Ready for Takeoff

Sachem Skipper butterfly on sweet potato vine leaf

Sachem Skipper butterfly, one of the grass skippers - my favorite kind, because I love their miniature-fighter-jet wing positions! This one is posing prettily on a sweet potato leaf, a surprisingly cooperative little insect.

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Heads or Tails?

Cross-striped Cabbageworm caterpillars on broccoli.

Maybe they're not speaking to each other. Or maybe it's a strategy for the species to survive predation: whichever end of the pair a predator latches onto, only one will lose its head! Or maybe it's just a coincidence that they're positioned head-to-tail like this...that's less fun to ponder, though!

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Jersey Sunrise

Sunrise over the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey

The Jersey Shore is more than an appalling MTV show; it's a long stretch of sand and surf full of life and beauty. I captured this sunrise while looking for piping plovers at Corson's Inlet, Ocean City, NJ.

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“Go ahead, make my day”

Snapping turtle glares at camera

Eastern snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina) enjoying a cloudy day on a damp baseball field

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The Very Hairy Caterpillar

Sycamore tussock moth caterpillar with wonderfully fluffy hair

Scyamore tussock moth caterpillar (Halydisota harrisi), my all-time favorite caterpillar; I almost wish they didn't turn into moths!

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In the Pink

Pink Spotted Lady Beetle on daylily bud.

A Pink Spotted Lady Beetle (Coleomegilla maculata) harmonizes perfectly with the unopened bud of a tiger lily (Hemerocallis species).

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