Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wildlife Wednesday May 2018

It's the first Wednesday of May and that means Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina at "My Gardener Says...." as an opportunity to share wildlife in our gardens.

Male Green Anole (Anole carolinensis) puffing his dewlap which is meant to impress a mate or express dominance in the case of feeling threatened.  Both males and females have the dewlap and the female has a brown stripe down the back.


Mockingbirds have been serenading the garden daily from high in the trees.


Inspired by Sue at My Wild Australia last month here's a bit of its awesome mimicry in an audio file:



Alternately you can go to this link:

Mockingbird song - Click to open

That is the same bird throughout the audio.  Worth a whole minute to experience the full range of sounds once those vocal pipes get warmed up.  Mockingbirds are so amusing and have been known to imitate car alarms, phones, and other noises from suburban life.  They also love an audience and I've seen them repeatedly checking to make sure I'm still listening while out gardening.

Wolf Spider with egg sac crawling around a wheelbarrow.


A green-legged spider created a very large web.  I didn't get a close enough look to positively identify but it is probably not a green lynx spider which typically creates a linear or trip wire style web.


Red Paper Wasp carefully getting water.



A beneficial garden visitor if they don't bother these Monarch Butterfly caterpillars enjoying tropical milkweed.





This crew polished off the milkweeds in no time and I spotted a few Monarch Butterflies floating about the garden a few weeks later so it all worked out well.  The plants are recovering in time for another round.

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar spotted yesterday probably looking for a place to attach and pupate.


Live Oak trees are beautiful but the fallen leaves are messy and impossible to remove.

I like to think all this leaf litter brings me such garden scenes as a happy Giant Swallowtail enjoying Prairie Verbena.


Be sure to visit Tina at "My Gardener Says...." to read her owl's tale and warning about how using poisons outdoors negatively affects wildlife.  Then check out the comments for more Wildlife Wednesday posts from garden bloggers.

3 comments:

  1. Great shots! I haven't seen any caterpillars, but there must be some because I do see butterflies! The anole clip was wonderful--I love those guys-n-gals. Magnificent spider web--I had a crab spider build on my back patio and I kept running into it. She moved her digs, finally.

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  2. You have an eagle eye, Shirley! I have to wonder at the range of insects I probably miss. Our western lizards do push-ups for the same reasons your anoles puff.

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  3. Hi Shirley, love that audio clip of the mockingbird, so many different calls in such a short time. It was lovely to listen to. :)

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