Anniversary Escape

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

~Henry David Thoreau

Last month we escaped for a few days for our anniversary. Escaped may seem like a strange word for people that are lucky enough live in the woods, but, as Melissa has pointed out, when we stay at home, I often manage to find a few chores that just have to be done. So, for our anniversary, we escaped to a cabin in the woods in the mountains of Virginia along the New River. No plans, just a few days to do as we chose. It is always a good reminder that when you slow down, you can experience more of the wonders that surround you. Here are a few of the highlights.

pink lady slipper orchid

Pink lady’s slipper orchid, Cypripedium acaule (click photos to enlarge)

wood anemone

Wood anemone, Anemone quinquefolia

bluets

Bluets, Houstonia caerulea

Salt marsh caterpillar?

Salt marsh caterpillar (not the best common name – so far from a salt marsh)

painted trillium

Painted trillium, Trillium undulatum

rosy maple moth emerging

Rosy maple moth just after emerging from pupa

rosy maple moth emerging ventral view close up

Close up view of a fuzzy moth

rosy maple moth pupal case

Pupal case found on ground next to emerging rosy maple moth

mayfly on tree 1

Mayfly adult (imago)

Mayflies are unique among modern insect groups in that they have two flying stages after the larval (or nymph) stage. The first is called the subimago, sort of a pre-adult flying stage. This is a unique feature of mayflies. The subimago often looks different from the final adult stage (imago), but in other species, can be difficult to separate. I found a couple of pale mayflies on the cabin windows and am assuming they are subimagos. This stage lasts for only a day or so, and then the mayfly molts again into the fully mature adult.

mayfly subimago?

Mayfly subimago (?)

parasitoid wasp

Unidentified parasitoid wasp

The cabin was quite welcoming for a couple of naturalists. In addition to all the cool insects and plants, there was a phoebe nest above the back door and a red-eyed vireo building her nest not far off the deck.

Red-eyed vireo on nest

Red-eyed vireo shaping her nest

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