The Secret of Nymph

On the stinky brink

On the stinky brink

Looking something like a squishy flying saucer, this Green stink bug nymph (perhaps Chinavia halaris) held a precarious-looking but steady position as half its body seemed to float in space at the edge of a leaf.

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Sentry park

Mullein it over

Mullein it over

This lone stalk of Moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria) was poised like a purple-faced scarecrow standing guard over a field in Tatum Park.

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Great crested eyecatcher

Crest in show

Crest in show

Just here for the summer to breed and hang out, the Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) makes quite an impression due to its relatively large size and sun-colored underside.

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A Weed Called Horsefly

The Indigo Swirls

The Indigo Swirls

A few outcroppings of Horseflyweed or Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) added a welcoming sprig of sunny color to a parched patch of meadow between two wooded trails at Charleston Springs.

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Citizen Crane

Fragilely agile

Fragilely agile

Dangling from the tip of a woodland fern, this Phantom crane fly (perhaps Bittacomorpha clavipes) was the picture of grace and equilibrium as it balanced itself by deftly maneuvering its slender two-tone legs.

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The Raiser’s Fledge

Kittenbird

Kittenbird

Not long out of the nest and probably not quite ready for full flight, this little Gray catbird fledgling was hopping from low branch to low branch. After a few minutes, one of its parents came by with a snack.

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Sunspot

Wine and celandine

Wine and celandine

A few stems of Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) provided heady, bright highlights to a mostly shady wooded path.

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