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Weekly Puzzler #140: Ridged-Rectangle

Happy December!!

As I mentioned in the last puzzler, this is your LAST CHANCE to be entered in the quarterly drawing. If you want to qualify, use the comment box below to add your guess.

What is this in the photo below?

pu-5561If you can identify it, your name will be entered in the drawing and you could win my holiday DVD (If you happen to already own this, I will choose something else!)

You can see the size of this… it is yellow and black and feels a bit like plastic, though it is not plastic. It is natural and from something that can be found in the eastern United States. This is only a PART of the whole–like a porcupine quill is part of a porcupine.

Hint: What if I said that that 26 states have designated a state __?___ and that two of them have chosen the animal this represents?

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Have a wonderful day. I will see you again soon.

 

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Weekly Puzzler #111: Nature’s Needles

Happy Saturday! Birds are singing, trees are newly dressed in fresh green leaves, butterflies are flitting by… it’s a great day! What will you do today to make it special?

Check out this picture…Wowsers, those look sharp!owl-7614

Know what those three things are in my hand? It’s this week’s puzzler! What are these?  If you know–or if you want to guess–please do–simple use the comment box below the puzzler! If you are correct you have a chance to be entered in the next drawing, to be held on the first day of summer. Good luck. And have a fabulous day! See you again soon.

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Weekly Puzzler #80

As you may have read me mention a time or two, I live in the middle of the woods, with a pond and small stream on the property. We see and hear all kinds of different animals here. One afternoon recently my husband called me to the front porch to listen to a new sound he had been hearing. He described it as a long fart but when I listened, I thought a long snore was more accurate. See what you think…

Have you ever heard this sound? Do you know what animal is making it? Is it a bird, an insect, an amphibian or a mammal? Check back next Saturday to learn who is making this sound!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #63

Butterflies are attracted to perspiration.

Butterflies are attracted to perspiration.

When I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, there were times when I had a handful of moths or butterflies hovering around me, especially on really hot days. They would flit above my legs, touching them lightly, over and over again, as if kissing them. Often they would land, moving along slowly, their proboscis and wings feathering lightly against me. Have you ever had this happen to you? Why do they do this? The same reason they congregate at puddles, animal scat or urine on the forest floor–to get salt and valuable amino acids. The sweat on my skin made me highly attractive to these 6 legged creatures!

pud-7060202When butterflies or moths gather like this, it’s called puddling. (see a video of this HERE) It’s usually the males who are more attracted to these places for they incorporate these sodiums into their sperm, which are then passed along to the female. Sometimes you will see a bunch gathered on the ground, but see no visible signs of animal scat; it’s a pretty good bet that this was where some animal urinated. If it’s in the sun, it’s hard to resist.

Next time you see a bunch of butterflies hovering together on the ground, you’ll know why. If you’re a photographer, it’s a great way to get some close-up shots.

Check out the next puzzler or, read about one of our more common butterflies–the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. pud-8962

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Weekly Puzzler Answer #62

cardinal-2860If you said it’s a Northern CARDINAL song, you are correct! Isn’t it lovely? They are often the first up in the mornings and the last to sing before the day ends. Next time you hear one, you’ll know who’s making it!

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Weekly Puzzler #62

Are you up for one more Animal Sounds Puzzler? Who is making this lovely sound? Check back next Saturday to learn the answer!

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Weekly Puzzler #60

Let’s stay on the theme of animal sounds. Do you know who is making this sound? Check back next weekend to learn the answer.

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