Monthly Archives: July 2014

Mix & Match Moths

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 … Continue reading

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She’s the bird, the bird with the Midas clutch

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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Belly up to the flower power bar

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) — … Continue reading

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The Magically Chip

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 … Continue reading

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Chicortreat

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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Paper trail

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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Young plant with a horn

Blaring orange, the flowers of this Trumpet creeper vine (Campsis radicans) put on quite a show to be seen, if not heard. These were near one entrance to the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold.

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