I’m not sure of the spider terminology involved in this web.
A spider constructed a rolled or curved-leaf web. It looked to be a two-room nest. You can see the end of its abdomen in the lower part of the left slit. It looked to be either a two-room nest or a hall-like structure.
The backside had a completely different appearance, with no escape possible.
I think it got tired of me and went lower in the web to hide in this last picture.
A double-ringed pennant (Celithemis verna) didn’t mind my attention this morning and posed for a few pictures. This is a male; the females have a yellowish thorax and a little yellow on base of their abdomen.
Insect numbers have increased lately.
I’m not sure what a short-horned grasshopper found interesting on the sedum.
If you look close on the right of the two front petals, you’ll find a small plant hopper.
Apparently something tried to capture this pearl crescent butterfly.
A slug slowly made its way around to the back side of the leaf.
The dragonfly sure didn’t pick an attractive perch.
The crab spider looked like part of the leaf from a distance.
I couldn’t see through the silk to see if there was either an egg mass or larvae on the white dogwood leaf.
The spider that spun the nest is to the left partly under the long strands of silk.
A hanging insect — in this case a skipper — can mean either a crap spider or ambush bug. From what little that shows, it has to be an ambush bug.
A moth waiting patiently for the night.
A surprise greeted me when I walked by the butterfly garden — the flower-of-the-hours had decided to have a second bloom.
The bug’s pink didn’t quite match.
The flowers all closed by noon.
Trumpet creeper vines grow to 30 feet tall.
Its last flower grows to 3 inches long,
and is a favorite food source for hummingbirds and bumblebees.
The pods grow from three to six inches long, with the wind dispersing their flat seeds.
A plant hopper posed for a picture.
Shock of all shocks … making a loop of the backyard, taking pictures. This Illinois River Cruiser dragonfly landed and just “hung” there. I started taking pictures as I slowly moved closer. It cooperated!
Illinois river Cruisers (Macromia illinoiensis) measure 2.8 inches long. There’s a southern and a northern form of the river cruiser. Together, their range covers most the eastern half of the country.
I’ve been redesigning my reflexology stone path recently, and have spent a lot of time sitting near the catalpa tree in my special place.
During all this, I noticed ants on two exposed roots, and going up and down the tree.
Why? What’s up there for the ants?
I started to remove the seeds from a pod so I could remove the papery covering down to the actual seed. A silky web covered what I thought at first was an egg mass.
Cropping showed they were larval cocoons. They’re like eggs only much larger.
I have a new book: Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates by Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney.
The larval cocoons were gone the next morning. I wasn’t sure, but it looked like a predator found them.
The small form on the left looked like a larva.
At least I solved the mystery of why the ants hurried up and down the catalpa tree.