Beautiful. Grows in clumps all summer long here along the edge of our tidal pond and even creates wonderful blue and green islands in the middle of the pond. Grown from seeds and rhizomes, they are regularly planted in water gardens here and across the pond. Young shoots, leaves and seeds are edible. Make sure you are collecting from clean water.
This is a male Black Swallowtail butterfly. Obvious differences between black swallowtail male and female are found in the big yellow “V” on their wings. The male’s “V” pattern looks like it is composed of a long row of crooked yellow teeth. The female’s “V” is made up of a line of small yellow dots. The female also has more blue on hind wings, similar to the female tiger swallowtail. Swallowtails are easy to observe because they spend a lot of time drinking flower nectar. It doesn’t even take much patience, just some flowers.
Looks like there are stripes on all this wasp’s body parts except the wings. Maybe magnification would find stripes on wings. Do you think the stripes going in different directions is for camouflage? My research indicates it is another kind of paper wasp. Quite elegant! Even if it is sitting on my leg…
Tiger swallowtail female enjoying butterfly bush!
Same butterfly from the top. Wings in motion. For some reason the female Tiger swallowtail is prettier than the male. She has the wonderful blue. Compare the wing colors from above and below. Amazing differences! Please share with other butterfly lovers.
Baby birds scream until they are too full to move. So an osprey chick with a full stomach is quiet.
Red Eye is so full she can focus on grooming. But there is still an osprey survival lesson in progress. Mom retrieved the scrap of fish Red Eye didn’t finish in the nest, brought it up to her favorite eating branch and is now demonstrating that there was more food to be had from Red Eye’s discards.
Red Eye is observing mom’s thoroughness. Maybe next time there will be fewer left-overs for mom.
Female wasp giving piggy-back ride to males! Sometimes they carry 2 males on their backs. Please look closely. You can count 6 antennae lower left, just under stack of 3 heads. And 3 abdomens are easy to count on the right. Similar triple-decker photos were in an earlier blog. These photos demonstrate that it isn’t such a rare occurrence.
Reminds me of a circus act! Please share with your buggy friends.
I believe in picking up trash along the road. In my neighborhood trash isn’t discarded only by people. Sometimes an eagle drops left over bits of catfish. Please let me know if you want to see further photos of the catfish left overs, aka wild edibles.