Thursday, September 3, 2015

Seen at Brookside Gardens

It's been kind of a rough week, so I don't have any pithy insight for you all today. Just pretty eye candy from my recent lunchtime walks. Hope you enjoy! I'll be back on Monday with, I hope, something a little more meaningful.

A color-coordinated butterfly that landed on my ankle at Wings of Fancy yesterday. I walk through the exhibit daily to check on our volunteers, since I'm the assistant volunteer coordinator. Life is so hard! :-) I'll have to find out what species this is.

Female praying mantis with a deformed leg. She didn't seem to have any difficulty moving around, although here she's just waiting hopefully for a tasty fly or moth to land on the wood aster flowers.

Cute little Gray Hairstreak on some fuzzy Ageratum, or Mistflower.

Twelve-spot skimmer I found cruising around the stream at Brookside Gardens.

More creepy than pretty, massive quantities of Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars had overrun this common milkweed. Yeesh, they're like a little fuzzy army.

A pretty pink moth on a lovely coreopsis. Hopefully that makes up for the invading caterpillars, above.

Check out the aphid on the side of this monarch caterpillar! I presume it was only incidentally riding on the caterpillar, rather than actually hoping to get any food substance from the caterpillar itself. You can see lots more of the aphids elsewhere in this shot.
Hope you all can get outside and explore! There's a lot to be seen if you just take a minute to look around.

This post linked up with Saturday's Critters #93--


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    1. Thanks, Lea! I love the clouds on your blog header, so majestic! Great shot.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Your watercolor pumpkins and boots with leaves are pretty too, kind of a raw autumnal feel to both. At least that's what I took away from them.

  3. Hello Jodi, it is nice to meet another Maryland blogger. I loved all your images. The butterflies are gorgeous, I have never seen a pink moth. The dragonfly and Monarch caterpillar are awesome. The milkweed moth caterpillars are kind of cool looking. Great post! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    1. Thanks, Eileen. The pink moth was a surprise to me too, I've seen ones that had some pink, but not all over pink. I'm glad you enjoyed my somewhat random photos, thanks for stopping by. Your linkup's been a lot of fun so far.

  4. What fun shots! Just post more pretty shots. You don't have to be meaningful all the time :)

  5. Aw, thanks, bettyl. I sometimes feel like I should say something "important" all the time, not just post pretty pictures. But you're right, sometimes nature's beauty is important in its own right.

    I look forward to following your adventures in NZ too, especially as you explore that new garden area! So much fun to see what secrets might be hiding there.


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