An American Lady (Venessa Virginiensis) was spotted in the aster patch in Catch the Wind yesterday (11/3). In fact, there were several butterfly species and both bumble and honey bees working the tiny asters.
An Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) was seen slowly crossing the path in Explore the Wild near the Red Wolf Exhibit. The cool shade of the path made this snake’s movements rather sluggish. It appeared to be heading for its winter quarters and was seen about 30 minutes later in the mulch below the cedars behind the kiosk of that exhibit, a distance of about about 15 feet.
There were numerous school groups in the area yesterday and many kids and chaperons got good looks at the snake.
Another snake seen yesterday near the Dinosaur Trail was most likely a Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi). I didn’t get a look at the snake myself, but from the description given me by a school teacher who happened to see the snake, Brown Snake is a good bet. I often see them at this time of year, as well as in the early spring, as they move to and from their summer and winter quarters.
A late bloomer for sure, Mahonia is starting to take off on the Dinosaur Trail. This plant, along with Fatsia, also on the Dinosaur Trail, blooms in late fall and early winter in our area. If you miss the summer and its numerous insects, if you’re feeling as though you need an insect fix, take a walk up to the Dino Trail in the next few weeks, you’ll probably see bees, flies, and certainly ants crawling and hovering over the flowers of these late bloomers.
And, a parting shot…
Have a good one,