Migration of the Leafalopes

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The antlered leafalope in the foreground is a male. The female (upper left) is smaller and has less intense coloring.

Not many people realize that leafalopes are ground dwellers only during their migration. In spring and summer, they’re arboreal. Like goldfinches, their color changes in autumn; during their arboreal phase, it ranges from light green through a deep purplish red.

© 2014 Anne Bingham and Making It Up as I Go

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9 Responses to Migration of the Leafalopes

  1. Rebecca Glamm says:

    So many leaves. I remember the amount of leaves we had to rake from the oak tree.

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  2. Leafalopes–love that name. You have the leaves now and can get rid of them. Our trees are still green and it won’t be until January or February that all of them finally fall and we have to clean up.

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    • Anne Bingham says:

      They left our neighborhood a few hours after I took the photo so the leafalopes are on the move. I’m not surprised it takes them two months to get to Texas, Catherine, migrating against the west wind as they must.

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  3. Vijaya says:

    Those are impressive piles … look rather like a giant puppies that fell asleep.

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  4. Anne Bingham says:

    They do look benign when they are sleeping. When they are awake, though, you want to leaf them alone.

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  5. mirkabreen says:

    Would you believe that I googled “leafalopes” because I was certain there was yet another animal species that escaped my recognition?

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