Summertime

It’s June, and meteorologically speaking, it’s summer. Here’re some photos taken during May as a way of saying goodbye to spring and hello to summer. Since we started off with a green tree frog perched upon Equisetum, or horsetail, in the top photo, we’ll continue with amphibians.

Green tree frogs do a good job of concealing themselves on horsetail (5/26/18).
Tiny toads were seen hopping across the paths surrounding the wetlands, the product of American toad breeding in late March (5/18/18).
A grey tree frog ventures onto the pavement in Explore the Wild (5/25/18).

Hairstreak butterflies are named for the long, hair-like scales that extend from the hind wings. They are pseudo antennae intended to fool would be predators into thinking the hind wing area is the head of the butterfly. The predators attack the tail end of the insect instead of the head. Better to lose a piece of your wing than your head.

A juniper hairstreak on yarrow (5/24/18).

 

A banded hairstreak on yarrow (5/24/18).

There are two types of tent caterpillars in our area, eastern tent caterpillar and forest tent caterpillar. The former builds silken tents in the crotch of tree branches, the later does not.

A forest tent caterpillar crawls along the railing on the boardwalk leading to Explore the Wild (5/5/18).

The Bird Viewing Exhibit is a good place to sit, relax, and watch birds.

A red-bellied woodpecker peeks out from behind a suet feeder (5/4/18).
A juvenile eastern towhee forages for seeds below the feeders in Catch the Wind (5/25/18).
Here’s what the adults look like, (male left, female right).
Brown thrasher in the brush (5/29/18).
Parent thrasher feeding insect to juvenile (5/29/18).

That’s all for now.

Happy summer!

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