Critters You Might Have Missed in the Great Outdoors

Written by on October 08, 2012 No Comments

This posting is to share a few images from the Great Outdoors taken the last couple of weeks.  First, my friend the tussock moth caterpillar.  This fella was munching on a milkweed plant.  I like its colors, the fact that it looks sort of like a fly I’d use to try to catch a trout, and also because word tussock is the only word I’ve found that sort of rhymes with buttock.

Tussock moth caterpillar munching.

This fella made himself comfortable in a red cup attached to a pole under our bird feeder.

Red squirrel in a cup eating sunflower seeds.

 This is a baby cardinal taking a bath in our water dish.

Baby female cardinal bathing.

 She was apparently quite dirty and spent a fair amount of time correcting that problem.  I took several photos including this one where her head is turned sideways.  

Baby cardinal bathing.

A few days ago, I found this unfortunate moth outside in my front yard.  I usually don’t pick up dead things, but thought it was cute.  So, I, took it inside for a photo or too.  On our kitchen table, of course.

Moth on my kitchen table.

 LeptoMan, a moth/butterfly guy at work, identified this as an underwing moth (Catocala relicta) that hangs out on birch trees.  We don’t have a birch tree, but our neighbor does, which means it’s all my neighbor’s fault that the moth died, I’m sure.  Luckily, as I had hoped, my moth friend had a really cute face.  It’s one reason I like moths.

Close-up of my moth pal.

And then I ate the moth because I wanted to know what it tasted like.  Not really.  I took the moth back outside, said, “God bless the fuzzy moth,” and buried it.  I also wiped the table off. 

So there you have it.  A few critters from the Great Outdoors.  Some, like the caterpillars and moths, will be pretty scarce soon, so get outside NOW before it sNOWs.

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