El Jefe: Night Crawler
The American Toad is mostly inactive during the heat of the day, prefering to rest under logs, rocks, leaflitter, or in burrows until the late afternoon. At night they emerge, to hunt. They have well developed vision and hearing, and are able to detect movements and see color. This large individual was hopping after low flying moths and large Katydids that made their way to the ground. It spent the hour that I observed it (and searched for other night time critters), along the edge of this cabin consuming anything it could catch and fit in its mouth. Tis the time to fatten up because winter is coming. I named it El jefe, spanish for the boss, because it was clearly running things aound here. FACT: Toads do not cause warts, you had those warts to begin with
Butterflies 'puddling' a dead fish
They are not carnivorous, but butterflies will feed on carcasses, for example, to get the minerals they can't get from flower nectar.
It's called "puddling" or "mud-puddling". The basic idea works like this: Butterflies get most of their diet in the form of nectar. They're pollinators. But nectar doesn't have all the nutrients and minerals butterflies need to survive, so they have to dip their probosces into some other food sources, as well. Depending on the species of butterfly, those other sources can include: Mineral-rich water in a shallow mud puddle, animal excrement, and (yes) carrion.
When butterflies puddle over a dead fish, though, they aren't biting off chunks. Instead, they're essentially licking the dead fish—going after salt and minerals that seep out of the dead animal as it decomposes. Some butterflies also like to lick the sweat off of humans. And a few species of moth have been documented sucking blood and tears from living animals, including humans. Photo: David Hockiday
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Low tide at one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen in the UK. 5.5 mile walk to get there mind with almost every type of weather on the way there and the way back, at least I didn't carry a body board there and back to not use it. Well worth the hike - possibly not with small children and all the gear that comes with them.