Birds, bugs, flowers and children. My yard is teeming with life. Here are some random shots from Summer so far:
My daughter, Nicole. Nearly 2 years old now.
My son, Jacob. Nearly 4 years old.
My son, Caleb. Almost 6 and also a weirdo.
Ilia Underwing Moth caterpillar blending in with the lichen on an Oak tree.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalis found under a log in spring and kept in a container for a couple of months
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, now emerged from the chrysalis pictured above and ready to fly.
Probably not the same Butterfly, but still looking pretty, resting on a Yarrow flower near the pond. Taken this morning.
Pine Sawyer Beetle (male)
Pair of Milkweed Leaf Beetles
Pair of Blinded Sphynx Moths (mating), hanging from a grapevine.
Female Blinded Sphynx Moth (now detached from male) with eyespots visible on the wings
Gypsy Moth Caterpillar
This Root Borer Beetle was a large male. At around an inch and a half, it was about half the size of a female. If you are wondering if they bite, they do…and it hurts.
Water Lily in the pond
Mother Hairy Woodpecker feeding her young from a suet feeder high up in a Pine tree.