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Green treefrog, Hyla cinerea
It's amazing what you can find during the course of a single walk. The gray treefrog and the tall grass posted earlier where also from the same walk that offered up the images in this post.
I think I took over 190 pictures that day. So much to see!
Pearly wood-nymph caterpillar, Eudryas unio. This one will turn into a pretty moth.
Definite tussock moth, Orgyia definita. Despite its fierce appearance, it's not a stinging cat. Some people may be sensitive to the hairs, though. In reading about this caterpillar I learned something very interesting. It seems the females of this group are wingless and lay their eggs on the outside of their cocoons.
Apparently this caterpillar did not love the skin it was in...I guess it was getting a little too tight :) A Smartweed caterpillar, Acronicta oblinita, grows up to become a Smeared Dagger Moth.
This little fellow was tricky to spot, but he couldn't hide from the eagle-eyed Treebeard! We aren't 100% sure about the ID of this one. It is probably a Gray Hairstreak caterpillar, Strymon melinus.
Another tussock moth. This one is the White-marked tussock, Orygia leucostigma. Some people may experience allergic reactions when the hairs of this cat come in contact with the skin, particularly in sensitve areas like the stomach, inner arm or back.
So, you're thinking to yourself, Swampy's gone over the edge at last. She's posting pictures of skink scat. Well, yeah, I am. But I am doing it for a reason. From time to time I check my site meter and look at the referrals. I have discovered that there is someone out there in cyberspace who needs to know what skink droppings look like.
Here you go, mystery person. This is a picture of the droppings of a five-lined skink, Eumeces sp., a lizard common to our area.
Work took me to another state park this week. On Tuesday Treebeard and I helped out with Native American Week at Pettigrew State Park. I manned a station on animals hunted by Native Americans and Treebeard manned one on projectiles. He had fun showing the kids how to use an atlatl and then letting them take a go at it. He also had a good time showing them how bows and arrows were made.
One of the features of Pettigrew is Lake Phelps, a large, shallow lake fed by rainwater. It covers an impressive area: over 16,000 acres. This shot was taken from the boat ramp at the park. When our kids were little we used to bring our canoe to this lake and spend the day exploring. Clear shallow water and a sandy bottom made it a perfect playground. We would get out of the canoe and pull it along behind us. If anyone got tired, the canoe was there to provide a nice resting spot.
If you'd like more information about Pettigrew, pop over to www.ncsparks.net and click on the Visit a park link to the left.