The Daily Bucket–Why are the damselflies drinking with their butts?

But of course the damsel flies are not really drinking; they are laying eggs. They contort on the edge of a lily pad with their abdomen curved into the water seemingly under the lip of the pad. It’s called ovipositing. I’d seen lots of damselflies joining at the end of their abdomens earlier this Summer, to…

The Daily Bucket–Life Springs.

These frog eggs sacs presented a vivid image within a few dys of the mating.  Shingy white eggs quivered, suspended in a light green jello. Less than one month later, dense algae has covered these once jelly-clear egg sacs.  Pond scum’s weight has dragged the sacs to the pond’s bottom.  This is the point where I…

The Daily Bucket– Where Dozens once Hoped, Hundreds now Surge.

Although evening temperatures skirt 32 F, the native Chorus Frogs of NW Oregon continue to meet and mate.  I spotted an single egg sac with 20 eggs two weeks ago, but now I can see 30 egg sacs, some containing 50 or more eggs. The male and female frogs must be conducting amplexus sex vigorously…

The Daily Bucket–The Foliage Frogs of Fall.

Some years I stop seeing my tiny backyard frogs by August.  The Spring-hatch of tadpoles have all morphed, and the older frogs have dispersed to nearby areas, beyond my vision.  This year, however,  The frogs ‘ Spring-hatch was plentiful, and I often found 5 or 10 frogs on every morning walk. Now the Summer days are…

The Daily Bucket–You Can't Hide Beautiful

Yesterday I went looking for an especially beautifully colored chorus frog that had shown up in my Lamb’s Ear. To my prolonged amusement,  this lovely frog hopped from the Lamb’s Ear into a bucket full of rotting pears, and poised to strike the fruit flies that crowd around the pears. The frog held its pose…

The Daily Bucket–The Frog Goddess

Dozens of tadpoles are morphing into tiny frogs in my backyard ponds.  This year, they are morphing busily in late August.  In prior years, they usually morphed from tadpoles into frogs around Bastille Day, July 14.   I often remember the warm summer nights near the Papio Creek in Nebraska,  sixty years ago,  the frogs and…

The Daily Bucket–Life Bursts Forth

Less than 30 days after the chorus frogs began mating on the Spring Solstice in the Frog Mitigation Area.  Hundreds of tadpoles have already hatched from their egg sacs.   Yet many egg sacs have not yet yielded their bounty.  Every back of the envelope calculation shows I may soon have over a thousand new tadpoles,…

The Daily Bucket–Frog Erotica

For many of us, the loud rapid croaking of peeper frogs fills the Spring air.  Varieties of the thumb-sizer peeper, or chorus, or tree frogs  occupy a North American range almost from the Arctic circle to the Equator. However often you’ve heard the peeper frogs, it’s unlikely that you’ve seen very many of them.  They…