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Butterflies and Barn Swallows

May 29th, 2007

Many more insects and other critters are zooming around Fox Haven these days.  It’s challenging to get a picture of them, because they move so quickly and you don’t usually have a camera when you see them.  I’ve been watching several species of butterflies lately, and even the Monarch spends the summers here.  This is a picture of a Great Spangled Fritillary… who thinks up these names anyway!?  But it is a beautiful butterfly, and apparently depends upon the leaves of the wild violets for part of its life cycle.  We enjoy seeing them, the cats chase them and the young one tries to catch them… and then let them go.  One of the best web sites I have seen for identification is Butterflies and Moths of North America.  Yesterday we spent the entire day outside weeding flower beds and organizing a few things.  It rained intermittently and the cloud cover helped keep it cooler.  I’ll miss the cooler weather as the humidity of summer comes quickly!

Great Spangled Fritillary

Here’s a picture only a mother could love…  young barn swallows in the nest. They haven’t even opened their eyes yet, and there are four young birds in the little nest!  The adult barn swallows are zooming back and forth to the nest feeding the young almost non-stop throughout the day. 

Young Barn Swallow™s in the nest

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