Cool day

 Not so windy today and such a wonderful temperature. 

The Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) have started to bloom. Love the way it spirals around the stem.

 Two-striped Grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus) impaled by a Loggerhead Shrike. The shrike is also known as the Butcher bird. The shrike will come back later for its cache. I have seen the shrike impale critters on thorns, like on the Honey Locust tree. So many kinds of insects, shrews, lizards, and frogs are among its diet.  I have witnessed it take down and eat a blackbird some years ago.

This is one of  the Grass-Veneers (Crambini). The species is Agriphila straminella.  It's snout looks a bit like a bottlebrush don't you think?  I see it out in my field in the grasses.

Keep on looking!


Judy said...

That grass veneers is really cool. Bottle brush yes.

Unknown said...

One of my favorite things about fall is the flowering Spiranthes. Thanks for sharing your photo.


Claire said...

Beautiful! I love those little moths. Made me realize I haven't seen any in town.