Butterflies and Friends

Wildlife seen on this page includes cold blooded critters like amphibians, reptiles, fish, crustaceans and insects. Please see the Fabulous Frogs page for a selection of frog and toad images. Unlike mammals and birds, cold blooded animals depend on their surroundings to control their body temperature. Each species seen here plays an important part in its ecosystem.

 

Whilst some of these animals may not appeal to certain people, most of us have a healthy appreciation of butterflies. Butterflies are either residents, meaning they live in an area all year round, or migratory, meaning they relocate depending on the season. In countries where it snows, some butterflies hibernate during the winter months. It is hard to believe that a small, fragile butterfly can spend the long, frozen winter months, tucked away in a secret location like a tiny popsicle - and survive to emerge in the spring. Isn't nature amazing?

 

Eastern Newt
Hummingbird Moth
Black Swallowtail, USA
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Common baskettail, Vermont, USA
Eastern newt
Dot tailed White faced Dragonfly
Preying Mantis
Hummingbird Moth
Widow Dragonfly, Vermont
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, USA
Spotted salamander, Vermont
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Buckey, Bermuda
Monarch, USA
Common Blue, England
Black swallowtail Spring
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Cottonmouth
Spots and Petals
Garter snake
Speckled Wood, England
Grass snake, Norfolk, England
Blue dasher, Bermuda
Spotted turtle, Noth Carolina
Ebony jewelwing, Vermont
River Cooter, North Carolina
Eastern Pine Elfin, USA
Small but Mighty
Jamaincan anoes, Bermuda
Big Splash, Vermont
Brimstone, England
American Lady, USA
Peacock, England
Common Blue, England
Stealthy hunter, Vermont, USA
Clouded Sulphur, USA
Eastern brown water snake, NC
Brown water snake
Wall Brown, England
Adder, England
Monarch, USA

© 2016 by Jessica Riederer

Stealthy hunter, Vermont, USA

Have you ever tried to sneak up on a dragonfly? You might not have much luck. These powerful insects have huge eyes for a reason! Avoiding predators and catching insects keeps them alive.