Recent Mayslake Animals

by Carl Strang

With spring migration over and the weather lurching toward summer, the wild menagerie at Mayslake Forest Preserve has been showing some new faces.

This buck has been hanging around for a couple weeks, and may have decided to make the preserve his summer home.

This buck has been hanging around for a couple weeks, and may have decided to make the preserve his summer home.

In most years Mayslake has hosted a summer buck group, but occasionally a doe will raise her young there.

The chickweed geometer is a recent addition to the preserve’s insect list.

The chickweed geometer is a recent addition to the preserve’s insect list.

I didn’t recognize this damselfly that was hanging out with a group of smaller eastern forktails, and was able to get a photo for identification purposes.

I didn’t recognize this damselfly that was hanging out with a group of smaller eastern forktails, and was able to get a photo for identification purposes.

It turns out to be a male orange bluet. For a time after they emerge from the water, they don’t have a speck of orange on them.

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa Rainsong said,

    June 3, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I didn’t realize the Orange Bluets are initially blue. It was enough of a stretch that young Eastern Forktail females are orange!


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