The Capital Journal's Marylinn Baker submitted a before and after shot of Blue Jays in May and August.
According to Birdwatchingdaily.com, there's no clear answer to why some Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays go bald each year. But the site speculated it could be an abnormal molting during the normal molting process the birds experience throughout the year.
Here's a fun fact about Blue Jays from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Blue Jay's feather pigment is melanin -- brown -- but scattering light through modified surface cells on the feather barbs make it appear blue.
We also have a photo of a butterfly on milkweed in the Poplar garden from Fee Jacobsen.
And we have a fun fact about butterflies and milkweed too. According to Livescience.com, Monarch butterflies can mate several times -- up to 16 hours at a time in some cases -- followed by the female laying eggs on milkweed plants.
The females typically lay between 300 and 500 eggs but could lay more than 1,100 eggs when in captivity. But thanks to spiders and stink bugs, only about 10 percent will survive to the larva stage.
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