium intybus) were practically glowing along the edges of the park trail.

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Paper trail

Going 'round the mulberry bush

Going ’round the mulberry bush

This European paper wasp (Polistes dominula) was crawling all over, thoroughly inspecting a landscape of mulberry leaves, perhaps looking for the fruit hidden underneath.

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