Montana Outdoors

August 4, 2017

Keeping cool…

Filed under: Wildflowers — montucky @ 7:42 pm

When I was taking a picture of Buster “cooling his heels” in the stream

Buster

I noticed an unusual scene:

Water Daisy

When was the last time you saw a water skipper on a daisy?

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  1. Even the water skippers want their veggies on a hot day. Buster reminds me of Ruby – only getting his feet wet.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 4, 2017 @ 7:44 pm

  2. …………………..as me……………..!!!!!!!!!! Thanks and nice.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — August 4, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

  3. Maybe the water skipper was ‘having a cool wash’ on the daisy’s water droplets OR maybe its got heatstroke and waiting for the cool of night to revive it? 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — August 4, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    • I think the skippers have the best possible chance of staying cool on a stream like that. They must have great summers there with plenty of shade and cold water.

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      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

  4. I’ve never seen a water skipper out of the water. They’re the coolest bugs — but yours is especially cool, in every sense of the word. Buster makes me smile every time I see him. It cracks me up that his tongue is the same color as his tags in this photo.

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    Comment by shoreacres — August 4, 2017 @ 9:26 pm

    • That skipper was like a boat that was pulled up on the beach. I don’t know how it came about, but that daisy was growing right in the water like a water lily.
      Buster has turned out to be a marvelous dog and has earned my respect in so many ways. We are a partnership.

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      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

  5. That’s one happy dawg 🙂 . Could this be a fishing spider? Here’s a link to some neat stuff about them … http://infinitespider.com/introduction-fishing-spiders/

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    Comment by Sally — August 4, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

    • Those are really cool spiders! Thanks for the link! I think this one is a Water Strider, AKA water skipper, in the family “Gerridae”.

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      Comment by montucky — August 5, 2017 @ 8:38 am

      • Thanks for the note about the Gerridae, Terry — our water striders are fun to watch skating across the surface. (No ice required.) I was surprised to read that they can’t detect motion above or below the surface, a good reason to keep moving! As for leg count, Gerridae have 6 legs (they’re insects) but the first pair are quite short with claws to puncture prey (ouch). Spiders have 8. 🙂

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        Comment by Sally — August 6, 2017 @ 8:42 am

  6. Beautiful picture, nice skipper and happy dog 🙂

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    Comment by Adela Teban — August 5, 2017 @ 11:24 am

  7. Buster looks very happy .. lovely pics

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — August 5, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on a daisy or any other plant. Buster looks like a happy dog!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 5, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

    • This daisy, by whatever happenstance, was growing with its blossom right on top of the stream water.

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      Comment by montucky — August 5, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

  9. That’s a first!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — August 7, 2017 @ 10:37 pm

  10. Buster is so cute and it looks like he had a nice, refreshing drink, too. He’s living the good life.

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    Comment by Candace — August 8, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    • He is in his element! He loves the hikes as much as I do and has become a perfect companion.

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      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2017 @ 9:32 pm


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