One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

This fellow wildlife is a bit out of place on a lawn, but do you recognize it?

Maybe you know what this mystery animal is, but do you know if it’s male or female? I’ll check your comments later!

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We had a guess from a regular follower that this was a toad. It isn’t a toad, and usually the way to tell a toad is that they have bumpy skin. Well, a second look here and maybe we have to retract that. This frog is covered in bumps. But they are the little ones and toads are bumpy with a more ‘warty’ look.

This frog is a Northern Green Frog…and it’s a girl! Notice that circle behind her eye? It’s the frog’s eardrum, more properly called a tympanum. The female green frogs have a tympanum smaller than their eye, and in the males it’s bigger.

Here’s Dr. Matthew G. Bolek’s website page of frogs for a great comparison of many different kinds of North American frogs.

This frog found her way into a local yard and somehow ended up in a trashcan of rainwater. We hope she made it back to a pond!

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Eastern Chipmunks

As you humans know, we squirrels climb trees and live in them. Chipmunks, which some humans see as just a smaller version of a squirrel, also climb trees.

Many a time, Hickory and I have been inching our way along the branch of a wild cherry or a mulberry to grab some ripe fruit, only to find a small–and lighter–chipmunk already there and chowing down.

What we don’t understand, is why chipmunks don’t seem to run up a tree to safety, like we do. Have you humans ever witnessed them climbing to safety, instead of trying to outrun a predator?

Thirsty Thursday

Since Hickory posted a colorful dragonfly statue on Monday, Ol’ Wally here was inspired to pull out some of our brightest dragonfly and damselfly photos. Enjoy!

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Male Autumn Meadowhawk

Spreadwing Damselfly

Eastern Forktail Damselfly

Ebony Jewelwing

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Recognize this flower?

I’ll checkin later for your answers!

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This showy flower is Liatris, also known as Gayflower and Blazing Star. It’s a native wildflower to North America that has been tinkered with a bit by humans to take on many different heights.

Those little frilly petals are many small flowers clustered to gather–this is a Composite flower, like the coneflowers we featured recently. And the bees love it, for one-stop nectar feeding.

It seemed to us that this little stand in our neighborhood appeared from nowhere, but we’ve read they can be planted by corms, which are stem parts. More on their care in the garden can be found in The Spruce Website’s Liatris Flowers, Prairie Favorites article.