Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Yesterday, the September 8, I have seen a monarch butterfly in my backyard for the first time since the dramatic decline in the monarch population in 2013.
I planted Milkweed and nectar-producing plants to help the monarch butterfly.
I invite you to create a monarch oasis in your backyard.
For more information, find two interesting links :

Monarch butterfly decline
Monarch oasis

Photo of the monarch in my backyard on September 8.



















Common milkweed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bobolink

The male Bobolink courts with the basic blackbird stance :
head down, neck feathers ruffled, tail fanned, and wings arched
downward, displaying his prominent white shoulder patches.



















Female



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Red Fox

Female Red Fox who breast-feeds her babies.


Male Red Fox who watches the den.

Female with baby.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ruffed Grouse

Seed on the ground attract sometimes a nice visit when there is a forest nearby.





Friday, March 28, 2014

Blue Jay frenzy !

The Blue Jay like the corn, suet and water but if you want to attract this bird in your backyard, offer peanuts, he absolutely loves it !





Thursday, December 26, 2013

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

The Northern Goshawk is a forest bird. This species hunts birds and
mammals. Perches silently, waiting and descends on prey rapidly.
The Blue Jay issues loud cries to warn other birds and mammals of an approaching predator. All forest inhabitants hide themselves away.






Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)


The Eastern Chipmunk hibernates in the winter.
At autumn, the Eastern Chipmunk collect and store large quantities of
seeds in his burrow.
With the onset of winter in the end of October, he disappear below ground.
This animal have expandable pouches in their cheek.
Each pouch can hold up to 33 kernels of dried corn.






Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Oblong-winged katydid

Males have stridulant organ on the wings. They produce this sound
by rubbing wings together to attract females for mating.




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Birth of the caterpillar of the Cecropia moth

The Cecropia moth is the largest moth in North America. It has a wingspan of 16 cm. The female lays up to two hundred eggs under a leaf of birch, maple, cherry, apple and on many other trees. The egg measures just 2 mm.




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