Stash – (2 photos)

We have been helplessly watching a very industrious squirrel raiding our walnut tree but his greediness got the best of him.  I noticed some unusual green at the base of our very old, damaged apple tree.  On closer examination I found walnuts buried in the surrounding fir cone midden and more walnuts in the hollowed out tree.  I gather about 15 pounds worth of nuts, leaving some for the squirrel.

Polyphemus Caterpillar and Moth (4 photos)

This guy came crawling by the other day and was very impressive.  At first I thought it might be a Luna Moth caterpillar but unfortunately I don’t think we have them this far north.

I took photos of this large, slightly damaged Polyphemus Moth in 2011.  Incidentally, Polyphemus was the one-eyed son of Poseidon from the island of Cyclops in Greek mythology.



A Prickly Affair

A Western Yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) queen mating with a male.  The fertilized queen will eventually go into hibernation for the winter. She will re-emerge in the spring, find a spot for a nest and lay a few eggs that will hatch and become her workers. She will spend the remainder of her time laying eggs. Alas, the male will die.