Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Summer’s smaller animals

I skipped a day and didn’t publish this until 7:30 am (instead of the usual 6am) as a 33rd anniversary gift to Dave and Ruth. (: Happy sleeping!

Baltimore Checkerspot. It has amazing color and pattern.

A Monarch butterfly drinking milkweed nectar before laying several eggs on the underside of the leaves

A male Common Whitetail dragonfly. The males are territorial and defend a 30-90 foot area. When they gather around a 20 foot pond it makes for a lot of excitement and chasing. A female laid eggs along the shore by dropping her tail into the water repeatedly.

Unripened raspberries.

The tadpoles. They grow up so quickly.

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4 responses

  1. Nice bugs, wish we had some more of them around here.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

    • melissakoski

      You’d take beautiful photos of them. They are so abundant on a hot sunny day!

      June 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

  2. hve

    Zowie! Great close-ups, Melissa!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

  3. Sue McB

    Beautiful images Melissa. I’m so sick of winter and rain – nothing good to photograph!

    June 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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