Archive for October, 2015

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders have eight eyes and eight legs like other spiders do.  The two center eyes are particularly large.

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 Their size ranges from 1 to 22 millimeters long. And they can move! This one didn’t want its picture taken.

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They inject their victims with venom.

… I think they’re so cute! This one looks like royalty with the way it’s “dressed.”

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Backyard Perch

The pair of groundhogs raised a family of four under our barn. I’m not seeing all of them now, so I’m wondering if the young ones have dispersed?

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This was the first time I’ve seen a groundhog on the

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“platform” the red foxes used regularly when they lived under the barn late last winter.

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The groundhogs raised four this summer.

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The vixen and four kits usually stayed outside and near the barn; the male hunted for food.

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Buffy took a dim view of any others living in her territory!

It will be interesting to see who lives where next year.

Saffron Crocus

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I planted saffron crocus bulbs in my butterfly garden years ago. The patch grew thicker and thicker. The number of flowers varied every year.

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The long red stigmas are the saffron part of the flower. I used tweezers to harvest them.

My daughter-in-law really likes to cook so I gave her bulbs one year for Christmas.

I now have three in bloom and several that aren’t.

Afternoon Clouds!

Recent weather patterns created dramatic clouds …

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deciding which way to blow.

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leaving a trail to follow.

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a bird taking flight.

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 framing a waxing moon.

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   modified flying carpets.

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following the sun.

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the cloud’s spreading tail.

Goldenrod Blotch Mine?

Identification of this find was over my head. I couldn’t find it online or in any of my resource books.

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What I know for sure:

I took these pictures in early October last year.

The plant was a goldenrod.

The “spot” was insect related and measured roughly 3/8-inch in diameter.

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Of course, the goldenrod plant dried … maybe the insect emerged before the cold arrived.

I’ve called it a blotch mine and have seen similar pictures.

 I don’t need a name  to enjoy the find … it didn’t know its name either.

Uncooperative Caterpillar

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This caterpillar wouldn’t stop and rest so I could take its picture.

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It knew where it was going and was determined to go there.

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With it under a hackberry tree, I knew it was a caterpillar for either a hackberry or tawny emperor butterfly.

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After a considerable time of research, I’m almost certain it was a tawny emperor caterpillar.

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A tawny emperor butterfly

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 nectaring on a white coneflower.

Cloud Humor

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“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”