Sunday, June 27, 2010


This Buckeye Butterfly thought she was hiding from me! Right out in the open! If you have trouble finding her in the top picture, click on the picture, and it will enlarge . . . then you'll see her!

A closer look.
She is very well disguised, and hidden in this dry grass. This is called camouflage.
When birds and animals and even insects are almost invisible in their environment, it makes it more difficult for predators to find them.
For more information on Buckeye Butterflies, click here. There you will find information, and photos of their open wings, along with photographs of their caterpillars and chrysalises.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Feeding Baby Bird

This is a female House Finch feeding her baby. They're perched on the back of a garden chair.

For more information, and a lot more pictures of House Finches, including; their nests, eggs and hatchlings, click here!
Photographs courtesy of Jack Thompson.


Stages of opening . . . in the fourth photograph, you can tell that the thistledown can just be blown away like the fluff of a dandelion! At this stage, the seeds (the thistledown) are a favorite food of Goldfinches and other bird species. For more information on thistles, click here.


For information about Ladybugs, also know as Ladybirds, and Ladybird Beetles, click here.