Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Redbuds and Green Tiger Beetle

My contribution to Michelle's Nature Notes (#356). B^4 asked me if I'd seen any redbuds. I'm planting them, bud! (But I don't think the low temperatures at night are friendly, at least when they're still above ground.)


Plenty of birds are visiting the porch for suet:

Here's my first Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle of the season. So shiny! So green!

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16 comments:

Mama Zen said...

That beetle is really neat!

Jennifer said...

Ha! I was just going to ask you if you'd seen any redbuds as well!

Jennifer said...

We had such a mild winter that so many things are popping. They are not going to like the upcoming low of 24.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Very fascinated by the Tiger Beetle - what a beautiful little thing!
Great snaps!!
Have a Happy Week ahead!
Peace :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That beetle looks like a piece of enamel-ware jewelry or maybe even Jade. Beautiful.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Last year, I tried sauteing the young redbud seed pods like snow peas for the first time. I'd tried the flowers on your recommendation a while back. Redbuds just keep on giving for most of the year.

Have you ever run into pawpaw trees in your rambles? Wiki says they can be found in New York State, but they are rare and considered threatened.

Michelle said...

That is a good looking beetle! I love Redbuds! I hope yours do well!

Alexia said...

I went to look up 'Redbuds', as we don't have trees by that name in this country - except, I found that i actually have one growing in my garden!! Its common name here is Forest Pansy, and it is a variety of Cercis canadensis, the Eastern Redbud.

What a fantastic colour that beetle is!

Cloudia said...

What a PURTY beetle!

Helma said...

Beautiful pictures show you here.
The woodpecker I find really beautiful and green beetle is fantastic!

eileeninmd said...

We have an older redbud, it is still doing well. They are beautiful trees. The beetle is a pretty color, great photos. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Gilly said...

I love that Downy Woodpecker! We had to stop putting suet up, as the squirrels demolished the suet AND the holder! However, we now put flutter butter up (peanut butter for birds, in a jar, which they go into and the squirrel can't reach). Love the beetle too! Looks quite big.

Jim H. said...

I'm quite taken with the picture of the snowy, wintry woods and the magical beetle.

Nancy Chan said...

That is a very special beetle! Have seen such a bright colour beetle.

Phil Slade said...

Love that beetle and the striking green iridescence. Is that a Downy 'pecker?

Rambling Woods said...

Thank you for leaving me the comment about Maryland..We should all do that..sigh.. I had to look up red buds as I had never heard of it. It looks like a wonderful tree to have... Lucky insect...no snow...Michelle