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Frog hunting

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 at 1:16 pm in Amphibians, Insects, Pacific treefrogs.

Wednesday evening, at 9:45 p.m., it was still about 85 degrees in my backyard in Benicia. Yes, a hot day. Lois and I had just finished dinner and while I was clearing the table I spotted an unusual blob on the outside of one of the family room windows. As I was walking over for a closer look, the blob moved up the glass and gobbled an insect that had been attracted to the inside light. It was a treefrog.

Lois and I stood and watched the tiny amphibian (the size of a quarter) for a while as it wandered all around the outside of the window with its sticky feet, gobbling up leafhoppers, tiny moths, a mosquito and a small crane fly. Smart frog to take advantage of the lights to find its dinner.

I told Lois the frog was probably living in the cool depths of the star jasmine plant that covered one end of our back deck with its thick green leaves and lovely white flowers. One edge of the jasmine was about a foot away from the window and the frog. But when I thought about how hot it still was outside, I decided I’d better do something to contribute to the jasmine’s coolness. So I went outside, getting a mouth full of leafhoppers as I opened the sliding glass door, turned on the hose and gave the jasmine a good spray.

As I went back into the house, the now well-fed frog hopped back into the jasmine with a little splash.

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