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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Froggie Fall?

This little frog was clinging to the netting on our big 10 X 20 awning. I think there must be many flies and bugs to fill him up, and then some, because there is always a very large garter snake close by too. He probably enjoys a few big slugs in between snacks of bugs and frogs.
Here are the Queen Elizabeth roses ( see those two pathetic pink blooms?) that I need to prune back but restrain myself because they are home to.....
...these frogs! Click onto this picture and it will enlarge and show you two little green frogs clinging to each other and this rose.
Here is another picture of the three frogs...I wrote an earlier post showing these three frogs clinging to one rose. That rose dropped its' bottom petal leaving only 2 frogs clinging to it, but they all seem to stay together, even if it means they dwell on neighboring roses. I have been checking these frogs on and off for several days and they are always there on the bush, close together. Amazing! To think they live on a rose, a bloom that is so temporary...and yet , as I observe the bush, the blooms seem to attract bees, flies, spiders, and frogs. So apparently there is a whole 'nother world here and the food chain in action is demonstrated by the hour....wonder where the little frogs will be living tomorrow?
There are always many frogs here on Cedar Pond, but this year there seem to be so many more. It seems we are heading into a Froggy Fall, wonder what that says about the coming Autumn and Winter?

13 comments:

Jennifer said...

How neat, I love frogs and I love that picture of them on the flower. I see a lot more toads around here than frogs but we do get them on our screen door occasionally.

Mildred said...

Morning Kathy, These are great pictures of the frogs on the roses. We've seen quite a few this year too! Magic has already caught one field mouse and a small snake - earning his keep! Hope you have a wonderful day dear friend.

Deanna said...

The way the trees are changing early here in Kansas may be a strong indication that Autumn can't wait. Ouch, I wish we'd have a long and pleasant Indian Summer. Hope hope.
Blessings toy ou,
d

Susie said...

Those little frogs are so cute. Yesterday at work I found the tiniest little lizard. He too was so cute.

Vickie said...

Hi Kathy - we have those same little bitty frogs that stick to our house - especially the front porch. When the light is on at night, they congregate around it and grab the moths and bugs as they come by. Only thing is, they leave little doodles on the front porch! I could do without those!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Love the picture of the frogs tucked snugly in the rose, Kathy! That is too sweet!
We have an abundance of frogs this year, too... maybe the rainy, cooler weather we've had this year has something to do with it?

Nancy M. said...

You do have a lot of frogs, and pretty ones too! Since we moved to the country, I've seen a lot of frogs around our house too. But, they could be toads, I don't know.

Jo said...

I think it's a good sign that you have so many frogs. In the past few years, frogs populations throughout the world have been declining. Now we know -- they're all at Kathy's place. *heh*

A. Joy said...

I think a froggy fall predicts a warty winter. Orrrrrr, maybe less flies next summer???

noble pig said...

I heard a frog outside today and went looking, couldn't find him.

KathyB. said...

Jennifer, we have toads too,and even though we always have little green frogs, this year they are abundant.

Mildred, Magic sounds like Miss Marple, and you're right, they definitely earn their keep when they are good at killing vermin. Does Magic eat his kills? Miss Marple does.....( except for shrews)

Deanna, I am hoping Autumn weather lingers awhile before winter sets in. I am wondering if so many frogs indicate a rough winter....

Susie, how tiny? These little frogs are not even an inch long. I found one that was so teeny it was barely the size of my fingernail, yet so perfect in form.

Vickie, they are definitely earning their keep if they have staked out the porch light and capture bugs it attracts. I had not thought about "doodles" so I looked at our outer white window sill where at least 3 frogs perch and sure enough, LITTLE DOODLES!

Farm Chick Paula, I hope that is the reason there are so many and not dire weather conditions. Yes, I like your theory!

Nancy, it would be a great home school project to have your sons identify your toads / frogs and write a little science report about them. Have them take pictures and post it on your blog!

Jo, funny you should mention that, as just this afternoon I watched a PBS Nature show dedicated to the topic of declining frog populations everywhere...and I was thinking the very thing you wrote...they're all at my place!

Warty winter? I sure hope not, but most definitely less flies..now if only they would eat the yellow jackets!

Noble Pig...have one of the hooligans look for them. Little boys and frogs just seem to find each other.

Mary said...

I love that picture. You have a remarkable eye.

Daisy said...

Kathy, I love the photos of the frogs living in the rose. Who would have thought they would do that? HA! Loved it!