We’ve been finding them…
…and eating them.
But don’t you try it!
Our readers might have heard us squirrels mention how good those Monarch chrysalises are. But I swear, those of us here on The Squirrel Nutwork have sworn off them to help butterflies! Well, Hickory and I found a sad sight this week on our jaunt around the neighborhood.
A chrysalis eaten!
As we circled and chittered and pondered who it might have been, the culprit returned.
Can you believe it?
We think it’s a paper wasp–but we didn’t want to get too close!
“The acorns are falling!” Hickory leaps back and forth under the huge Chestnut Oaks in our neighborhood. “This will make it so much easier to collect and bury them! And snack on.”
“Ugh, they’re green,” I tell him. “These are only good for burying.”
“Oh.” His tail droops.
“Well, look on the bright side. The humans have done something funny to the grass, so we won’t need to dig holes. Just push them in.”
Now both our tails are flicking as we get to work.
We’ve had a lot of rain recently–and are swishing our tails in happiness that this hasn’t been a terribly dry summer. And the bonus is surprise snacks:
Yep, Hickory and I are coming across mushrooms everywhere. And some we are eating.
Can you eat them?
No. A squirrel’s digestive system is far different than our human readers’, so we caution against eating what we do. And we aren’t even going to attempt to identify mushrooms…because we aren’t good at it.
And P.S.: Hickory says to tell our regular readers he can’t do the mystery again this Sunday. Sorry!
Cicadas! Are they Brood VI? Stragglers? What brood they are depends on where you are! Head on over to check out the speculation at Cicada Mania!
You humans are trying to figure out which brood, meanwhile, they make good eating!
This plant has a symmetry thing going on. (The closer one, not the one in the background–the mystery from a week ago!) Any idea what it is?
I’ll check back for your answers later.
This five-leaved plant is a new tree–a Willow Oak. This one has just sprouted after we squirrels planted one of a neighboring tree’s acorns. Later, the leaves won’t be radiation out from one point, but will look like this.
Here’s a new Willow oak…
and here’s a mature one in our neighborhood.
We’re happy to see you humans planting them.
(Sorry to be late this morning! Can you tell we’re not back into the swing of blogging yet? 😉 )
Yes, Deadwood, and not the show or the town. To us squirrels, deadwood means, dead wood, what human arborists call a ‘snag.’
Snags are many things to wildlife. Maybe a place to live!
Or a place to find food, because as everyone knows, bugs love to burrow!
It’s also a place for new life to begin, because that decomposing wood is really rich minerals.
In other words, what might be trash to be taken out to some humans…
is really a valuable resource in our habitat.
Hickory and I are closing the blog for the winter a bit earlier than last year–see our 2015 post here. We love our readers and sharing our suburban nature findings with you, but the cold weather makes us want to burrow into our leaf nests and take a break. So we do!
This is our fourth winter closing the blog. Using our sidebar menus, you can look up other posts and our thoughts about certain plants and wildlife. Or if you like our Sunday mysteries, search the title “What is it?” to test your nature skills. Our archives are still open.
Have a safe, warm and productive winter. We squirrel will see you in the spring!
Your friends at The Squirrel Nutwork.
Nutmeg, Hickory, Ol’ Wally and Miz Flora