Summer Sights

The butterfly in the top photo is an eastern tailed-blue. It belongs to a group of small butterflies known as blues. They are typically blue on the upper surface of the wings. They like open spaces and generally fly low to the ground.

 

Closer look at eastern tailed-blue.

The eastern tailed-blue above is worn. Some of its markings are missing or obscured and one can barely make out a “tail” on the hind wing. Below is a more fresh individual, a male, displaying the reason for the name “blue” attached to these butterflies.

Upper surface of male’s wings are blue.

Green tree frogs continue to be seen perched atop the plants behind the information signage which is directly across from the Fossil Dig Site on the Dinosaur Trail. Have a look for yourself.

Green tree frog.

Finally, a blue dasher. The male dasher, a member of a group of dragonflies known as pond skimmers, perches on a twig over the edge of the water in the wetlands. Females are less colorful. Blue dashers, which at one time were called blue pirates by some, are small to medium-sized and can be found at most ponds, lakes, or marshes. If there’s water nearby, there’s probably a blue dasher or two around.

Note amber near base of wings on this male blue dasher.

There’s more to a simple walk than you may think, that is, if you keep your eyes open to what’s out there.

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