Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Giving Pond

Early Friday morning I went with some friends to a place called the Giving Pond. A 90 acre park near the Delaware Canal State Park. We were in search of those fluttering butterflies....Lots of pictures to show... (and if I incorrectly id something, let me know..I'm always learning.... ;-)

A Pearl Crescent Butterfly, posing for me...


Eastern Tailed-blue...Some dew drops clinging to the leaves as we walk in the chill of the morning.
Sensitive fern...why the name?? because it is the first fern to react to Autumn's cooling temps, so they say...
Couldn't id this one...maybe one of you can?? A buckeye??
Sassafras plant..recognized by me because of the mitten leaf..even though it carries 3 different leaves.
I found out, after drinking tons of root beer in my early years, it is now being seen as a possible cause of liver cancer?? ahhh!
Cabbage butterfly....
Purple milkweed, rare find for S.E. pa., likes more acidic soils, doesn't produce as much foliage but really cool butterflies love it..like the admirals, and fritillaries.
Silver-spotted skipper...cool spiral tongue!!..even tho they taste with their feet!
Northern Crescent...very common, but pretty design...
Yea, yea, I know, I'm not a butterfly, she saw me last and I think I'm still the cutest thing going in the forest! Wink!! Wink!!

26 comments:

Jann E. said...

You had a really nice outing...love the winking fawn, I recently got a shot of a doe sticking her tongue out at me LOL! We have milkweeds growing wild here in SD, very pretty flowers. Enjoyed your nice photos. :o)

JKoenig said...

Loved your post. Butterflies don't usually sit still for very long..but you got some neat pictures. AND the winking deer was a great final touch.

Have a lovely day!

Abe Lincoln said...

The butterfly looks like a Buckeye in the shade which would give it that cool shady color instead of the warmer reddish brownish with yellow outlined spots. LOL

Nice.

We have not had but cabbage whites here so far. I am beginning to wonder where the butterflies are.

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Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Tina, these pictures are beautiful! I love all your butterflies, and the deer at the end was a fun capture. You and Barb sure see a lot of deer up there! The park looks like a very nice spot.

The one you couldn't identify is called a purple moth...mothus purplus. It is closely related to the bright yellow moth that so expertly camoflauged itself on our green front door. Also, tell that cabbage butterly it's on the wrong plant. I think it's really a thistle moth. :-)

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Bird Girl said...

You guys got a LOT of butterfly action and some great pictures! I love that curled up tongue! And how interesting about the sassafras and rootbeer linked to liver cancer - YIKES!
My favorite...of course your cutie winking in that last shot ;-)
What a nice name for a pond!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Tina: What a nice series of butterflies and the fawn winking is a hoot.

George said...

It looks as if the Giving Pond is a great place to capture butterflies and other critters. I really like the picture of the doe.

Chris Petrak said...

Butterflies are one more thing I would like to learn more about - nice stimulus to good intentions - now where is the time?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures, Tina. Looks like you all had a great time. The butterflies are so colorful. And you know how much I love that fawn.

Hugs,
Betsy

Eve said...

A very good post with a very funny ending Tina! Since I alway have my handy dandy butterfly book near by let me just take a peek....yep looks like it could be a Little Wood-satyr Tina. It's a bit hard to tell because of the angle of the wings but that's where my money is! This was fun!

The Early Birder said...

I can't help with the ID but enjoyed looking at your "flutter" and the Deer of course. Super.

Leedra said...

Nice photos of the butterflies. Don't think that one is a Common Buckeye, think the color is a little off. Can't tell for sure. There are other butterflies with the eyespots (don't know if that is the correct name).

Fantastic capture of the Cabbage White.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks like you were successful in your photo hunt.Each of these pictures would be worth the trip to this lovely pond.
Blessings,Ruth

Gail said...

I loved the photos but especially loved the name, "The Giving Pond".

dAwN said...

hee hee..what a silly deer..Great photos..I had no idea about the sassafras leading to liver damage..I love to chew on the root..only do a few times a year so i guess i am ok.
Dont know my flutterbys so I cant help with the Id.
I do want to learn..need a book.

Neal said...

Great shots Tina. Of course, you always do a great job!

Tina said...

Thanks everyone for your help and your guesses. Something different than finding birds..chasing, and I mean chasing butterflies is quite tiring!! Never realized how quick one has to be to capture that little critter when it finally decides to land!! lol

Eve, THANK U for looking in your book.. I think you are so right with your guess of a wood satyr.I , too, ran to my book to look at a WS and wow it does look like the picture..the way it was sitting and thr light it was sitting in must have given it a bluish look..just like Abe said!!

HANNIBAL said...

Awww, that last one was a great ending!

Leeloo's mum said...

Wink wink, I love the last picture! Butterflies are so beautiful, lovely photos :) I really really like the Eastern Tailed-blue, I see them here all the time, I didn't know that's what they're called. I don't know any of the butterfly names actually, except the monarch. I don't know much about butterflies to tell you the truth.
Thanks for sharing :)

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Love the winking fawn! I'm glad you saved it for last. All of these photos are so lovely. You captured them all perfectly.

troutbirder said...

They are indeed beautiful. Great collection of pictures.

Bill S. said...

I love your pictures. You have some very nice shots of the deer. The other day while getting a load of firewood I got a picture of a doe mule deer and her fawn.
Thanks for the nice post.

jalynn01 said...

Hi Tina
What nice photos you have butterflies. I haven't seen many butterflies or bees here... Kinda sad.. And the surprise wink at the end was delightful. Gotta love those deer! so cute.

Andy said...

The butterfly in question is a Little Wood Satyr Butterfly

The Tile Lady said...

Incredible butterfly and moth photos...such a serene beautiful place, too! Don't worry about the sassafras....they don't allow the cancer-causing ingredient in sassafras to be sold now, and I suspect it wasn't ever an ingredient in root beer, just a "taste-alike." But I could be wrong. At any rate, they remove the harmful ingredient in anything sold now. As much sassafras as the early settlers and Indians drank though, I wonder if it really was ever all that harmful....
Marie

Tim Rice said...

Beautiful post! I love hiking at The Giving Pond.

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