I went to The Ledges today to get a little bit of time out in nature. The trails are wet because we have had so much rain lately, and the gnats are pretty nasty. Still, it was good to get out.
This painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, was enjoying the little sun that popped out from the clouds.
This snail was climbing on one of the trees near the pool the turtle was in. I am not sure of the species, but it looks a little like a juvenile Euchemotrema fraternum.
I bought myself a nice book for my birthday, Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America by Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, with other authors. So now my attempts to identify syrphid flies are a little less frustrating than before.
This one seems to be Toxomerus marginatus.
This one seems to be Toxomerus germinatus.
There were lots of butterflies flying, but most at The Ledges were red admirals.