Taking a powder

Six-part ab

Six-part ab

This delicate damselfly — perhaps a Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) — found a nice fern frond to rest on in Thompson Park. Its long, segmented abdomen looked like a decorative piece of dark bamboo.

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Campion gear

Little round jug

Little round jug

Drooping on the stem like a jellyfish with filament feelers or an upturned water sack, this small Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) stands out among its splay-petaled neighbors.

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The Vertical Day in the Sun

Out on a climb

Out on a climb

Not at his preferred eating establishment at the moment, but certainly nearby, this Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) flew and climbed his way around a group of several large plants.

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Three-form display

Sparkling white wind spinners

Sparkling white wind spinners

This one stem of Soapwort or Bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis) simultaneously showed several stages of its flower form: from unopened umbrella to full throttle propeller, ending with deflated balloon.

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Chlorophyll to the brim

It is easy being green.

It is easy being green.

Almost up to his oversized eyeballs in a soupy mix of Common duckweed (Lemna minor) and algae, this frog looked quite comfortable and right at home.

(Earlier post about a similar frog.)

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Solar-powered dairy case

Sunny side up

Sunny side up

Cooked by the summer sun, a few orders of Butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris) brighten the main entry path of Weltz Park.

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Glider hang out

'They call me the wanderer'

‘They call me the wanderer’

This somewhat stubby dragonfly — a Globe skimmer or Wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), I think — was taking a brief break from his travels to rest on some tall marsh grass.

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