Monarch butterfly populations have been declining for decades, but they’re having a good year! In fact, there are so many caterpillars that there’s not enough milkweed to go around. (Monarch caterpillars eat nothing but milkweed.) Help them make a comeback by planting milkweed and letting it flourish! #monarchbutterfly #milkweedformonarchs
“Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them.” #greytreefrog
with your solitude
My favorite flower (brown-eyed susan) featuring my favorite fly (a syrphid). Syrphids resemble bees, but they don’t bite or sting. As larvae, they often eat pests like aphids, but they become pollinators as adults. #browneyedsusan #syrphidae #pollinators #matchingoutfits
During courtship, male marsh wrens repeatedly leap off their perches and flutter back into the reeds. It looks like they’re too heavy to stay aloft.
Venomous tentacula or shagbark hickory?
While some yellow-rumped warblers breed in New England, most head further north, sometimes even venturing into the Arctic Circle. #urbanbirding #springmigration
Pileated woodpeckers excavate dead trees in search of their favorite food: carpenter ants. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, some individuals may eat carpenter ants almost exclusively.
March 2019/March 2019
Virginia opossums don’t hibernate, but I still didn’t expect to see one braving yesterday’s snow. They’re highly adaptable and willing to eat almost anything, including ticks. The Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies estimates that a single opossum will eat as many as 5,000 ticks each year.