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Your Moment of Beauty

This beautiful dahlia, blazing with color, was on display during the floral show at the State Fair in Puyallup.                                                                                                                                                                   (photo by Bob Walter)

Your Moment of Beauty!
Photos by Bob Walter

      October 1, 2015: This winged beauty is an Anise Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio zelicaon), a common delight in our part of the country the butterfly is related to other swallowtails found in other parts of America. Their life span can be short in the wild. However, wing damaged butterflies have been kept alive for up to six weeks when fed properly. (photos by Bob Walter)

     Even in the caterpillar phase of its life this fascinating "bug" is beautiful. After hatching from its egg the caterpillar turns around and eats the egg "shell." In the chrysalis (pupa) stage it may hang around from a branch for months if it over-winters, not hatching until spring. Once hatched this attractive butterfly can have a wing span of three to over four inches.
The Anise is one of the very important pollinators that need to be cared for. There are ways to raise them from eggs but once they reach the butterfly stage they should be released. For more information on how to raise this animal and to view a caterpillar please check out Anise Swallowtail Butterfly | Kids Growing Strong,


Your Moment of Beauty, But What Kind of Moth is it?

Probably one of the big Sphinx moths, but we aren't sure.

     Sphinx moths are often called "hummingbird moths" - they're roughly the same size and feed in a similar manner, sipping nectar from flowers while hovering, and so are sometimes mistaken for the avian hummers. (photos by Bob Walter).

Your Moment of Curiosity...

                                                                                                                                                                           (photo by Bob Walter)

     What is this? Looks kind of like a moss, kind of like a lichen. Reddish at the base, greener at the tips. Itís heavy, and tightly adhered to the wild rose stem itís growing on. There were just a couple of others on the large rose, that I could see.
       (Publisher's Note: Bob is good with botany but this one has him stumped. It reminds me of the Star Trek Weebles.)

      Update from Bob - I took Anita Latch's suggestion and called the county extension office - a great resource! They say it's a mossy rose gall, the gall being a swelling on the cane due to a wasp-like insect that bores into it and lays eggs, that become larvae, that cause swelling. Not just a swelling but a hard-shelled, chambered, bony structure. What happens to the larvae? What favors the moss to grow on the gall? Is the moss dependent on the wasp? Can this species of moss only grow on this type of gall? It's all so complicated! And connected.

 *See some scientific information - Diplolepis rosae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Crazy Daisy Twins!

 This gerbera daisy gave ENN a double treat this June.

Funky double daisy turns into an owl face for those with imagination

Your Moment of Beauty!

     It's a shame you cannot enjoy the wonderful fragrance of this blooming Tropicana Rose. The beauty comes from a bush that is around 25 years old. (photo by Bob Walter)

Your Moment of Tiny Beauty

     Lichens, bugles and liverworts, oh my! The "bugles" are cladonia chloropheae or "Pixie Cups." There is a pretty and fascinating world of miniature plants in our area if we look closely. (photo by Bob Walter)

Your Moment of Beauty...

     Do we ever get tired of our splendid view of Mount Rainier? We get to see her nearly all the time, but not everyone has that privilege so we are very lucky. Here she is in her glorious pink moment on November 14, 2014. (photo by Bob Walter)

Your Moment of Beauty...

                                                                                                                                   (photo by Bob Walter)

     September 8, 2014: This moth was photographed at Pack Forest. ENN is not sure what type of moth this lovely little animal is but it's likely an Agreeable Tiger Moth.

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