Friday, September 9, 2016

Butterflies, Birds, Disposable

My contribution to Michelle's Nature Notes (#390).

I saw a Tiger Swallowtail hanging oddly from a teasel in Ashburn late in August.

It had been caught by an ambush predator, a crab spider:

Remarkable that the spider could hold onto something that big just using its two hindmost legs.
P.S. In case Michelle would rather use something besides the hapless butterfly for her collage, here are some Cardinal Flowers.

I'm also linking to Carmi's Thematic Photographic 383 - Disposable. Unfortunately, our Cacapon Mountainside neighborhood has some bears who love garbage and houses that are rented out to weekenders. The result is often ripped open bags of trash in our 'backyard.'

Not just one bag, but two!

I'm also linking to TexWiscGirl's Good Fences #129. It took almost a week for the usual suspects to figure out there was food on the porch deck. But they're here now...


Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.
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13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the swallowtails are pretty. Great captures. Those bear can make a mess with trash, we have raccoons here that make a mess with trash too. The Cardinal Flowers are beautiful, love the cute Nuthatch and Titmouse. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

glad the birds found your feeder. hope the bears don't. :)

Michelle said...

Nice to see the birds found the feeder!

Cloudia said...

Enjoy the beauty and ignore all else, friend!

Felicia said...

sometimes we don't understand the ways of nature. they seem harsh.

Nancy Chan said...

Good morning! Lovely Tiger Swallowtail. Over here, we do not have bears but we have stray dogs tearing open garbage bags and leaving rubbish all over the place.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The timing of that speedra picture was perfect.

Nice to see titmouse and nuthatch. Those are two of the cutest birds out there.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

We had a neighbor dog get into our TRASH bin [the large curbside bins!!!] THAT was a mess.

Love the bird photos, naturally!!!

Bob Scotney said...

We don't get bears but in some seaside towns seagulls do an as destructive job with disposable bags.

Denise inVA said...

I would never have thought that a butterfly could be overcome by a spider. The cardinal flowers are very pretty. Those weekenders need to go to a 'how not to leave bags of trash around so that bears can easily get to it' school. We have to leave trash out for the early morning pick up before the sun rises, and didn't latch the top of the bin properly, just the one time when we first moved here. The raccoons had a great time. That was my school lesson :) The titmouse and nuthatch are pretty visitors and your deck fences great for Good Fences.

Rambling Woods said...

The circle of life is hard for me at times.. a snapping turtle got a duck yesterday and I had to remove what was left...sigh.... but I get it....Michelle

Gilly said...

Would love a few butterflies our way, but not bears! Don't holiday makers know bears love trash bags? Why can't they take it to a disposing point??

Or oculd you train the bears to dispose of their trash??? ;)

Ida said...

Poor butterfly.
Leaving trash like that is sad.
Cute little birds by your fence.