It’s in your nature: What is it?
s I spend more time exploring my favorite haunts and some new ones, my camera is always with me.
I never know when a new bird, a beautiful flower, a surprise reptile visitor, or something else pauses long enough for a photo. My files of photos keep increasing as I hunt more now with my camera to record the many things around us.
Most of the photos you’ll view in today’s column were taken locally. One or two others possibly to our south. Try your best to identify my selected “nature pictures” to see how familiar you are with what is all around us. I have listed the answers here, with a few extra “answers” just to keep it a challenge for you. (didn’t want it to be too easy). You will find the answers and some explanations at the end of the column. Good luck, enjoy, and get out there.
Mountain azalea flowers, red-shouldered hawk, peregrine falcon, kingfisher, honeysuckle flowers, box turtle, anhinga, wood turtle, common toad eggs, poison ivy, spotted lanternfly nymph, bullfrog eggs, harlequin beetle, honey locust tree, dodder, starlings, tree swallows, and pied-billed grebe.
Test Your Knowledge will return next week.
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Answers and descriptions
A: Soon to become a huge pest again, this is a spotted lanternfly nymph.
B: Immature peregrine falcon.
C: This wood turtle emerged from Lizard Creek and was warming in the sun.
D: Leaves of three, let them be. The new growth of poison ivy is reddish in color. Keep a wide berth.
E: A common toad lays its eggs in long jellylike strings in vernal ponds.
F: A belted kingfisher found a perch to scan for minnows.
G: An anhinga (in Corkscrew Swamp, Florida) scratches with its adaptable webbed foot.
H: A pied-billed grebe dives under water to catch its minnow meals.
I: Tree swallows, on a cold Beltzville Lake morning, mass on a tree to warm in the late March sun.
J: Mountain azalea blossoms brighten a Penn Forest hillside this past week.
K: A honey locust is easiest to identify in early autumn when its large seed pods are exposed.