Photographs by Frank

16 June 2014

Food & Sex

How is that for an attention-getting post title!

It might be attention-getting, but it is a good description of the ode activity in our yard yesterday.  There were dozens of whitefaces, at altitudes ranging from one to twelve feet constantly on the move and feeding.  There were also smaller numbers of other species both hunting and mating.

In addition to the odes there were also decent numbers of butterflies around… small orange butterflies down low in the vegetation, many swallowtails nectaring (especially on the blackberries) and a single black butterfly on the edge of the road looking for salt. (The last two butterfly photos as of the same individual.)

There were often groups of three or four swallowtails doing their in flight dances… is this mating behavior or is it about territory? More stuff to learn!

Through it all, the chipmunks living in our stone walls would chatter at me. I guess that they want the yard to themselves.

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Meadowhawk Mating Wheel
Meadowhawk Mating Wheel
Aurora Damsel (female) with Prey
Aurora Damsel (female) with Prey
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female) with Prey
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female) with Prey
Four-spotted Skimmer (female)
Four-spotted Skimmer (female)
WHiteface sp (male)
WHiteface sp (male)
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female)
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female)
Common Whitetail (imm. male)
Common Whitetail (imm. male)
ID Needed
ID Needed
Swallowtail
Swallowtail
ID Needed
ID Needed
ID Needed
ID Needed
Eastern Chipmunck
Eastern Chipmunck

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