We haven’t had a flower for a mystery lately, so here’s one!
Give your guesses in the comments and I’ll check back later with your answer!
Yay, we had a correct guess today–even though I didn’t show the flower from its most telling side. Look here:
It’s Trumpet Creeper Vine. As our faithful reader said, hummingbirds love gathering nectar from this deep tube–and we squirrels are thinking it’s likely they have little competition.
That said, Miz Flora stands firm that this is a plant you should plant on a trellis and keep contained! Remember, it’s a vine. It will travel everywhere, and those large compound do tend to cover other plants.
My younger squirrel blogging partners are finding bits of nature, whereas this old squirrel goes right to the source, to see the whole of nature. In other words, you don’t find pond life in the road. Sheesh.
Those little white butterflies that we see flying about don’t attract too much attention. Until they do this…
Pretty cool, huh? They are gathered on this spot of wet mud–not too hard to find around here these days!–because they are sipping fluids, but also minerals, salts and other nutrients from the soil. It’s called mud-puddling.
By the way, these are cabbage white butterflies. They aren’t moths as some humans mistakenly believe.
For today’s mystery, I’m asking if you know what kind of turtle this is?
I’ll check back later for your answers!
We’ve had a few correct guesses, so I decided to pop in and confirm that the turtles are Red-eared Sliders. That red mark along the side of the head is quite distinctive, as is their ability to ‘slide’ into the water when danger approaches.
Red-eared sliders are now a common turtle in ponds even outside their normal range, and are considered invasive. Unfortunately, this is because many have escaped or been let go as pets. They eat both plants and animals in the water, preferring still water of ponds, but also slow-moving streams and rivers. With high numbers and more rugged ability to adapt, the red-eared sliders replace shyer, native turtles and might be one of the reasons frogs are on the decline.