Entries tagged with “wildlife”.


Seen in our yard:

Birds

Butterflies
Sadly, none are frequent except for the ubiquitous non-native cabbage white that eats my kale.

Other Bugs
Loads, as yet unclassified. Honeybees, bumblebees, yellowjackets, worms, spiders….

Mammals

  • squirrel
  • chipmunk
  • woodchuck
  • coyote
  • rabbit
  • white-tailed deer

Reptiles and Amphibians

Other

You may remember that a few weeks ago I noticed a black swallowtail in the garden. Well, today we have this:

It’s a baby black swallowtail caterpillar. Hopefully it’ll survive the birds long enough to get to the chrysalis stage.

Today I saw a black swallowtail butterfly in our garden, hovering over our carrots and parsley. Yay!

Other butterflies seen in our garden this year:

  • cabbage whites (non-native, ubiquitous, and the first butterflies I saw this year)
  • a yellow one I think is a clouded sulphur
  • a red admiral (apparently a banner year for them)
  • a eastern tiger swallowtail just passing overhead

And it looks like monarchs have arrived in Massachusetts, so maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll see a few of them too.