Saturday, July 23, 2016

On the Mud at Triadelphia Reservoir

I missed the semipalmated sandpiper reported at the reservoir's Big Branch area this week, but on Thursday I found some other picturesque wildlife there. Besides the 40 plus Canada geese, I counted 11 tiger swallowtails on the mud and a nearby buttonbush -- a good count for a summer which has been slow for butterflies so far.

A green heron and spotted sandpiper

unidentified moth [Addendum: Since this post, I've come across a moth species called tulip tree beauty moth, which might be what I have here.]