Feeding among clusters of pending white snakeroot blooms,
an orange assassin bug (Pselliopus barberi) proves the point of its name.
September 18, 2014
September 3, 2014
Unlike a pipevine swallowtail, the poisonous butterfly whose appearance it mimics,
and a dark form tiger swallowtail, which it also resembles, this spicebush swallowtail
displays two rows of orange spots on the underside of its wings
and opens its ivory-spotted, blue black back to the sun along Little Crum Creek.
August 26, 2014
Occasionally mowing rouses a colorful escapade before the mower’s blades,
such as the black and orange blur of a banded tiger moth’s flight,*
which often ends with a moth wedging itself head first
between blades of grass where it lands.
And so, briefly, I detained this one for the simple reason
of sharing the lively colors of a coming season.
*Reportedly moths of the Apantesis genus can be difficult to distinguish. But I’m winging it here and identifying this one as the banded tiger moth (Apantesis vittata) because of the solid black border of the hindwing (differentiating it from the often spotted black border of the harnessed tiger moth, Apantesis phalerata). As always, corrections welcome!
August 18, 2014
August 3, 2014
June 22, 2014
Several days before, I’d seen this gentle, solicitous sow
transport a newborn kit by mouth from one tree cavity to another.
Then one day a high lonesome cry filled the air,
answered only by a soothing reply, encouraging the youth to venture forth
on trunk and limb, which it did, eventually, with trepidation and a helping paw…
leaving them both exhausted and ready for a long afternoon nap
in the shelter of their leafy home.
Bonus Material: Behind the Scenes …
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