Recent Sightings

Sightings From August 2015

August 28, 2015

Painted turtle

Painted turtle

Two painted turtles have been seen sunbathing in the Native Plant Garden pond, often in clear view of anyone standing on the deck that overlooks the water. We love when they cooperate like this!

August 27, 2015

Signs of fall!

Signs of fall!

The view is very, very green, but as you walk beneath the canopy, you can see signs of autumn everywhere you like, such as these bright red leaves.

August 22, 2015

Red-backed vole by Holly Merker

Red-backed vole by Holly Merker

Too cute to make you mad, the red-backed vole will often try to steal a bit of your sandwich of you leave your pack open at the Lookout. Keep an eye out for this small rodent with the tell-tale reddish back as they dart in and out of the rocks. Photo by counter Holly Merker

August 15, 2015

Milkweed invaders

Milkweed invaders

Our resident expert Mike Slater told us this shows the young (early instars) of Large Milkweed bugs, which like to hang out together when they are young, unlike the small milkweed bug which is more solitary its whole life.

The large milkweed bug feeds on the milkweed seedpods and plants and as they get older, will feed on the developing seeds inside the pods. They pierce them with their proboscis, inject saliva with enzymes, and suck up the nutritious liquid. Sometimes they will destroy every seed on a plant.

That said, Mike tells us they aren't typically a problem you usually have to try to control, but if you see too many, just knock them into a jar of soapy water.

Their bright color is probably aposematic coloration, indicating that they are distasteful or poisonous to eat due to chemicals in their diet of milkweed, like monarch butterflies.

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