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Today we have two sets of photos showing aggressive behavior. The first is from reader Dick Kleinknecht of Washington State. His notes:
We have an acre or so meadow just below our house (near Seattle, Washington) that often provides entertainment from wildlife: lots of deer, some elk, rare bear, occasional coyote, … etc. I saw something weird the other day and took some photos. A coyote [Canis latrans] was “strafing” a doe. That is, making running passes by her, never closer than about 15-20 feet. Then the coyote would run around the meadow before making another pass. The critter sometimes stopped near the doe, as if teasing her, or trying to entice her into action. A few times she started toward the coyote, who then took off.
The doe had two ~7 month old twins she left at the edge of the meadow and they just watched from a distance.
I have no idea what was going on, as the coyote was no match for even the young deer, and I saw nothing I would interpret as aggressive behavior on its part. Most unusual! Any idea about what was happening?
Readers are invited to weigh in here, including identifying the deer.
Here are a couple altercations in my central Minnesota backyard this past summer. I have several patches of native perennials growing and they attract a lot of pollinators.This Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) feeding at purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is about to get the bum’s rush from the carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.). I saw this behavior a lot over the summer, with carpenter bees chasing off conspecifics (2nd & 3rd photos), bumblebees, and anyone else landing on “their” coneflowers. The carpenter bee would hover a few inches away and then dart in and ram the intruder.
The other two photos show one bee on the coneflower with abdomen raised. The aggressor arrived and hovered about 6” away, slowly orbited the flower and then dove in. I wish the bee-tussle shot wasn’t motion-blurred but it happened that fast.