Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lissome lepidopteran luncheon

This fuzz-rusty Least Skipper butterfly (Ancyloxypha numitor) turns an everyday activity like eating into a fantastic feat of contortion, as it unrolls its amazingly long proboscis and extends it to extract nectar from a white clover blossom (Trifolium).

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Merry multicolored mulberries

Similar in appearance to blackberries but growing on more of a tree than a viny bush, these mulberries add small splashes of red, pink, and dark purple to their otherwise all-green environs. This tree is on the bank of one … Continue reading

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Leaning tower of turtle

Not sure how this turtle managed to get its backside perched up on a stumpy branch this way, but he seems comfortable enough — although perhaps a bit stealthy, trying to hide behind those few blades of swampy grass.

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Sky-dipped mopheads

Blue & white ‘mophead’ blossoms of a common hydrangea bush (Hydrangea macrophylla) by a couple of benches in the park. They remind me of old-fashioned swimming caps covered with bright plastic flowers.

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Sweet summer snow storm

Although parts of this Ivory silk or Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’) have begun to fade and turn brown, there were still snowy white blooms enough to entice a frenzy of bees, beetles, and ants to the sugary … Continue reading

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Bright-eyed and bluesy-tailed

Incredible shiny sky eyes on this blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) at rest on a branch at the edge of the little swampy patch.

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Toasty brown hot dogs of summer

The rich brown frankfurter flowers of these cattails (perhaps Broadleaf cattails (Typha latifolia)) are skewered at the end of their stems and slowly roasting over leafy green flames flickering in the breeze of a marshy area of the park.

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