09.03.2021 Frog Friday Frog Fun

When I visited MacLeod Field on this past Sunday I had insects on the mind and as you saw had an enjoyable time chasing the Silver-bordered Fritillary. But prior to that I was chasing a small moth when I saw the leaves move to my left and upon looking closely noticed this near the ground.

Although green, this is a Gray Treefrog-Dryophytes versicolor formerly Hyla versicolor.  It has several other common names such as  eastern gray treefrog, northern gray treefrog, common gray treefrog, or tetraploid gray treefrog.  The last name is used to differentiate it from Cope’s Gray Treefrog which is almost identical in every way but a more southern species. Only their genes tell them apart but since we are in the north it is more than likely not Cope’s.

As with the fritillary, I had to chase this little frog around a bit but that afforded some other more intimate views.

I wanted a front portrait and carefully sidled around to this angle.

So patient and accommodating.  Most of the small frogs I encounter are quite jumpy and usually disappear after a moment or two.  But this one stayed where I could make more images and I got this final look which, if you click and look closely, has a familiar figure in his eye.

They are called gray treefrogs because the mature frog is no longer green, becoming gray and earning the moniker.

This was the highlight, even more than the butterfly, of my Sunday shoot and it was hard to not share until today. Frog Monday just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  🙂




About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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32 Responses to 09.03.2021 Frog Friday Frog Fun

  1. krikitarts says:

    What a terrific opportunity, and such great cooperation from your new pal. I love it when they take us with a proverbial grain of salt and realize that we are no threat. l have had many memorable encounters with tree frogs at the MN cabin, and I’ve missed them. Here’s to frog Friday!

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    • Thanks, Gary. I was very happy to be able to offer up a different species for a change. Not that bullfrogs are undeserving but after a while…
      I hear them often along with the peepers out back but seeing one doesn’t happen often enough.

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  2. picpholio says:

    Beautiful, I go for the second shot 🙂

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  3. Great shots of a shy guy, very appealing little fellow!

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  4. susurrus says:

    You’ve got the eye perfectly but I was fascinated by those clever feet.

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  5. Very nice Frog Friday images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!


  6. You did get some really great shots. I love those little frogs and I find that the frogs here are usually sleepy during the day and easier to photograph.

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    What a cute little frog you captured, Steve!

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    What a cutie! Marvelous captures, Steve, including the frog-eye selfie. 🙂

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  9. Littlesundog says:

    What a spectacular start to Labor Day weekend! This is a cutie for sure… I think this might be the prince of them all!!

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  10. shoreacres says:

    He is a cute little guy. My favorite view’s the third – your image in his eye is neat, but I like the darker eye.

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    • I think the third is my favorite also and what I had hoped for once I started shooting my way around him, although I do like the added frog’s “personality” in the last. I wasn’t aware of my reflection until processing.

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  11. Tina says:

    Glad you were in a chasing mood, as this set of photos was cheering to me! I think the frog is just so damn cute!

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    • Glad that these brought some cheer, Tina. I am always willing to chase a worthy subject although do appreciate the shorter distance such small subjects require. These tiny ones are cute for sure.


  12. Todd Henson says:

    Fantastic! Great find, and great job working the patient little subject. I love the different perspectives you’ve created, and especially those last 3. I was mowing my lawn today and saw movement on my small tree. Looking close there was a little treefrog climbing the bark to keep away from the mower. It made it up to one of the branches and was just hanging out, watching me mow. 🙂

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  13. Nice series, Steve, with all those angles and the story. I love their feet, so flexible, and your last image with froggy grasping the leaf edge is neat.

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  14. Is that another selfie in the last picture’s eye?


  15. Such a sweet little frog, and a lovely portrait!

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