Posts Tagged ‘honeysuckle’

Original Magnifying Glass

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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The weaver of this one didn’t either.

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

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Another funnel web at ground level.

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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.

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

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

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The black in the hole is the spider.

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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.