Just emerging from the larval stage, his wings are still crumpled up from being packed in. He's resting in the sun, pumping blood through the veins in the wings to straighten them out, and harden them.
Taken at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, NY. They not only have a beautiful area to walk and hike, but they also sponsor educational programs. George Steele took us on a herpetology adventure (reptiles and amphibians.) We didn't see any snakes, but we did see several amphibians including two species of salamander and several stages in the frog life cycle.
Oddly enough, insects were wildly popular even though we were looking for amphibians!
Monday Mural: rabbit carp - Along the edge of Chinatown near the 880 freeway stands a running frieze of colorful murals. This one caught my fancy because it blends two animals. Wou...
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