Sunday, August 2, 2015

Visit to Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

I went to Drumlin Farm this afternoon to look for butterflies.  Here are the highlights:

Pipevine Swallowtail


faded Edwards Hairstreak

Eastern Bluebird
Great Spangled Fritillary

Loved the hollyhocks!

Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Comma

Gorgeous!

Orange Sulphur

American Goldfinch

Monarch 
(Would you have recognized it from this shot?)



Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Comma

Eastern Bluebird (juvenile)

Summer Azure


Peck's Skipper


Northern Cardinal (eating out of the deer food dish)



Mourning Cloak

view west from the Drumlin








A Visit to Garden in the Woods

I took a quick walk through Garden in the Woods this morning.  There were lots of cars in the parking lot but hardly anyone in the garden.  Here are the highlights:

Nodding Onion

Tawny-Edged Skipper on Bee balm

Cardinal Flower



Indian Pink


 Great Spangled Fritillary


Blue Dasher





Horace's Duskywing on Dogbane

Peck's Skipper

Virginia meadow-beauty

 One-Flowered Indian Pipe


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Today's Winged Creatures

Today I took a class in bumblebee identification, in an attempt to gain some confidence in figuring out any bumblebees I'm seeing while at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land.  It was interesting! I had no idea that nectar = carbohydrates and pollen = protein, for instance.  Hopefully, I can be of some help in the future.

After our training, we did some field work at BHCL.  While we were still in the parking lot, we happened to see mating carpenter bees that flew off into the sky together.  Also, during this walk, I spotted the following:

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Tachinid Fly

Halloween Pennant

Thick-Headed Fly

 Least Skipper

 Barn Swallows

Gray Hairstreak

Later, I walked at Hopkinton State Park and saw the following:

Zabulon Skipper

Net-wing Beetle


Slaty Skimmer

 Virginia Mountain-Mint (native)

Purple-Headed Sneezeweed (native)

 Pearl Crescent

Zabulon Skipper

American Wild Mint (native)

Allegheny Monkey-Flower