Burgundy is fat

'What a maroon.'

“What a maroon.”

Lush and deep like many of the other leaves these days, this maple leaf — probably of a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) — has drunk its fill of claret and will soon find itself tumbling down.

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Thiodina Goes Wild

Eyes in the back of its head

Eyes in the back of its head

From the side this tiny, globular creature initially could’ve passed for animal or vegetable — until it started crawling upwards, ending the debate. It may be something within the family of Jumping spiders (perhaps Thiodina sylvana).

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Figure of preach

Jumping Jack

Jumping Jack

Looking a bit like a mutant bell pepper, this Matango-esque seed head is just the topper for the exuberant woodland stick figure formed by a Jack-in-the-pulpit.

(Earlier post about the leafier stage of this kind of plant.)

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Creamsicle crawler



Elegantly cloaked in colorful kimono wings, slender Ailanthus webworm moths (Atteva aurea) were sipping nectar from clusters of White snakeroot flowers (Ageratina altissima).

Despite their bright coloring, the white-flower wing patterns blended well with their host plants making them easy to miss if passed by too quickly.

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Boxer sorts

Catching the red eye

Catching the red eye

With a few chinks in his shelly armor, this Eastern box turtle looked as though he’d been around the block a few times.

(May be the same turtle seen in that park last year.)

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The old flower trick



Performing their end of summer magic, Goldenrod flowers (perhaps Gray goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis) are transforming bright yellow petals into fluffy white flyaways.

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Fawntastic Two

Brotherly (or sisterly) love

Brotherly (or sisterly) love

Lots of fawns in the park this year, with 13 being the highest number spotted during one walk. These two were probably siblings, or possibly cousins. Either way, they seemed to be fond of each other.

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