Wait… there’s more!

I got out a little earlier this morning, and I’m sure glad I did because I got to enjoy this spectacle of Mrs. Mallard taking her new ducklings on what might be their first tour of the pond. The light was still low, and they were always moving so my camera struggled to capture even this image, but I think it gets the point across.

And while we’re on the topic of great things in small packages, check out this tiny pollinator, which appears to be a hoverfly. It also goes by flower fly or a syrphid fly, and since “about 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described” in “the insect family Syrphidae“, I might not be identifying this one further any time soon.

Oh, and it’s working on a bladder campion (Silene latifolia) blossom, which we first saw on June 1.

I hear Tropical Depression Cristobal is due to arrive this afternoon with gale-force winds and torrential rain, so I’m not sure what we’ll have for tomorrow, but we’ll find out soon enough, eh?

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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