We’ve got some bugs, pups, and a bird this week! Remember, if you want to see a photo of your own, head over to the contact page and you can submit your favorite animal.
1. My dedicated husband braved the sun and scorching heat to get the perfect picture of this HUGE bumble bee last weekend. There is something about bumbles that make me wish I could give them a hug.
2. Avita lives in a home with three other exuberant pups, but maintains a sweet and calm demeanor (this is of course my perspective; things might be different when guests aren’t around!). She is the most timid of the brood, but oh-so-photogenic.
3. I swear I don’t have an obsession with beetles, but I found this little guy walking home yesterday! This species is found mainly along with eastern coast of the United States, and has a reputation for being quite a pest. They eat a variety of fruit and can cause damage to lawns by rooting underground.
4. Here is a turtle dove, spotted by my husband at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has some potential to become a wildlife photographer ;). We actually have a lot of these birds that hang out right outside the window of our apartment. Wikipedia describes their mating call as a “plaintive cooOOoo-woo-woo-woooo”, and I can confirm the accuracy from experience. I also learned that this species is one of the biggest game birds in the U.S., with over 20 million killed annually, and up to 70 million in some years (sadface). They are able to keep their numbers up because each pair of adult birds can raise up to 6 broods yearly! I guess that’s why we hear their mating call so often. Once they find a mate, they are monogamous and raise each brood together.
5. This photo is blurry, but these dogs were too cute to not share!! They were both so excited to run into each other on the street, and bounced around in joy. I immediately wondered what our world would look like if we as humans were this excited to meet each other! It would probably be pretty exhausting, but fun.