This time of year we find ourselves enjoying fruit like only the summer provides. When we are done, we like to leave some for the butterflies. We learned this trick by accident years ago when my children were small. Our scraps brought unexpected visitors: butterflies of striking beauty.
We love to watch the butterflies that are attracted to rotting fruit.
Apparently when a piece of fruit begins to rot, some butterflies like to “drink up”. This viceroy butterfly uses its proboscis to suck up some of the watermelon’s sweet goodness.
I have many fun memories of butterfly watching with my kids. It will never get old. (This picture was taken years ago.)
Apparently, these baby birds were found in a nest that was built on the ground. I think they could be a whip-poor will or chuck will’s widow because they nest on the ground. The picture also shows the elongated wings. Anyone a bird expert?
An Eastern Phoebe’s (Sayornis phoebe) nest was spotted in a Southern Maryland Yard.
How fun! They build their nests from moss and grass lined mud nests.
Did you know that both parents will feed the baby birds?
Photos taken 04/21/2012
I discovered this adorable white-footed mouse Peromyscus leucopus while walking around my yard recently. I fortunately had my camera in hand so I was able to capture a few pictures to share. It was probably out foraging for berries, seeds, nuts, and/or insects when I disturbed it.
Can you see it?
I enjoyed seeing it.
I discovered this interesting caterpillar while doing yard work last summer. It was on a smilax plant (also called a greenbrier). I love the tendril-like projections on the curve-lined owlet (Phyprosopus callitrichoides). The neatest part is when they hold on with their anterior prolegs and dangle like a dead leaf. (see bottom photo)
Photo taken in June.
Photos taken one week later.