Cicadas from brood X are emerging in the city. This cohort began their journey 17 years ago. Scientists estimate that up to 1.4 million of these insects will emerge per acre. Click on the image for a larger view.
Glass is the most defining material in modern architecture. For birds, it is also the most deadly. Between 365 and 988 million birds are killed in the US annually from striking windows. The taller the building, the more deadly. This Kentucky Warbler fell victim to the buildings of Kansas City.
I am not sure the type of wasp, but we found the remains just on the inside of our window. It is missing two of its wings, but apart from that, it is it good shape. At first appearance, it seem rather plain, but under closer inspection, the markings and structure are beautiful. As with most insects, this wasp also has three primitive eyes between its larger primary compound eyes. Click on the image for a larger view.
We were visited by a Northern Mockingbird this afternoon. While the plumage of this bird is subdued, its song is complex and beautiful, giving it its latin name, Mimus polyglottos, the many-tongued mimic. It serenaded us for several minutes while feeding. Continue reading →