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Ant Manna

Bright yellow prickly pear flowers are blooming all over the sandy-soiled sections of Weltz Park. A tiny, ant-sized bee was enjoying one of the sweet cactus cups. Might be Eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa).

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Cuckoo camp-out

Since the park revamp took down most of the cherry trees — and thus the tent caterpillars that used to set up camp on them — this Black-billed cuckoo parked itself by one of the few remaining nests for a … Continue reading

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Pink drapefruit

A small treasure to come upon in the woods, this Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) brightened the walk otherwise dominated by browns & greens.

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Mama and the Seven Woods

A little family of Wood ducks appeared briefly in a forest stream. At least seven ducklings swam into view (there may have been nine altogether) before their vigilant mother ushered them in a different direction. A real treat to see … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Bobbin’ Hood

Not too far from where we saw him a couple of years ago, a male Hooded warbler popped up on a windy day and casually skipped around the leaf litter before crossing the path.

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It Might As Well Be Springbeauty

A loose carpet of pale pink wildflowers lined some of the wooded paths of Bayonet Farm. I think these lightly striped examples are Virginia springbeauty (Claytonia virginica).

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Dressed to thrill

Sporting some of the finest finery around, this male wood duck couldn’t have been more dapper as he paddled around Lake Takanassee.

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It’s the Great Orb Weaver, Charlie Brown

Just in time for Halloween, a bright orange, pumpkin-like spider was forthrightly making its way across a paved path. I think it’s a female Marbled orb weaver (Araneus marmoreus).

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Random Harvestbells

Scattered here and there along the quarry lake of Plainsboro Preserve, Harvestbells or Soapwort gentian (Gentiana saponaria) added even more oomph to an already beautiful Fall day. Some groupings varied in color, presenting a soft serving of frosted blueberry & … Continue reading

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The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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