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Metomorphosis

This frog has not yet lost its tadpole tail.

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa).  I think this is a juvenile male, but I am no dragonfly expert.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) feeding on Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Standing Cypress.   This is the only hummingbird native to Missouri.    The standing cypress is usually found more to the Southwest, but the hummingbirds like it, so I plant a bit each year.   It … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata).     I really like both the moth and the plant.    Pickerelweed is a water plant that grows on the edges of my frog ponds.   The moth has several common … Continue reading

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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).   Milkweeds are important to Monarch butterflies.   I have planted several species.  This is the most common one that you will see along roadsides.

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Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

  Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens).   Very colorful bird.    Saw him in my lower field last evening.

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False Dragon Head (Physostegia virginiana)

False Dragon Head (Physostegia virginiana).     Also called obedient plant.    The individual flower heads actually sort of pivot on their bases and will stay in the orientation you put them in.   Not sure why you would feel … Continue reading

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