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.
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 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.