|after sunrise rockland harbor|
|spotted salamander larva|
|spotted salamander larva with leg out|
this is the vernal pool update!
|American redstart underside|
|begging Redstart fledgling|
|first spring male Redstart, that was feeding young|
|one young yellow warbler|
|and a second young yewllow warbler|
|American lady butterflies have two large circle on the|
bottom of their hindwings
|American ladies have four dots on the top if its hindwing|
|painted ladies, on the other hand, have four small black dots on the underside of its hind wing|
|and four dots above - none blue|
|what a July for monarchs!|
No one seems to remember a July full of Monarchs quite like this one. in my experience the fall, southern migration tends to be when Monarchs are at their thickest along the coast.
This July is nutty with Monarchs!
|caterpillars are made! or something like that|
|and when two monarchs love each other....|
|green frog eggs|
|this one still has a small tail|
|eastern pond hawk male|
If you are interested in dragonflies and damselflies there is no better/easier place to access. Here’s a sample of what I’ve been seeing by the pond!
All green females!
|Blue Dasher male|
|female widow skimmer|
|close up of whitetail face shows two deer fly|
wings sticking out of its mouth
|lots of hot action in the salt marshes when seaside|
dragonlets are arpund
|this seaside dragonlet has a funky right hind wing|
|baneberry. do not eat this stuff|
Another favorite parasitic plant is Dodder, whose vines are starting to take over sections of Lane's Island - and that's not a bad thing!
|dodder viney tendrils|
|you can see the forktail's abdomen under the water as she|
slices the bladderwort stem to put an egg inside.
|just the wings above water|
|thinning chocolate tube slime|
|bitter bolete pores|
|violet brown boletes|
|cleft -footed bulbous base with tares|
that's a lot of stuff -
And Leif on stage at acting camp - having a ball.
See you out there!