Images From My Saturday

Treebeard and I went for a walk today. Here are some of the things we saw...

I can't even imagine how this umbrella found its way onto this beaver's lodge. Perhaps the beaver thought it would make a lovely decorative accent.

All the red floating out on the pond is coming from...

...this little plant: Azolla caroliniana, Mosquito Fern

A snake's skeleton on the trail...lots of vertebrae and ribs. Nothing left to ID the snake, though.

Sometimes, nature seems brutal. I watched as this yellowjacket severed this rosy maple moth's abdomen from its thorax. The head and thorax moved away as the yellowjacket made off with the fat abdomen. A bountiful harvest for the yellowjacket and a violent end for the rosy maple moth...such is life.

A pretty Banded Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessallaris, visits my license plate.

Datana major, Azalea caterpillar, in defensive posture.


SquirrleyMojo said...

I thought the Azalea were mating!

Belle said...

Its amazing what you find when you are looking.


Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Liking the floating red one. Very cool.

swamp4me said...

SQMojo, the caterpillars don't have the, uh, equipment necessary to mate. Perhaps they are practicing ;)

Belle, there is never any shortage of interesting signts to see.

Bloggy, the mosquito fern is pretty. It is green in the early summer and then turns red. We seem to have an over-abundance of it this year though.