Seeing (red) spots
This sunlit Red-spotted purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis
) seemed to be checking out the soft ruby fruit of an Autumn olive tree (Elaeagnus umbellate
From this vantage point, the underside of the wings look light brown, while on the flip side they were darker and edged in bright blue.
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Inclined to leave
This gull — perhaps a non-breeding Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla
) — was in the process of abandoning its post on the Manasquan Reservoir. The tip of its dark beak was daubed with a dull hint of red.
Growing at various spots along the way, rose-colored Spindletree berries (genus Euonymus
) brightened the bike path on Sandy Hook. Oddly shaped, they looked a bit like little pumpkins.
Huddled closely together on a bumpy seed pod, these Large milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus
) in various stages of development — from young nymphs & teenagers to adults — didn’t seem to need much personal space.
(Earlier post about a different kind of milkweed patron.)
Lemon meringue mushroom
Covered neatly with stiff white peaks of meringue — or so it seemed — this Puffball mushroom (something in the Lycoperdon
genus perhaps) looked like an airy, if fungal, confection peaking out from behind a few weedy leaves.
Perched among some woody squiggle vines, this Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta
) blended in very well with the branch bark, other than adding one small spot of color.
Beach plum plants (Prunus maritime
) laden with soft purple-blue moons lined the trail around one of the observation decks on Sandy Hook.
The powdery skins of some seemed etched with fruity hieroglyphics.