This year my backyard and garden have been inundated by tiny Pacific tree frogs, Pseudacris regilla. I have found them on the side of my house, on leaves, flowers, tomatoes, or anywhere else they can sit and bask in the sun. This one was happy to share its perch on a dahlia with a honey bee. Frogs eat small invertebrates, so perhaps the influx of frogs is responsible for the paucity of small bees this year. But as you can see, these frogs are not much bigger than a honey bee and it seems they don’t consider each other a threat.
The voice-over specialists
Their skin color can vary from green to tan, and they usually have a black stripe running through each eye. They make an awesome sound that is very loud for their size. According to the Audubon Society, these are the frogs that are used in the movies when authentic (or creepy) nighttime sounds are needed. Plus, I just learned that this frog is the state amphibian of Washington. Till now, I didn’t know we had a state amphibian.