Monday, August 30, 2010

August 28, 2010

On Saturday I wandered down to the mailbox, camera in hand, on a dew-soaked morning that was chilly even though the sun was well up. Summer's winding down--the goldenrod has just started to bloom and the teasel has died back, but there's still some life to be found in it.

Differential grasshoppers (Melanoplus differentialis) are common pests, but here the cold nearly stilled them and they looked like intricate sculptures.

On the milkweed next to the mailbox, I found this year's first swamp milkweed leaf beetle.

Here's a field cricket (Gryllus pennsylvanicus)--in the field!

There was a lot of bird activity. The neighbor's pair of house wrens scolded as I walked past and there was a couple of chickadees feeding in the cedars. The chickadees here all appear to be Carolinas but we are within the Carolina-black-capped hybridization zone and they can't be told apart except by direct measurements.

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