Nature Education - Summer

Butterflies Imbibing Minerals by McDowell Creek

Butterflies Imbibing Minerals by McDowell Creek

Posted Monday August 10, 2020
Large butterflies--like Monarchs and swallowtails--often use McDowell Creek as a flight corridor, sailing past us, here one second, gone the next.   ...
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Tiny Body, Big Voice--And Oh, Those Legs!

Tiny Body, Big Voice--And Oh, Those Legs!

Posted Monday July 13, 2020
If you thought these little guys were loud in the spring, you should hear them now!   Here are Blanchard's Cricket Frogs on the shores of McDowell Creek: ...
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Summer Damselflies

Summer Damselflies

Posted Thursday July 9, 2020
Summer is the time for procreation!   Here "dancer" damselflies (Argia spp.) are laying eggs in McDowell Creek.   The pairs have mated, and now the females are placing eggs in underwater vegetation or other substrate.   The males are "mate-guarding"--hanging onto the females and keeping other males at bay. ...
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