This week we’re hunting for Starts with I, Week’s Favorite, and Pink.
“I” is for instar. This is the first-stage caterpillar from the egg of a Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
I see a huge gap between the first and second photos. Please scroll down to see #2-3. Thanks!
Week’s Favorite: Black Swallowtail chrysalis
If you look closely, you can see the delicate web “girdle” attaching it to the stem. I witnessed a Northern Cardinal snacking on a large caterpillar, so I put a few in an aquarium in the kitchen to preserve some butterflies.
Pink: Our Encore Azalea is blooming
The young Brown Thrasher posed on this week’s good fence.
Another shot of the adult and juvenile.
Wild Bird Wednesday
Mid-August, we wandered some back roads along the Rappahannock River on our way home after a weekend with family. The Osprey perched on this limb where it had a literal bird’s-eye view of the river. Evening approached, time to look for a little something for dinner, and fish was on the menu.
The camera lens extended into digital zoom, and I shot from inside the car, elbows anchored on the door to serve as a tripod. Frame after frame, I couldn’t get a clear shot. I finally realized the car’s idle caused enough vibration to interfere with clarity. Hubby shut off the engine, I got this shot, and called it a day.
Below is one of about a bazillion reasons (slight exaggeration) to stay inside the car. It’s yellow-fly season, and those little buggers bite! On vacation a couple years ago, I had a run-in with them. Apparently, I tasted a lot better than hubby. They drew blood! We didn’t stay on that beach long.
Patiently waiting on the other side of my car window.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday
Share Your World
Here are Cee’s questions for this week’s Share Your World post:
What is your favorite comfort snack food?
Nuts with dark chocolate
Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?
If I had any in my possession right now, they would be as you described.
If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
One would be watching TV, the other blogging.
Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak?
Not being able to speak can be overcome (I talk to myself a lot!) I choose to be able to read.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to have had a couple days without interruption to work on my sewing/ironing/craft-storage room, and I look forward to increasing my step count again this week.
I hope you’ll share your answers, too!
Friday’s Hunt v2.8
This week we are hunting for things that Start with H, Week’s Favorite, and Single.
Thursday didn’t seem as Hot as what has become the norm, so I took my iPhone 6 Plus to the backyard with me when I filled feeders and birdbaths. I checked the fennel, and found several Hungry Black Swallowtail caterpillars. This is the first time I’ve seen them this year.
My Week’s Favorite shows the Black-eyed Susans moved in with the fennel. They were probably like the rest of us, looking for a wee bit of shade.
Most of the Purple Coneflowers resemble burnt toast, but I found this single blossom.
I have yet another fence from Edenton, NC. That was certainly a worthwhile trip.
Two fences, actually, one in front and one behind the tree. Look at that tree!
Doesn’t the bench look inviting?
The tree in all its glory. The fence and bench are dwarfed by it.
Wild Bird Wednesday
Last week I shared the Brown Thrasher. This week it’s back, and brought its offspring. The adults build the nest together, and share incubation duties and feeding.
The North American Breeding Bird Survey shows the Brown Thrasher’s numbers declined 41% from 1966 to 2014. Along with loss of habitat, this website states: They can become unintended casualties of pesticides that people use to control insects, including organophosphates used in pecan plantations, dieldrin used on fields, and heptachlor used to combat Japanese beetles.
Brown Thrasher adult
Meet the baby! Love that blue eye.
Baby’s fed, time for a relaxing bath!
Thanks for hosting, Stewart! Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday