Beech forest found in Pitfall Trap
In the first photo, there I s a common carpenter ant peering over the edge.
The photos aren't very clear because it was very small and fast.
The photos do not do justice to the brightness of the red markings on the Shieldbug nymphs.
Variously called Bird's Eye or Persican Speedwell. The small (1cm) leaves with scalloped margins and the single flower on a >15mm peduncle, fits keys in Gleason and in Haines books.
This composite flowers in late summer without any ray flowers. I've never seen a bee or butterfly on it. But it's not shy about spreading, and at last count we dug up 12 plants that had spread to different parts of the yard.
It's slightly invasive.
This species, a favorite host of the Red Admiral Butterfly, arrived on its own and is moderately invasive.
A well-established white & blue "form" of Viola sororia. I doubt that it is truly a subspecies. Originally introduced in 1981, and spreads erratically, disappearing from some places and reappearing in others.
This is a very common Blue Violet, the commonest. The species characteristic is the longish (>1mm) hairs on the beard of the petals, which DO NOT end in clubs.
This tall grass (1m) with its 10-12 cm nodding spikes is a common roadside grass in NJ. There are a few of last year's stalks still in evidence.
Exclusion of deer for the past year has allowed this species to spread in the yard.
I think this is a new plant for me
HABITAT: Today, koala populations are confined to a handful of the remaining eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to southern Australia. Don’t let the koala’s cuddly looks fool you; they have powerful legs and forefeet that help them scale the eucalyptus trees in which they live.
DIET: Koalas may be small in size, but they eat approximately two and a half to three lbs. of foliage daily! They mainly munch on the young leaves, shoots, bark, and seedpods of the eucalyptus species that are specific to their habitat
.PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The koala’s body is adapted for a tree-dwelling lifestyle. Their extremely sharp claws, vice-like grip, and ridged foot pads allow them to scale 100 ft
0.5 cm long.
Mostly black with tiny white spots on its wings.
ABITAT: Speke’s gazelle are found in open, semi-desert plateaus of Somalia and parts of Ethiopia.
DIET: These browsers feed in the early morning. In their very arid habitat, dew rarely accumulates, and predawn feeding gives these animals the highest moisture content from the foliage they consume.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Small and fragile looking, Speke’s gazelle are fawn-colored with a distinct black flank, and a paler band above it
Blue moon butterlfy seen in scrubland at Tawharanui, north Auckland.