Archive for the 'Herbivory' Category

09
Jul
08

Skeletonized Oak Leafs – July 9 2008

As I am walking in to work I look up and see these caterpillars skeletonizing the leafs of this Chinkapin Oak. The leaf to the right has already been finished as is only veins.

It is so interesting to see these creatures work to pick the leafs clean. I wonder how long they stay together as a group? Also what advantage is there to them staying together?

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11
Apr
08

Walnut Remains from Flying Squirrel #2 – April 11 2008

Here in the old stump a flying squirrel left the shell of a black walnut. These squirrels eat 4 small holes in the walnut.

02
Nov
07

Ravaged Leaf- October 28, 2007

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As I look down at the edge of the woods I see this skeleton of a leaf. It’s kinda neat.

12
Oct
07

Herbivory(Animals eating plants) – Oct 12, 2007

Swans in fen Eating Duckweed, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

Here’s a good example of herbivory(animals eating plants). Swans eating duckweed.

Here’s an ash leaf that is being eating by two types of animals.
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One is eating chunks of leafs, and a leaf-miner is living inside the leaf and eating a trail on the inside.

Here’s a wild edible plant that some humans like to eat: Sweet Cicely.

Sweet Cicely
It’s also called anise-root because if tastes like licorice.

15
Dec
06

Ant Eating an Apple – Oct 8 2006


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Originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

It is a beautiful, sunny day and this black ant is enjoying some fallen fruit. This is from the tree in front of the camp director’s house.

Some ants near by are a little futher along on their meal.
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03
Aug
06

Ground hog eating a wafer ash – July 2006

A hungry ground hog broke this waffer ash branch that is on Massasauga trail. The leaves on the branch are all chewed off. I’ve seen quite a few groundhogs up in the trees this year. I actually never knew that they even climbed trees.

19
Jun
06

Small Caterpillar eating Grape Leaf – June 17, 2006


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Originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.