Archive for September, 2017

Fall Flutterers

Monarch butterflies haven’t been as numerous as they have in previous years.

Silver-spotted skippers have a white spot on the underside of their hindwings, and American painted ladies have four smaller spots on underside of their hindwings.

A Sachem skipper is in the right side of the picture, and two painted lady butterflies on the left.

This picture was taken closer to the butterfly and shows the intricate design of the painted lady.

The red circle easily identifies the red admiral butterfly.And last, but not least, is the common Monarch butterfly.





I look out the picture window beside my computer. It’s a pear tree that’s been dead for several years.

I just leave it for the birds.

Bluebirds show the most interest in it.

This is an immature bluebird,

and this one is nearing adulthood.

They still show interest in the long-dead tree.

I will leave the tree until it’s on the ground and is no use for the birds.

I definitely have had years of enjoyment from it and the birds.


Predator – Butterfly

Several pearl crescent butterflies visit the sedum plants in the moon garden.

They concentrate more on eating than watching out for predators.

It’s hard to see from the angle of the camera that there’s a predator behind the wings on the right. This time it’s an ambush bug.

  The ambush bugs are only up to 1/2 inch long, and can change color to match the color of the flower they’re on.

Orb Webs

Spider numbers began increasing in July).

Their webs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The spider is in the center of this web.

Another spider spun this orb web, attaching the end points of two lobes of the leaf. I didn’t check to see if I could find the spider. It would probably be too small to see.

This web looks like the spider was in a hurry to finish the web,

and this one wanted seclusion.






Eastern Pewee

An eastern wood pewee, a flycatcher, landed on a stick on our cistern.

Notice the pale yellow low on the front of its belly. It also lacks eye rings,

It sure looks like it has an attitude with me watching it (from inside the house).

A pewee call’s a whistled “pee-a-wee.”

I do hope it sets up residence in our yard, or returns at some point this summer.