Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Fullness of Spring in 3 Images

In Spring, a young Sumac Leaf Beetle's fancy turns to thoughts of love
(Blepharida rhois)

Blue wood phlox is in full bloom
(Phlox divaricata)

Check out my snazzy orange leggings
Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)

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At 22:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful images of a season where life becomes more active and pretty in temperate zones.

At 05:43, Blogger cedrorum said...

I'm thinking that the next time I visit Chicago that the fen is the first place I'm going.

At 08:51, Blogger Will said...

Any more shots like picture #1, young man, and you'll get an adult Content Warning slapped on Gossamer Tapestry by Blogger!

Fritz is introducing "frass" to his students and to all our friends. Phrases like frass happens, he's behaving like a real frasshead, tough frass and, a nice interspecies one, bullfrass! Really, no frass.

At 09:45, Blogger Ur-spo said...

Lovely photos as always!
it makes sense to consider that bugs and insects and butterflies have a seasonal component as well as flowers and plants.

At 13:43, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Anonymous- Thanks. This year the warming up of the temerate zone has been especially appreciated.

cedrorum- Do you have plans to visit? I would really love to meet you some time, and I'd very much enjoy showing you the Fen.

Will- It's not the first picture of this sort. Rodger has a running joke with me about all of my insex pictures. I'll try to remember to bring you and Fritz one of my Frass Happens magnets when I visit next month.

Spo- This seasonality has figured prominently in my summers for most of my life.

At 00:21, Blogger Amila Salgado said...

You reminded me that I should perhaps should do an insex post with my collecion of photographs.

At 12:19, Blogger Homer said...

I hope you verified that those beetles were married! I do not like adulterous beetles!

At 18:11, Anonymous Mark H said...

I am a NEW big fan of: 8-spotted Forester Moths.........that's a fabulous picture...... and I wish they lived here.

At 22:06, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Amila- That would be cool. I'll bet you have dragonflies, which have very strange mating.

Homer- Those beetles are totally just shacking up. This is a very morally loose blog.

Mark- You should have a close relative, Riding's Forester, in your part of the world. The caterpillars eat grape leaves.

At 18:26, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Wow, that butterfly is the best! I love those orange leggings!


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