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Old Jun 26, 2011, 3:11 PM   #11
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We are continuing to find this to be a fine season for native orchids. Here's one known as Ragged Green Orchid - rather common and rather small, but still some interesting details...
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And our Tennessee State Wildflower is just beginning to bloom. The state garden flower is the Iris, but the Wildflower is Passionflower. It's pretty common in old fields, and sure is an interesting and complex bloom...
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 3:14 PM   #13
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And we know summer is arriving when the Wild Hydrangeas begin blooming in young forests, and Blackeyed Susans reach their peak of bloom in the sunny fields.
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 3:17 PM   #14
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Will continue to be very busy, and only able to stop by occasionally, during this hectic summer season. (This Box Turtle is sure busy laying her eggs!) But sure do hope you've enjoyed this quick peak at the richness of early summer in East Tennessee, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 4:25 PM   #15
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Hans - You are too fast for me - you posted before I was done. Almost missed it. Thanks so much for the very helpful feedback. I've heard of those massive hatchings at the great lakes, but never experienced one. Hope you are surviving the slippery critters (and their smell)!
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 11:09 PM   #16
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I'm not a flower / tree person at all ... but when you bring out these bug shots ... heaven ! Beautiful series Mole !

The Clearwing Moth is a fascinating creature .... is it related to (or just another name for) the hummingbird moth (or something like that) ? I've only ever once seen (one or the other of those species) them here, one week during the HSBC Champions golf event at Sheshan .... where I was working and unable to chase around shooting them, but that tongue is incredibly long !
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with the Harlequin Bug I like nr1 the best, nr2 give a greater close up but less in focus.

And don't ask me a favorite, all are.

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That first one sure has a threatening sky - I wouldn't want to be out in that kind of weather. All of the other ones are spectacular, interesting about how the poor caterpillar became lunch to a much smaller bug.
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What a great and varied thread. I'm with Harriet on the first one - that is one foreboding sky.

The comparison shot of the two skimmers together is a great aid to separating two similar species - a great shot, but the Clearwing moth shots are the best - especially the side view - very special.
Nice shot of the Snout, too - anything about their host Hackberry plant that might explain the extended palps?.

Try this one for the caterpillar:

Alypia octomaculata, Eight Spotted Forester Moth

http://bugguide.net/node/view/508288

It is not everyday that I can ID a moth caterpillar, even tentatively!
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Good show, Mole!
Top notch images. The American Snout Butterfly, is a first for me.
Thanks for sharing.
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