Stands with a Fist
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.
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.
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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Tagged 'Goldfinger', American Goldfinch, bird, bird nest, birding, nature, nature photography, nest, park, Spinus tristis
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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Tagged Asclepias tuberosa, Banded hairstreak, Butterfly milkweed, nature, nature photography, orange wildflowers, park, Satyrium calanus, wildflower
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.
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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Tagged 'Chick Habit', April March, blue wildflower, chicory, Chicory flowers, Cichorium intybus, nature, nature photography, park, wildflowers
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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Tagged European paper wasp, insect, mulberry, nature, nature photography, park, Polistes dominula, wasp