Treefrogs Arrive!!

A Cope’s Gray Treefrog out for what may be it’s first land adventure.

It’s that time of year again when we start to see newly morphed treefrogs on the vegetation surrounding the Wetlands. Yesterday (6/22/11), I was out walking the “Wild” with a group of Summer Campers. The sharp-eyed campers spotted the treefrogs pictured here on the branches of the now blooming Buttonbush which grows along the south side of the Wetlands.

Another individual clings to a branch of Buttonbush. The frog is about 15 mm in length (note the leaf stems on either side of the frog).

Gray treefrogs can be green, gray, or even brown in color, depending upon what it is that they’re resting on at the time. Whatever color they are, they will always show a light mark under each eye.

Buttonbush with a nectaring Silver-spotted Skipper.

For those of you who are not familiar with what Buttonbush looks like please glance right. The spherical blossoms attract many insects in search of a sweet sip of nectar. Each inflorescence or “button” contains many small flowers which can keep a butterfly, bee, or beetle busy for some time as it visits the various buttons on the bush. Buttonbush likes to grow near water.

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