My niece had a special cake made for Grampy. My sister was looking through photo albums and found some fun pictures of Dad wearing goofy hats, so this was incorporated into a special "Hats Off" to Dad and Grampy cake.
Here's the female with more of a yellowish coloring. When we picked up the log she was sitting on, she immediately opened her wings and turned upside down as a defensive posture. Don't those dots on here wings look like an owl face? That was pretty neat to see her do that.
Farther down the path, Dave found this caterpillar on a stinging nettle leaf. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm leaning towards a Painted Lady. Can anyone help with a positive identification?
We saw this little snail on another leaf.
There were some butterflies too....
I'm going to guess that this might be a Tawny Emperor. My Peterson "Flash Guide" for butterflies says they are found in woodlands near streams and rivers and feeds at animal droppings. We saw this one on a little road next to the river that's used as a horse trail and this butterfly was near some horse "road apples."
While we were walking down the trail, I got the distinct feeling we were being watched.....
Look how this tree has managed to grow from an almost solid limestone hillside.
A pretty shelf fungus on an old log on the ground.
Happy Father's Day, Dad. Hope you enjoyed your afternoon and this little walk through Forestville.