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.
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.
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.