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Critters of the Elms

Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012

photos copyright Hester Burch

This bullfrog welcomes visiting 1st graders at Elms this winter. Winter 2012.

Rock Doves: April 2010

These gorgeous rock doves (Columba livia) are not native to the United States but there are now many wild and domestic populations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

photos copyright Hester Burch

As far as I know, they are not commonly seen here at Elms.

Unknown Caterpillar -Cutworm Maybe: October 2011

I’m guessing that this caterpillar is a cutworm: possibly a Snowy Dart. Can anyone give a positive id to this critter?

That is so interesting about this caterpillar is that its coloring and strips make it very good at staying hidden. However, I can only assume that when threatened, it will bend in such a way to expose these stunning black “eye” patches; perhaps a way of scaring away predators.

underside view (note: this caterpillar was not found on or near this pine tree.)

photos copyright Hester Burch

It was found by students weeding one of our native plant gardens at Elms –October 2011.

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