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Anoles and More on Wednesday

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It was bright and sunny today, two days after the hurricane went through. Everything’s pretty much back to normal here. There were lots of anoles around today enjoying the sunshine.

These two were on the back screen door. The big male on the right was pursuing the female on the left, following her around on the screen. She wasn’t impressed and after awhile she ran away.

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A baby anole sitting on a concrete block.

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I often lean sticks or branches against the fence for the anoles to climb and sit on. This young anole was perched at the top of this branch, watching what was going on below.

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Anole climbing through the cedar vine on the fence. She seems to be a female, and something seems to be bothering her–it’s hard to tell for sure through the vines, but she may have her dewlap extended.

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One more anole for today. This one was posing on a palm tree late this afternoon.

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Lantana flowers.

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Rosemary branch.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done sun stars!

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A fiery sunset this evening.

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Back on Friday

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I’ve been busy for the past couple of days with dental surgery and preparations for Hurricane Irma–not a great combination! But things are going better now. We’re expecting Irma to pass us here in northeast Florida late Sunday night/early Monday morning. We are not in an evacuation zone so we’re staying home. We usually lose power during these storms–sometimes for hours, sometimes for days–but otherwise come through all right, so I hope we’ll be lucky this time too.

Here are a few pre-hurricane photos from today. First, a Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the lavender flowers. There were about a dozen of these butterflies in the yard this morning, all gone by afternoon. Maybe they were migrating away from the coming storm.

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Max looking up into the palm tree he’s been working on. He loves to pull on the loose frond bases. Eventually we’ll get some tree people to come and clean it up.

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Max and his palm tree.

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Cicada shell on the palm tree.

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Baby anole on the fence. The anoles in general seem to come through these storms pretty well–I usually see them reappearing on the fences soon after it clears up. This is a tiny anole though, so I hope it’s a lucky little one!

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Another anole on a basil pot. Nice red/orange coloring on this one.

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Saturday Photos

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Just a few for today. Here’s another bumblebee in the lavender.

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Big male anole on the raised planter by the back door. It’s easy to see the chevron pattern running down his back–an indication that he’s a male.

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This anole is a young female, much smaller than the male above. She has female markings: a light-colored line down her back, with darker shapes around it.

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And this one is a very small, very young baby anole. Its head is wider than its body, and look at those big feet! My guess is male for this one, but it can be hard to tell when babies are this tiny and the pattern on the back isn’t very clear yet. It looks chevrons to me right now.

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Anoles on Monday

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A few anoles for today. I love this big male showing off his dewlap.

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A young anole climbing on a wire tomato cage in the basil plants. (I stuck a couple of cages in the pots to help support the basil plants.) I think this is a male anole, and he seems to have lost a good chunk of his tail–it’s growing back, though it will never look just like his original tail. He’s a little redhead–I like the orange/red coloring on the top of his head.

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Baby anole here–a little female climbing up the fence.

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And the big guy who guards the gate area.

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Green Anole on Friday

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Most of the anoles living in my yard are brown anoles, but occasionally a green anole will turn up. I saw a green anole today when I was watching butterflies on the lantana bush by the fence. The anole was on the fence, partially hidden by a lantana branch, and was probably hoping to catch a butterfly or other insect.

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This green anole had a sprinkling of grains of sand/dirt on its face, making me think it could be a female who’d been digging a hole for an egg.

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The anole moved around on the fence, watching the butterflies through the leaves.

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It suddenly lunged deeper into the bush and came up with an insect in its mouth. I couldn’t tell what kind of insect it was, but the anole seemed to enjoy the snack.

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A pretty Gulf Fritillary butterfly on the lantans bush.

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Anole on Thursday

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Just one for today–a little anole sitting on the fence next to a red star flower on the Cypress vine.

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Swallowtail Number 2

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The second Black Swallowtail came out of its chrysalis today. It was sitting beside the chrysalis when I spotted it this morning.

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The butterfly stayed here for awhile, moving its wings.

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Butterfly looking up at the camera.

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One more of today’s Swallowtail. About 6 more to go!

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Anole on a tomato cage–I was using it as a support for the basil plants. The anole is a bit too big to hide behind that wire. He also couldn’t resist peeking out on one side.

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Same anole–side view. He’s a handsome fellow.

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Baby anoles on the fence. There are two in this photo–can you see them both? Their tiny bodies aren’t much wider than the fence wire.

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