Thanks to eagle-eye Anne, this morning I finally got that baby bunny picture I’ve been after since first spotting them in May. This little cutie, barely bigger than my coffee mug, is probably from a new batch. They grow up so quickly.
Meanwhile, have you ever had that experience when you just get yourself all spread out on a nice leaf and then every spider and his brother has to come crawling all over you? Well this pale beauty, and yes, that’s its real name, (Campaea perlata) knows exactly how you felt.
Arachnids are not the only visitors these days. Below, from left to right, we’ve got a Gold-backed Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) on white campion (Silene latifolia subsp. alba), a damselfly of some type on American white water-lilies (Nymphaea odorata), and a pair of tiny hoverflies on field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis).
Plus, a couple of butterflies. What might be a mustard white (Pieris napi) or a West Virginia white (Pieris virginiensis) “nectoring” on bee balm aka wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) at the Benjamin Church House, and a red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis) on the trail down by the river not letting me get any closer.
Finally, I spotted the muskrat again, who we haven’t seen in a while, right on the tiny path worn in the grass between the parkway and the south end of the pond. I didn’t manage to get a picture, but I’m as glad as you are to know he’s still around.