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Encounters

Two twins still in spots traversing the neighborhood 

This week we were gifted with the finding of caterpillars of the (admittedly common) Milkweed Tiger Moth (or Milkweed Tussock Moth, Euchaetes egle) on a milkweed plant in our yard.

These fascinating caterpillars chow all day long on milkweed plants and store ingested toxic cardiac glycosides in their bodies to make them…unpleasant…to predators such as birds. Just like Monarch butterflies do. And notice that they have similar color patterns. It’s no coincidence – the color patterns warn birds and other predators that they carry the toxin, so the predators pass them by.

A short walk at the end of the day at Stone Valley Area yielded an assortment of birds showing signs of breeding activity, plus some fun dragonflies and butterflies.

I came across these goldenrod galls in Heritage Park while participating in the 2019 Nature Up North summer teacher workshop.

Can you identify poison ivy?  Here are four pictures to compare of which the first and last are poison ivy and the two in the middle are not. Remember: leaves of three, leave it be!

I took some pictures of the barks of different trees at Heritage Park in Canton.  I like seeing how distinctive they are once you look closely.

Red Dragonfly at Hart's Falls. 

Today begins the 6th annual teacher workshop at Nature Up North, one of my favorite events of the year.  We took a stroll through Heritage Park in Canton this morning to grab pictures for the "encounters" feature of the website (if you're reading this, you found an encounter!).