Sunday, July 31, 2011
I took these photos today in Springbrook's south prairie about 100 feet apart from each other.
The Viceroy's hind wing stripe is not present on the Monarch as you can see in this picture. This is a male Monarch, identified by the black "scent pouches" along the inside vein on the hind wing. But the two butterflies do look a lot alike.
This caterpillar was on the east end of Springbrook's south prairie this morning, shaking the raindrops off from last night's storms and eating as fast as it could.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This Painted Lady Butterfly was on some thistle near by. They are medium sized, quick flying butterflies with different colors on the underside of the wings than on the top side.
Right after I took this picture a female Eastern Pond Hawk dragonfly swooped in and grabbed the little skipper and flew off to eat him for lunch.
So, life is not just fun in the sun for these pretty decorations in our gardens. They are working hard to find mates and lay eggs before the needs of other critters intersect with theirs!
See dragonfly below enjoying lunch!!
Monday, July 4, 2011
They are attractive frogs with bright yellow throats, green colors, and jewel like big eyes. The large circular "button" behind the eye is the tympanic membrane of its ear.
Notice the reflection of the boardwalk railing in the eye of the frog below. Lay on your stomach on the baordwalk and you can get close up pictures of the frogs too. But only for the next week or so.