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Old Jun 26, 2011, 2:43 PM   #1
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Have not had much time to stop by here lately - parks are so busy on these fine summer days!

But have had time to enjoy the varied faces of early summer here in East Tennessee, and hope you won't mind me sharing a few glimpses.
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How about this cute face? It's called an American Snout Butterfly. The "snout" is actually modified palps, not sure what purpose it serves, but it sure gives the 'fly some "personality!" Spotted this one in its typical habitat, a damp gravelly place at a field edge.
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Not too far away at the Milkweed thicket, this Clearwing Moth was not at all concerned by all the park visitors, just busy with the abundant nectar. Notice the pollen sac stuck to its leg - milkweed pollen is designed to be carried by strong insects!
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Most species of Mayflies live as aquatic nymphs for several years, but only live for a single day after hatching out as adults. This one hatched to a very wet day! (first is a blend of two photos, so both head & wings could be in focus. Do you think this worked OK?)
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LOTS of dragonflies emerging on these warm, wet days, including some unusual species. First is a Great Blue Skimmer (first record of this species for our county). Second is the tiny and rather rare Banded Winged Meadowhawk. Third is the Blue Dasher - a rather small but very bold 'fly that chases other species twice his size, and doesn't seem too concerned with lenses pointed at him!
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A few more "dragons..." First is a nice comparison shot of Spangled Skimmer and Slaty Skimmer. Then a 12-spotted Skimmer, male. Also two views of the Widow Skimmer. All three species pretty common in our area, and tend to come back to the same perch after disturbed, so pretty easy to photograph.
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Here's a different face - an immature Harlequin Bug enjoying a caterpillar for lunch! (which view do you prefer?)
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He didn't find this caterpillar, and I still haven't found what species it is (working on that)... Sure is cute though, isn't it!
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Title of this thread promised some blooms too, so here are some of the more unusual early summer flowers of East Tennessee. First is Indian Pipe - a flowering plant with no chlorophyll, so it can't produce its own food. Is probably a saprophyte - living off of decaying materials in the ground... (any preferences between these two views?)
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We call those Mayflies fishflys up here, Today is the last day of the Fishfly Festival here in New Baltimore Mi. Up here its the dreaded fish fly season for up to 6 weeks we have millions under every street light, when they die they smell like dead fish, fun.

I think the blend works quite well,

The 2nd shot of the Clearwing Moth is great

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