From grasshopper-eating turtles to omnipresent praying mantises, there were so many interesting sightings in the yard and gardens this year that I hardly know where to begin. I've shared some of those sightings through posts throughout the year, but tonight it feels like those posts just skimmed the surface of what I observed. I've got a ve-e-e-ery long post drafted that is relatively complete...but it's way too long already and I'm just now looking at September's photos.
So I'm rebooting and sharing just a select few highlights.
Incidentally, I have come to really appreciate possums. First, they
rarely carry rabies. I believe it has to do with their low normal body
temperature. Secondly, they act as supreme "tick sweepers" - they keep
their fur almost entirely free of parasites such as ticks, presumably by
eating any they find when they groom themselves. Thus
possums will help reduce the population of ticks in an area, rather than
Compared to amphibians, reptiles weren't seen much during 2014. I was able to get photos of a couple different garter snakes and 3 ornate box turtles.
Of course, many, many of my photos are of insects, but I'm going to save those for some other time.
Have a wonderful 2015, both in the garden and out of it!