Posts Tagged ‘range’

Pair Widow Skimmers

Dragonfly numbers have been low so far this year.

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This female widow skimmer is one of the few I’ve photographed this summer.

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The male widow skimmer landed right in front of me. Their range covers most of the U.S. except out west from Montana down to Nevada and Utah.

I hope dragonfly numbers increase in our yard.

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A Late Bloomer

   Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) usually blooms in May through early June.

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I found these flower on June 27.

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The plants grow from 12 – 18 inches tall and usually bloom May through early June.

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Their range includes Illinois, down through Texas and over to Virginia.

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Then I found this one blooming on July 13th. This should be the last of them since there’s no more buds.

.Maybe they bloomed later to get more attention.

Banded Pennant Dragonfly

The day remained cloudy  and windy.

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The banded pennant dragonfly (Celithemis fasciata) didn’t mind all my attention taking pictures.

Maybe it just wanted to be the subject of a blog.

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The defined black wing pattern made it easy to identify. It’s range covers most of the eastern half of the country.

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The white veining was so obvious while I was taking the pictures. Then, when I put the pictures in the computer, I noticed the back of its head … it looked hollow. Apparently this allows for efficient attachment of the neck and to increase head mobility.

Me and My Shadow

“I’m a large bee fly,

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and thought this rock made a fancy place to rest.

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“Large” translates into my being between 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.”

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The bee fly’s range covers most of North America. They prefer meadows, open fields and gardens. Apparently they visit flowers frequented by solitary bees, follow them back to their nest and lay an egg at the entrance to the tunnel. The fly larvae feed on bee larvae, pupate in the nest and the adults emerge in early summer.

White-marked Tussock Moth

 My exercise walks around the yard usually turn into a slow pace for studying nature.

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This morning the caterpillar of a white-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucostigma) just happened to be at just the right height for observing.

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Obviously, it’s one of the easier caterpillars to identify.

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The white-marked tussock moths’s range covers from Canada to Florida and Texas. They feed on a lengthy list of trees,

The moth is a nondescript brown with faint markings.

Colorado Potato Beetle

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I wonder what a Colorado potato beetle was doing in the rocks of my reflexology stone path? I live in southern Illinois. Their range does include  most of the United States and Canada.

Finally … a Towhee

 It’s amazing how a rufous-sided towhee can loudly sing its song or repeat its call note and not be located.

It took several days to locate the towhee that called from various places in our yard.  They have a knack for concealment, even when in the open.

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I accidentially ended up in the right place at the right time to locate the male while he repeated his  “Drink your teeeeee” (wavering the “tea.”)

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His call note was a sharp whistled “wheep.”

Rufous-sided towhee’s breeding range covers over half the U.S. and Canada. Southern Illinois is in its winter range.  The female is dark brown where the male is black. They scratch for nuts, seeds and fruits to feed on, plus some insects.