Cool day

 Not so windy today and such a wonderful temperature. 

The Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) have started to bloom. Love the way it spirals around the stem.
 Two-striped Grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus) impaled by a Loggerhead Shrike. The shrike is also known as the Butcher bird. The shrike will come back later for its cache. I have seen the shrike impale critters on thorns, like on the Honey Locust tree. So many kinds of insects, shrews, lizards, and frogs are among its diet.  I have witnessed it take down and eat a blackbird some years ago.

This is one of  the Grass-Veneers (Crambini). The species is Agriphila straminella.  It’s snout looks a bit like a bottlebrush don’t you think?  I see it out in my field in the grasses.

Keep on looking!


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