During September visits to a favorite coastal spot, I bumped into more than one Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly. I’ve seen similar American Lady (V. virginiensis) butterflies, too, but, with a clear view of the upper or under-sides, the two species can be told apart with ease (visit the BugGuide for an excellent graphic comparison). Continue reading
Identify this butterfly. (Photographed in Biddeford Pool, ME on September 20, 2014.)
I’ll reveal the answer on Monday. For now, leave your guess in the comments below.
Piping Plovers and Least Terns aren’t the only beings who’ve been adversely affected by the “development” of Maine’s coastline. For example, many of the habitats that once held Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) have been converted to lawns and human housing, and today Beach Plums are listed as endangered in Maine. Thus, I was surprised this year to be able to gather an abundance of these tasty little plums. Continue reading
Pickerel Frogs (Lithobates palustris) are spotted amphibians found throughout New England. They’re recognized visually by their dark squarish spots on light brown bodies. Two rows of spots usually cover their backs, but, as this Pickerel Frog shows, sometimes the spots merge to form rectangular patches. They can also be recognized by ear: listen for the snore-like calls of males from wetlands in spring (listen to this sample). Continue reading