NATURE HIKE: New Photos from 4/21/2012

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    Apr 21, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Today I hiked the Manassas Battlefield Brawner Farm Trails. Here are a few shots:

    Wild dogwood. I like how this one branch stretches out in front of the distant woods.
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    Finally got a fairly decent shot of this spotted skipper butterfly after about ten unsuccessful attempts. They sure like to land on dirt.
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    If you know what kind of insect made this nest, please let me know.
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    Here those things that fall off the trees this time of year (help me if you know what they're called) get caught in a web. If you look close there's a bright green caterpillar in the web as well.
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    They're HERE! This was the second one I spotted trying to latch onto my sneaker.
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    Apr 21, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    Lovely picture of the wild dogwood.
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    Apr 21, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    "Here those things that fall off the trees this time of year (help me if you know what they're called) "

    That's what it look like when trees have sex
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    Apr 21, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    Thank you for sharing!
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    Apr 22, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    I think your "nest" is a cocoon (hanging possibly in a cherry laurel) and the stuff in the web might be flowers (maybe from an oak?).

    And as for your little inchworm (no offense)

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    Apr 22, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    I hate ticks.
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    Apr 22, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI think your "nest" is a cocoon (hanging possibly in a cherry laurel) and the stuff in the web might be flowers (maybe from an oak?).


    Yeah, that's what I meant, a cocoon. icon_smile.gif Looks like a Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis or Bagworm moth cocoon.

    The other pic of those hanging flowers in the web are called "catkins."
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    Apr 22, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    Nice crisp pictures, wrestlervic. I saw a butterfly on a hiking trip in Connecticut this week, but couldn't identify it. Must have been the spotted skipper, looks exactly the same.

    Thanks!
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    Apr 22, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    A couple more pictures. In the sunny, opened portion of the trail I shot these wildflowers. Have no idea what they are. Only one in focus. At close-up they look like a cluster of medium paint brushes. ;-)

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    And this cracked tree looks like it may keel over soon.
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    Apr 22, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    theantijock saidI think your "nest" is a cocoon (hanging possibly in a cherry laurel) and the stuff in the web might be flowers (maybe from an oak?).


    Yeah, that's what I meant, a cocoon. icon_smile.gif Looks like a Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis or Bagworm moth cocoon.

    The other pic of those hanging flowers in the web are called "catkins."


    Had no idea they were called catkins. Just looked up some pics of'm I see pussywillows are a'kin to catkins. I'd love to grow pussies here but it looks like the warmest they tolerate is zone 8, mostly north of Florida.

    As to the bagworm, ya, pics look about right. No idea about the scientific name, however, I probably couldn't even say that first word without a lisp. That stuff tongue twists my eyeballs.