May 20-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: May: May 20-08
Spring pond    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brita Haapala
Mosquito haven    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brenda Leigh
Fertilizing for a hatch    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brenda Leigh
Strands of eggs    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brenda Leigh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 07:34 am:

How inviting this scene from Brita Haapala is. That's a decent size pond and it seems to be inviting us to sit on the banks and daydream or find a few rocks and see how far you can toss them. There are smaller ponds all over the U.P. too, this one spotted by Brenda Leigh in the Menominee area. Looks like it could be a scene out of a movie about swamp creatures. There were a few creatures around when Brenda was exploring and she snapped their photo too. First a couple of frogs, so busy, they didn't even notice they were getting their picture taken. The bottom photo shows what they were busy doing. Those are freshly laid eggs zig-zagging all around the pond. I need to brush up on my biology classes I guess, since I can't remember if frogs eggs are fertilized before they're laid or if they are once they're in place. Can someone enlighten us?

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 07:44 am:

Oh, I do really love that 2nd shot!!! Thanks for the great pictures this morning.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 07:51 am:

Nice pictures! Luckily, frogs donít have attorneys.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 08:37 am:

Frogs mate then deposit fertilized eggs.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 08:48 am:

The photo is actually of toads and not frogs. As a child we spent many hours at the frog ponds catching frogs...however we would not pick up toads as we were always afraid of the old adage of getting warts.
During the breeding season the males have dark horny pads on their first two fingers that assist them in clasping females during breeding, a process called amplexus.
During amplexus, eggs from the female and sperm from the male are shed simultaneously into the water where fertilization occurs.

Mary says: Thanks for setting the record straight here Brenda! I never was real good at remembering there's a difference in frogs and toads, I just know they all go ribbet, ribbet! :->

By k j (Kathiscc) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 08:50 am:

I stand corrected, this is from
"When Frogs mate, the male frog tends to clasp the female underneath in an embrace called amplexus. He literally climbs on her back, reaches his arms around her "waist", either just in front of the hind legs, just behind the front legs, or even around the head. Amplexus can last several days! Usually, it occurs in the water, though some species mate on land or even in trees!
While in some cases, complicated courting behavior occurs before mating, many species of frogs are known for attempting to mate with anything that moves which isn't small enough to eat!
Spawn (egg-mass)
While in the amplexus position, the male frog fertilizes the eggs as they are laid. Frogs tend to lay eggs single eggs in masses, whereas toads usually lay eggs in long chains."
So, actually, those are toad eggs.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 09:50 am:

Interesting nature lesson. Thanks

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 09:59 am:

Charlie thanks for the history lesson. That time in 1980 was memoriable to me in several ways. I was closing up my hairstyling business for good. The big thing on TV was...who shot JR....Mt Saint Helens blew and and I was getting ready to leave on my month-long trip to Ireland! What an intersting time in my life. Thanks for the memories!:o>)

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:19 am:

Does anyone know if frogs/toads stay with the same mate year to year?

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:31 am:

I heard that they stay together until they croak.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 11:38 am:

We are exploring next weekend if the weather cooperates and will be looking for frogs, turtles and anything else. Taylor would love these pictures.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 12:01 pm:

Looks like it's time for my "wet noodle" treatment for Alex! You ought to be ashamed of yourself young man...:o>)

By k j (Kathiscc) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 12:25 pm:

I thought it was pretty funny.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 12:46 pm:

I think a trout slap might be more appropriate for that one, mostly because I didn't think of it first!! ;-)

By Mooselover (Mooselover) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 02:13 pm:

Hey, what about those mosquitoes? Anyone know of anything to repel them? And the black flies?

Something I received on the Internet suggested using fabric softener sheets. Another said that Listerine works! I will try the mouth wash this summer, using a spray bottle.

By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 03:28 pm:

So, Capt. Paul - Who would be the recipient of the "trout slap"?? Alex for saying it first? or you for not...

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 04:50 pm:

I feel bad for the trout either way...

By Snowman (Snowman) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 05:09 pm:

What did the frog order at McDonald's?
French flies and a diet Croak.

By turtle girl (Trenarytoast) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 07:24 pm:

sure would like to see some pictures of turtles....

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 08:55 pm:

todays humor award should go to alex in my opinion i remain

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 02:10 am:

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