Petunia sp.: Miniature Petunia

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Petunia is genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae. The popular flower of the same name derived its epithet from the French, which took the word petun, meaning “tobacco,” from a Tupi–Guarani language. An annual, most of the varieties seen in gardens are hybrids [Petunia × atkinsiana, also known as Petunia × hybrid].

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Petunia is a genus in the family Solanaceae, subfamily Petunioideae. Well known members of Solanaceae in other subfamilies include tobacco [Nicotianoideae], and the cape gooseberry, tomato, potato, deadly nightshades and chili pepper [Solanoideae].

Photos: Atlanta, GA, USA [20150920]

Source: Wikipedia

Gardenia jasminoides: Gardenia

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Gardenia jasminoides, [gardenia, cape jasmine] is an evergreen flowering plant of the family Rubiaceae. It originated in Asia and is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar and India.

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With its shiny green leaves and heavily fragrant white summer flowers, it is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates, and as a houseplant in temperate regions. It has been in cultivation in China for at least a thousand years, and was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century.

Photos: Atlanta, GA, USA [20150920]

Source: Wikipedia

Baeolophus bicolor: Tufted titmouse

The tufted titmouse [Baeolophus bicolor] is a small songbird from North America, a species in the tit and chickadee family, Paridae. The habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrubland in the eastern United States. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

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They forage actively on branches, sometimes on the ground, mainly eating insects, especially caterpillars, but also seeds, nuts and berries. They will store food for later use. They tend to be curious about their human neighbors and can sometimes be spotted on window ledges peering into the windows to watch what’s going on inside. They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern there is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it.

Photo: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150915]

Source: Wikipedia

Contopus virens: Eastern wood pewee

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The eastern wood pewee [Contopus virens] is a small tyrant flycatcher from North America. This bird and the western wood pewee [Contopus sordidulus] were formerly considered to be a single species. The two species are virtually identical in appearance, and can be distinguished most easily by their calls.

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Their breeding habitat is deciduous, mixed woods, or pine plantations in eastern North America. These birds migrate to Central America and in the Andes region of northern South America.

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They feed on insects and other arthropods. Wood pewees wait on a perch at a middle height in a tree and fly out to catch prey in flight, sometimes hovering to pick it from vegetation.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150815]

Source: Wikipedia

Argiope aurantia: Yellow garden spider

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The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, corn spider, or McKinley spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. The etymology of its name means “gilded silver-face“. Males range from 5–9 mm [0.20–0.35 in] females from 19–28 mm [0.75–1.10 in]. These spiders may bite if disturbed or harassed, but the venom is seemingly harmless to humans.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150815]

Source: Wikipedia

Haemorhous mexicanus: House finch

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The house finch [Haemorhous mexicanus] is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is found in North America, where its range has increased since the mid-twentieth century, and in the islands of Hawaii.

These birds are mainly permanent residents throughout their range; some northern and eastern birds migrate south. Their breeding habitat is urban and suburban areas in eastern North America as well as various semi-open areas in the west from southern Canada to northern Florida and the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

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Adults have a long, square-tipped brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep gray on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. In most cases, adult males’ heads, necks and shoulders are reddish. This color sometimes extends to the belly and down the back, between the wings. Male coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale straw-yellow through bright orange [both rare] to deep, intense red.

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^ Female house finch [Haemorhous mexicanus]

Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150914]

Source: Wikipedia

Poecile atricapillus: Black-capped chickadee

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The black-capped chickadee [Poecile atricapillus] is a small, nonmigratory, North American songbird that lives in deciduous and mixed forests. It is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. It is well known for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights as well as its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans [sometimes feeding from the hand]. It is almost universally considered ‘cute’ due to its oversized round head, tiny body, and apparent curiosity about everything, including humans.

Photo: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150913]

Source: Wikipedia

Icteria virens: Yellow-breasted chat

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The yellow-breasted chat [Icteria virens] is a loud songbird, widely considered the most atypical member of the New World warbler family, though the long-standing suspicion is that it does not actually belong there. Its placement is not definitely resolved. It is the only member of the genus Icteria.

Found throughout North America, from southern-plains of Canada to central Mexico during the summer, these birds mainly migrate to Mexico and Central America, although some of their number may overwinter in coastal areas. This species occurs in areas where dense shrubby growth is common.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150913]

Source: Wikipedia

Limenitis arthemis astyanax: Red-spotted purple butterfly

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Limenitis arthemis

The white admiral or red-spotted purple [Limenitis arthemis] is a polytypic species of North American brush-footed butterfly, common throughout much of the eastern United States. Limenitis arthemis astyanax has red spots on its underside and the top of the wings are notable for their iridescent blue markings. Limenitis arthemis arthemis on the other hand has a large white band traversing both the forewings and hindwings.

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The red-spotted purple is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail [Battus philenor] and is typically found in open woodlands and along forest edges.

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Four subspecies of the butterfly are known:

Limenitis arthemis arthemis – [American] white admiral

Limenitis arthemis rubrofasciata – western [American] white admiral, characterised by the absence of blue spots on its inferior wings

Limenitis arthemis astyanax – red-spotted purple or red-spotted admiral, no white bands on wings

Limenitis arthemis arizonensis – Arizona red-spotted purple, it has no white bands on wings

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150911]

Source: Wikipedia