A Touch of Nature in Maryland

October 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm (Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography) ()

I’m visiting Maryland at the moment, and had a chance to visit the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center  during some down time. Several sweet whitetail does posed pretty for me. This gal has a floppy ear for some reason.

I visited the North Tract, hoping to see birds, but didn’t see many at all.

The deer and the butterfly garden made up for it though.

It was at the end of milkweed season, but a few caterpillars were still munching.

Monarch caterpillar

There was only one chrysalis that I found, and it was hours away from hatching a butterfly.

Aphids clustered along some of the milkweed stalks.

Bumblebees and various flies that mimicked bees feasted on the New England asters and other flowers.

Several very small flies rarely seemed to land.

The milkweed pods were releasing their seeds on silky fluff to be carried by the wind.

The seeds ready for their silk to unfurl.

Red/orange and black Milkweed Bugs also find a home on the milkweed plants.

Large Milkweed Bug adult

Even the nymphs are the color of “danger – I’m poisonous!”

A nursery of Large Milkweed Bugs

It’s amazing what you can find in a small patch of flowers!

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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