Prosotas dubiosa lumpura: Tailless Line Blue Butterfly

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^ Tailless Line Blue Butterfly mating. They are so tiny. Both of them smaller than my friend’s tip of pointer finger.

The Tailless Lineblue [Prosotas dubiosa] is a species of blue butterfly found in Asia. It is called the Small Purple Line Blue in Australia.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160306]

Source: Wikipedia

Bidens pilosa: Beggar-tick

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Bidens pilosa is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is native to the Americas but it is known widely as an introduced species of other regions, including Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Its many common names include black-jack, beggar-ticks, cobbler’s pegs, and Spanish needle.

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Bidens means two- toothed, describing the two projections found at the top of the seeds. A weed of gardens, woodlands, and waste areas, a person who brushes against it will end up covered in the burs and need to pick them off one by one.

The plant may flower at any time of the year, but in temperate regions it blooms mainly in summer and autumn. Flowers are borne in small heads on relatively long peduncles. The heads bear about four or five broad white ray florets, surrounding many tubular yellow disc florets.

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^ Danaus chrysippus chrysippus [Plain Tiger butterfly]

Bidens pilosa flowers are nectar source for butterflies and honey-bees.

Photos: Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital garden, Yishun, Singapore [201660218]

Source: Wikipedia

Vanessa cardui: Painted lady butterfly

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Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the painted lady, or in North America as the cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.

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Vanessa cardui is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica and South America.

Photos: Brevard, NC, USA [20151009]

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

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

Passer domesticus: House sparrow

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The house sparrow [Passer domesticus] is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae, found in most parts of the world. A small bird, it has a typical length of 16 centimetres [6.3 inches] and a mass of 24–39.5 grams [.85–1.39 ounces]. Females and young birds are coloured pale brown and grey, and males have brighter black, white, and brown markings.

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^ Female house sparrow [Passer domesticus]

The house sparrow is strongly associated with human habitations, and can live in urban or rural settings. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. It feeds mostly on the seeds of grains and weeds, but it is an opportunistic eater and commonly eats insects and many other foods. Its predators include domestic cats, hawks, owls, and many other predatory birds and mammals.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150909]

Source: Wikipedia