21 September 2021
Yesterday was the last really hot day before tomorrow’s storms and a return to cooler temperatures. We found many active insects, including mosquitoes!, as we looked for birds at State Game Land 63 in Clarion County yesterday morning.
Above and below, an apparently pregnant praying mantis looks for a place to lay her eggs.
Many monarchs flew by on their way south. Will they reach Pittsburgh before the storms?
And a field of grass and goldenrod was a-flutter with small orange butterflies. (I think one may be a pearl crescent. Can you identify these two?)
Bugs are having their last big fling.
(photos by Kate St. John and Donna Foyle)