It is another perfect summer morning in the park, cooler and drier than recent days, and despite, or perhaps because of, my announcement yesterday, I’ve got a photogenic new critter to show you today.
This pretty little butterfly, posing on some knotweed blossoms growing on the mudflats by the river, appears to be a female northern crescent (Phyciodes selenis), a true brushfoot, in the subfamily Nymphalinae, as are the American lady, red admiral, and common buckeye we’ve already seen in Estabrook.
Meanwhile, back in the pond, I spotted this frog with a pretty good-sized tail, or maybe its a tadpole with four legs. I read that “the tadpole uses the nutrients stored in its tail as food, so until its tail is completely gone, it doesn’t need anything else to eat,” and this little critter appears to be right on the cusp.
Finally, here’s some big squash or maybe pumpkin blooming on the bank of an island in the river. Unfortunately, I can’t get any closer for better identification clues, but if any of you want to weigh in on what member of Cucurbita this is, please let us know.
And there you have it. I guess we’re not done yet, eh?