Thursday, August 11, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: August 5 - 11, 2016

The Very Hungry Monarch Caterpillar August 5th

The Last Time I saw it on the evening of August 5th

Anthony Kill


Toad in Children's Garden

Brilliant Nasturium

Mountain Mint

Around the Village in Photos: July 29 - August 4, 2016

On July 28th a Female Monarch butterfly came through my garden and investigated all the milkweed plants. On July 29th I started looking to see if she had laid eggs. Monarchs usually lay them on the underside of milkweed leaves. I found one! I started taking notes and pictures. Five days later a caterpillar was crawling on the underside of the leaf. The next day I could see a hole chewed out of the leaf. Each day bigger holes and a bigger caterpillar! By August 4th the caterpillar was easy to see and I didn't use a hand lens. Take a look at the transformation.
Female Monarch on Milkweed July 28th

Monarch Butterfly Egg Found on July 29

Monarch Caterpillar August 2nd

Caterpillar and Chew August 3rd

Chew Holes August 3rd

Getting Bigger August 3rd

Even Bigger August 4th

Caterpillar and Hole Bigger by End of Day August 4th

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: July 22 - 28 , 2016

Very Hot days reaching the upper eighties and into the nineties, scattering thunderstorms and showers not coming to Round Lake and we really could use a nice steady rain shower.  But tomatoes are ripening and butterflies are out and about! If you go out for an evening walk at dusk, there is a Great firefly display on the west side of the ballfield by the wooded area. Go take a look! Stay Cool.
Monarch Butterfly First of Season Sighting July 28

Checked out all Fifty Plus of my Milkweed Plants and Hopefully Laid Eggs

Milkweed Bugs Eating Seed Head of Milkweed

Ripe Tomatoes!!!


A Closer Look

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly at Bee Balm in Children's Garden ( Wings Closed )

Same Butterfly With Wings Open

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: July 15 - 21, 2016

A couple of sightings from neighbors this week - Gil Rigney had the first ever Bluebird in her yard, drinking from the birdbath. It must have flown over from Florence's house where Bluebirds are working on a second brood this season. Karen St. Martin told me that she saw a turkey up in a tree in Schoolhouse Park. It got her attention as it was squawking loudly. She got her binoculars to check it out and said it was huge. It flew off towards the lake. I've had a lot of hummingbird activity in my garden especially early in the morning. A new garden resident has moved in and is not at all concerned about us coming and going. Enjoy these lovely summer days!

Hang In There

Lovely Lupine

New Garden Resident

Coming in for a Drink



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: July 8 - 14, 2016

House Wren at Karen St. Martin's Garden

Mourning Cloak Butterfly at My Porch Screen

Japanese Beetle at Purple Coneflower In Judy Selig's Garden

Another on Judy's Raspberry Plant

Beebalm Seedhead at Florence's Garden

Clear-Wing Hummingbird Moth at my Screened Porch

Clear-wing at Garden Phlox

Monday, July 11, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: July 1 - 7, 2016

An Eden Carnes Day Lily

A Closer Look

Garden Resident

Hot and Full of Bird Seed

Lupine Flower Unfurling

Nasturium Flower and Spur. The Spur holds the Nectar Enjoyed by Hummers and Butterflies

Carolina Wren Checking Out Nest Box. A House Wren is One Yard Over Nesting at Karen's Garden

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: June 24 - 30, 2016

Night of Illumination

Female Northern Flicker Looking for Ants

Juvenile Bluebird

Female Bluebird

Robin in Hiding

Doily Web
Bear Feet