She (ID book didn’t distinguish sex) may be old and faded but this painted lady is in pretty good shape for her age and is still here in mid-October. Maybe she’ll hang around until the first frost. I watched one fly low over the lawn, glowing in the sunlight as it searched for sorrel, followed faithfully by a little orange skipper.
I would prefer not to be known as bluegill bait.
Caterpillars may be setting fall fashion but this tent caterpillar isn’t quite what my chilly toes were looking for.
Wolly bear is not sporting a black stripe this season… What does that mean?!
Yellow is a warm color.
This yellow jacket is enjoying frog ribs.
Insects take care of road kill vultures miss.
I was startled to discover a pink grasshopper in my yard.
I often see gold ones with wonderfully striped hind legs.
They are also often green. In case you were wondering, this one is dining on poop from a raccoon who had been dining on persimmons.
Check out what remains of the swallowtails and the rear wing edges of this old female tiger swallowtail. (You recognize a female because she wears a blue skirt.)
Here is the back edge of her faded and torn front wing.
And here she is, her whole self, happily feasting on butterfly bush blossoms. Look closely at the next butterfly you see. Check for damage. Sometimes you’ll find a butterfly well able to fly in spite of having lost most of a rear wing to a bird that missed its juicy body.
Look closely and you’ll find a dentist ant working on this accidental catfish jaw. Eagles are so good at discarding the parts they don’t want to eat, like this jaw full of teeth. It’s interesting to see how many fish parts they discard in the road.