Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nature notes: Mesa Verde - the small stuff part 1

From our campground, you could reach a trail on foot that explained in detail about the flowers and plants found at Mesa Verde.

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Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariaefolia)

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a thistle - Mesa Verde has problems with the Musk Thistle as an invading species, but this is a native one

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a Lupine (Lupinus caudatus)

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can you find the grasshopper (click the photo for a larger view)?

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here it is, superbly camouflaged against the pebbles (if you draw a straight line from the lower left to the upper right of the first photo, you will find the grasshopper)

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this butterfly seems to have had a close encounter with a bird, from the state of tis wings

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robber flies, making more robber flies

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no idea what fly species, but I like the pattern of its wings

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods



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