In Prospect Park

A walk in Prospect Park never fails to turn up something exciting in the animal/vegetable/mineral kingdoms, even if I’m paying more attention to the conversation. When the conversation is with NYC Wildflower Week’s Mariellé Anzelone, there’s plenty to learn. For instance, I think I can now actually name the two flowers pictured here. That’s one of the mock oranges above (genus Philadelphus) and the purple-flowering raspberry, Rubus odoratus, below.
Meanwhile, larvae of something eating bittersweet nightshade leaves. There were also wooly aphids on this plant, toting their tiny bundles of wooly-ness.Barn swallows nesting on the Boathouse. This is one of several you can see there now. They make their nests out of mud pellets.

Not pictured: a host of butterflies, including pipevine and tiger swallowtails; dragonflies, including a 12-spot; and feeding time at the Nelly’s Lawn red-tailed hawk nest.

A blazing day, but so much cooler under the trees! More tree, please! (And let’s not just plant ’em and forget ’em, as the city’s Million Trees project does.)

3 Responses to “In Prospect Park”

  1. 1 Mutterschwester June 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful photos, and great eye! Ditto on more trees! (Although I’d prefer whichever gender of tree does not produce pollen.)

  2. 2 Marielle June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    It was a fun day, Matthew. Thanks for being such a kind host. Love the Rubus oderatus!! And your little camera takes very excellent photos – I’m surprised. Looking forward to Four Sparrow Marsh tour. @Mutterschwester – no pollen – no new trees!

  3. 3 TGIQ June 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    The larvae look like some kind of leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) but I couldn’t tell you anything past that…bug guide might know what Chrysomelids like nightshade…

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