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Brilliant Sunrise

I laid on the couch early one morning. It gave me a view out the front of the house where a storm was slowly approaching from the west. It was dark enough I didn’t think about it being morning yet.

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Then it dawned on me that the sun would rise behind the house at an earlier time.

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Obviously, I was glad the approaching storm woke me early.

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Effects of Sunlight

The angle the sunlight enhanced the appearance of this question mark butterfly.

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Yard Residents

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The tiny frog jumped when I picked up a sandstone rock from a pile I was moving. It froze in place, confident in its camouflage. The dirt on it hid any markings it had.

I think it’s a chorus frog. My mind said “chorus frogs” when I’d hear frogs calling earlier this summer after dark.

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I first saw this kingsnake when I almost stepped on it.

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It continued on to the shrub border where it could disappear into the thick of things.

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Then yesterday, I walked toward the house and a frog jumped from the grass in front of me. It’s the same kind as the one above. The odd thing is that I don’t remember seeing these in the yard before. They were maybe an inch or so long.

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I was again moving rocks and this leopard frog jumped near me. Their call sounds like its laughing/chuckling.

Unusual Leaf Miner

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More typical leaf miner “trails” look like the ones above in a catalpa leaf.

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 Obviously, this poison ivy plant stood out with such an unusual leaf miner design.

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A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives and develops inside a leaf. This type of mine is called a “blotch mine.” Mornings it looked like it had condensation in the mine, that wasn’t there in the evenings.

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If you look close, you can see a tiny larva.

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I was actually able to easily identify it online. It’s a poison ivy leaf miner (Cameraria guttifinitella).

The cause of the dark spots or the long crease of the upper surface remain a mystery.

Growing Wings?

Now I’ve seen everything!

I was taking pictures of a beetle

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on the bark

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of the Ingram Hill Oak.

Then I looked down …

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and found wings coming out the side of the tree.

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There was no body attached or any damage to the wings.

They just looked like they were growing out the side of the tree.

Little Wood Satyr

Little wood satyr butterflies usually fly their hopping-style flight through the woods or along country roads, not in my yard.

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Much less pose for pictures.

Little wood satyrs (Megisto cymela cymela) feed on tree sap, decaying fruit, animal droppings and rarely on flowers. They are a butterfly of woodlands, brushy fields and occasionally city yards. Their first brood flies May and early June, and second July till late August here in southern Illinois.

Wild Cherry Mystery

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My experience with wild cherry trees mainly centers around the caterpillars of the red spotted purple butterfly. They don’t eat enough of the leaves to make their existence overly obvious.

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 Tent caterpillars eat emerging leaves; there’s no remnants of any web.

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So, what ate leaves and green berries in a wild cherry tree  growing in the shrub border on the south side of our yard?

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Wonder if it could be deer? They do go through the yard during the night.  I wouldn’t think they’d “pick” each green cherry off.

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I’m open to any suggestions to this mystery.