In the park this week, the snapping turtles have been laying eggs. Why they choose sites right next to the path is not clear, but it might be because the dirt is a little softer there. However, it puts their clutches in danger of being stepped upon, so the resource management team has been trying to build chicken wire and rebar around the nests to protect them.
Snapping turtle. Aggressive!
Wild four o' clock
As for last week's post, I have some corrections. The purple and white flower was actually a crown vetch, a non-native plant that I had labeled as a wild pea (it is still a pea, but it is more specifically a crown vetch). The plant the bee was feeding on was an indigo bush, not a lead plant, though they look similar but are different sizes. The flower I wasn't sure about was a nightshade, whose berries are poisonous, and whose identity was pointed out to me by my mother and grandmother via phone calls a minute apart.