Posts Tagged ‘honeysuckle’

Original Magnifying Glass


A light rain fell earlier today. Buffy and I were walking a loop around the yard when I found this line of drops on a honeysuckle leaf.

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Closer observation showed how the drops magnified the leaf’s vein underneath them.

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So, maybe the magnifying glass was developed from someone noticing water drops on an object.


Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry clearwings (Hemaris diffinis) are actually a day-flying moth.

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This one must have emerged this morning. It moved a little, but didn’t try to fly while I took pictures.

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They resemble bumblebees and hover as they feed. Bumble bees land to feed, often crawling up in tube flowers.

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I’ve found their caterpillars on a red honeysuckle near my garden three years ago. They also lay eggs on snowberry (Symphoricarpos), dogbane (Apocynum), and honeysuckle (Lonicera).

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Their hornworm caterpillars are well camouflaged when they’re on leaves.

An Unidentified Insect


I’m not sure of the identity of this insect that landed on the red honeysuckle.

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If I had to make a guess, I’d say, “crane fly.”

After yesterday’s storms, I wasn’t expecting to see many insects.

After the Fog Rises

A recent heavy fog didn’t start lifting until 8:30 or so.


For some reason I decided to make a loop around the yard.


Dew-covered webs were scattered around the yard. They varied in size more than the picture shows.

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A sheet web hung/laid in a honeysuckle tangle.

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The spider stayed in the leafy tangle above, waiting to pounce when something got caught in the web.

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The maker of bowl-shaped web didn’t show itself.


The weaver of this one didn’t either.


I wondered if the spider in the mouth of this funnel-shaped web knew it was in plain sight?


Another funnel web at ground level.


So many of these small webs were scattered all over in the yard. I photographed many of them, thinking the tiny red things were prey. They were so tiny. Finally I got a good enough look at one to realize it was a spider.


This web is similar to the one above. The picture was taken from a different angle.


This web won the prize for the prettiest with the pink smartweed flowers below.


The black in the hole is the spider.


The resident of this large orb web didn’t show itself.

Robin Nest

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A tangle of honeysuckle vines concealed the robin nest.

Dragonfly Whisperer?

Almost all the dragonflies I’ve see this spring were the ones that insisted on flying all the time.

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Then this morning, there hung a dragonfly in a honeysuckle tangle in our backyard. I started taking pictures, moving closer with each one. It did not move. I thought it might be dead, especially with me getting so close.

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My to-be last picture was too close, and it left before I could take the picture.

It made me wonder if I might (for this short time) be a dragonfly whisperer. They usually aren’t tolerant of people

I’m not positive, but I think it was a female prince baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca princeps). The males have blue eyes. They measure 5-8cm.

Bush Honeysuckle

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Bush honeysuckle grows in the shrub border around our backyard (along with a lot of other things).

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It’s attractive and is much better behaved than honeysuckle vines.

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 It also blocks the view of our new neighbors, who moved a prefab house in behind us this spring.