We have a few in the queue, but I’d like more, so send in your good wildlife photos (please make sure they’re in focus, of a reasonable size, like 1mB, and have the species identified along with the Latin binomial). Thanks.
We have several contributors today, the first being Dieter Letsch. As always, contributors’ words are indented:
I was at my mother-in-law’s one morning watering her garden, and I saw these tiny bees working on a pot full of black-eyed Susans [Rudbeckia hirta]. They are only about a centimeter long – not typical honey bees for sure, but I have no idea what species these are. They were very methodically “mowing” the pollen on the cones of each flower, which is actually a composite of many florets, like a sunflower. Their legs and sides were covered with pollen which I thought was very picturesque.
From Jamie Blilie, our youngest contributor. I lost the email and don’t know the species, but will inquire. In the meantime, you can guess them:
From Rachel Sperling:
Here are a few snakes I’ve encountered in the woods of Connecticut this spring. We’ve got a garter snake [Thamnophis sirtalis], a couple of northern water snakes [Nerodia sipedon] getting their kicks, a timber rattlesnake [Crotalus horridus], and what’s probably an eastern racer [Coluber constrictor] (but could be a black rat snake). I’m hiking the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail in bite-size sections and I think snakes are beautiful so these have been exciting encounters (though the water snakes made me feel like a bit of a voyeur). I didn’t realize non-rattlesnakes also vibrate the tips of their tails when you get too close. It’s good they do or I’d probably have stepped on that eastern racer!
Finally, from reader Ken Phelps, we are giving d*g lovers their due with a picture of two leaping specimens of Canis lupus familiaris:
Every dog has its day, and today is that day!