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Month: September 2010

Band-tailed Pigeon Ready to Leave

Band-tailed Pigeon Ready to Leave

This tree is at the end of the cul de sac that we live on.  Since the top seems to have died and never has leaves, it attracts a lot of different kinds of birds.  Sometimes I need to snap photos and take a look at them zoomed in before I can figure out what kind of bird it is.  That was the case here. OK- now that we’ve zoomed in this bird identification is obvious.  Click on the photo. …

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Cross Spiders Are Everywhere

Cross Spiders Are Everywhere

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a lot of cross spiders.  They seem to be everywhere. I walk into webs when I leave the house in the morning, and if I wander anywhere off the beaten path around the yard I also get a face full of web.  I’ve talked to neighbors and co-workers and everyone seems to be noticing that they are all over the place. Cross Spiders are easy to identify- they spin orb-shaped webs and…

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Crab Spider Coming Up Roses

Crab Spider Coming Up Roses

I noticed some movement on my white roses the other day and decided to take a closer look.  Sure enough, a Crab Spider was lurking underneath with freshly caught prey.  Crab Spiders are able to change their color somewhat to more closely resemble the flower they are hiding under.  This one is pure white- same as the flower.  They can also turn their coloring into a shade of yellow and, as a result, are also called Goldenrod Spiders. Crab spiders…

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Rhododendron Leafhopper

Rhododendron Leafhopper

This leafhopper was jumping around on one of my rhododendrons.  As I approached it with my camera, it would literally hop to another leaf. I couldn’t figure out what kind of leafhopper this was at first.  It wasn’t in any of my guide books.  Let’s take a closer look. After searching on Bugguide.net, I figured out that this is actually a Rhododendron Leafhopper!  According to UKSafari, these bugs feed on the sap from the rhododendron leaves.  They lay their eggs…

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Anna’s Hummingbird Sticking Around

Anna’s Hummingbird Sticking Around

This hummingbird was sitting in a cherry tree across the street.  We usually have Anna’s Hummingbirds living in our yard, but this one has me a bit confused because its red coloring doesn’t appear to cover its entire head.  See this post for an example of an adult male’s all-red head. My guess is that this is a juvenile male that is still developing its red coloring.  His chirping sounds like an Anna’s (distinctively raspy), and Anna’s Hummingbirds are known…

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Vastness

Vastness

Source: Hubblesite.org On Greg Laden’s Blog there is a link to THIS SITE.  It is an interactive look at the relative sizes of objects in our universe, and since my backyard is in the universe I suppose it is OK to post it here. Please click the link and explore- I’ll bet after you look at it you will sit and think about the wonders and possibilities of our universe.  Enjoy.

Woodland Skipper in the Sun

Woodland Skipper in the Sun

This Woodland Skipper butterfly found a nice spot in my garden to relax in the sun.  See this post by Photos of My Port Townsend for another nice view of this insect.  The photo above gives us a great look at the butterfly’s mouth tube all curled up in its “stowaway” position.  Once it finds some nectar to drink it will uncurl and suck the tasty flower juices.  This photo also gives us a great look at the eyes and…

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Caterpillar on Blanketflower

Caterpillar on Blanketflower

I was looking at my blanketflowers the other day and saw this little caterpillar creep out from a hiding place. Most caterpillars feed on plants, so it isn’t surprising to find a caterpillar here.  I am surprised though at finding one so late in the summer.  Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths.  I imagine that this one will find some shelter for the winter before it metamorphoses in the spring. Related posts:Big fat caterpillar!Introduced Caterpillar To Eat Introduced…

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