Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Random Scenes Around the Lake

This week at Lake Kittamaqundi: A spider web in the morning sunlight; a hummingbird; a hummingbird moth; a mallard hen and her brood with the waterweed eater; a question mark butterfly. (The ducks were shooed away gently by one of the boat's crew members as they prepared to start work.)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Recent Butterflies, Various Locations in Columbia and Howard County

Eastern Comma, Lake Kittamaqundi

Northern Pearly-eye, Schooley Mill Park

Wild Indigo Duskywing, near the old Daedalus Books

Cloudless Sulphur, Lake Kittamaqundi

An Aspiring Monarch, somewhere in Columbia

Unidentified Duskywing Sheltering from the Heat

Female Zabulon Skipper, Vantage Point Road

Male Zabulon (courting the female above)

Red-banded Hairstreak, my condominium in Town Center

Close-up of Red-banded Hairstreak

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Faded but Beautiful

This dark-form female tiger swallowtail appears to have been around for a while, judging by her faded hue and slightly tattered wings. She has some stories to tell while nectaring on wild bergamot along a road in Columbia.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Caspian Terns are Here!

This morning at Lake Kittamaqundi. Both birds are in view above. Selected shots of single birds follow.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Swallowtails

 At the lake today: Tiger swallowtails on Joe Pye weed; Spicebush swallowtail on swamp milkweed