Tag Archives: Feeding

Butterfly Caterpillar

Online searches leads me to think these are Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillars. The color (brown not green) and behavior (daytime eating not daytime sleeping) doesn’t exactly match what I’ve read and I’d be happy to have any input.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar, False Eyespots

The false “eyespots,” presumed to scare off predators are correct for the Spicebush Swallowtail.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

The caterpillar’s real eyes are pinpoint size and somewhere near the mouth.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

These caterpillarsĀ  could be known as “eating machines” which is how I happened to notice them as previously robust plants are now sticks.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

I don’t know if these patio pots have enough acceptable foliage to support the five caterpillars I saw to their next stage. I’ll look for them again tomorrow.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tricolored Heron Breakfast

It was another one of those mornings when the sun stubbornly stayed behind a bank of low clouds.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

So the light wasn’t great but I was surrounded by wading birds. This Tricolored Heron was working on acquiring breakfast.

Tricolored Heron in Reeds
Tricolored Heron in Reeds

Stealthily and slowly he worked his way into the open water.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

And was rewarded with a very small morsel.

Tricolored Heron with Breakfast
Tricolored Heron with Breakfast

Willet On The Hunt, In The Wind

It was late afternoon and windy at the beach when I spotted a Willet hunting in a tidal pool.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Often these shore birds go back and forth in the same pool, probing around the edges for food.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

This time the wind kept him moving further down the beach.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

He was having success at finding some snacks.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Green Heron, On The Hunt

I’ve often spotted a Green Heron in this patch of reeds; a walking path winds along the edge of a pond providing an interesting, if dark, view of their hunting behavior.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

These herons don’t have any problem snagging a snack from this duckweed covered water.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what’s lurking around below the surface.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Here’s a wider view of this Green Heron’s hunting territory. Beyond these reeds the water opens up into a pond.

Green Heron Hunting
Green Heron Hunting

Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Over Time

I first saw this Black and Yellow Garden Spider on August 16th. I actually noticed the zig-zag stabilimentum first.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

His web was hanging out over a pond, suspended between some shrubs and grass.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

I passed the same spot about 45 minutes after the first image; it had clouded over changing the look of the water but the spider hadn’t moved.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, August 16

On September 6th the spider in the same spot, and this time with a dragonfly for lunch.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, September 6

The last time I visited this location, September 13, the spider was still there. His web was showing some signs of wear, and he had something wrapped up in a sack.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, September 13