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Old Aug 19, 2011, 5:17 PM   #1
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Been out in a lot of park summer fields recently - a great place to soak up the summer sun and the summer discoveries!

Some of our late-season blooms are at a peak in the sunny places. Here are a few views of a tiny native mint. People call it Blue Curls. That tiny sweatbee calls it lunch!
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Old Aug 19, 2011, 5:20 PM   #2
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Hot bright fields are suddenly full of Common Buckeye butterflies. Have gotten many photos of their opened wings, but not of the (equally interesting) underwings. Had to do a bit of crawling to get the right angle...
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Speaking of different angles, have had many chances recently to photograph Northern Pearly Eyes with closed wings, but it's rare to spot one staying open for very long. As you can see, did not have time for very accurate focus before he took off to join his (closed-winged) friends...
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Lots of Red Spotted Purples emerging lately too. This is another mimic of the (bad tasting) Pipevine Swallowtail, and it isn't even a Swallowtail! But its dark color and orange spots help it to survive all the predators in the summer fields.
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Speaking of predators... Here's a Praying Mantis waiting at the Swamp Milkweed for a butterfly snack! (Sure does blend in well, doesn't it!)
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But this Crab Spider sure doesn't blend in so well! Crab Spiders can change color, but purple is not in their repertoire! (The flower is Ironweed, locally called "Farewell to Summer" because it blooms as summer is fading...)
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And one more predator at our sunny field - a River Cruiser. There are several species of these fast-moving dragonflies, but it's really tough (for me) to tell them apart. This is probably a Royal River Cruiser, but it might be one of several other close relatives. How do you like those eyes?? (the better to see tasty bugs...)
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There are still plenty of warm sunny days to enjoy the summer fields here in the hills of East Tennessee! Hope you enjoyed this little field stroll, and will share your comments & critique!
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Great series, Mole!
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GW - Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the field full of images!
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