Wildlife Wednesday, hosted by Tina at "My Gardener says..." the first Wednesday of each month, provides an opportunity to post photos of garden visitors from the past month. Here's what I've seen the last few weeks.
Butterflies were still here throughout November. Tattered Queen butterfly enjoying the last of the Gregg's Mistflower. While these are year-round residents, they will be scarce the next few months due to a freeze predicted this week.
Monarchs were still passing through
I think this is a Pearl Crescent but I couldn't get a good look at the wings closed.
The distinctive crescent on the forewing should show white on the underside but I didn't get a good enough photo.
Southern Dogface butterfly with a pointed forewing and distinct spot making the difference between it and a Clouded Sulphur.
Very bright in the sunlight.
Here with a smaller friend I'm guessing is a Clouded Sulphur.
Edge banding on the open wings of the small one. The large one didn't open its wings enough for a positive ID.
I'd like to get better at butterfly ID, a very time consuming process due to subtle variations.
Zebra Longwing, easy peasy. The photo wasn't easy as they are very skittish.
I was fascinated by the purpleish tint on the web of this Common Garden Spider.
I mostly see their webs in the fall and it's always a treat.
Southern Yellow Jacket (I think), not my favorite pollinator. Unlike many stinging pollinators, these wasps can live to sting again. They are very aggressive and nest in the ground. I was attacked by a nest of these while watering a rose bush some years ago and it was scary to say the least.
This may be a leaf-footed bug but the legs look too thin. Could be the angle. Always a challenge.
A magnificent 10-point whitetail buck browsing a yard in my neighborhood.
This month's video of a buck damaging our gate is enough to make me consider options. At first you'll see him moving nervously back and forth looking for a way out and then bashing the gate. As he runs for the neighbor's yard it's easy to see how much damage they can do to the garden even without eating plants.
Neal was able to fix the gate so it looks good now. We do have several dents in the top of the fence where they've jumped over in the past.
That's all for December's Wildlife Wednesday and check out more garden blogger's wildlife posts at "My Gardener Says...."