Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Wonders Never Cease

 Common Milkweed

Four common milkweed plants grow beside the back garage (which will be torn down this summer).

A few insects visit the flowers,

and a white crab spider hides on the underneath side of one of the leaves. The spider can change colors to match the color of the flower it’s on.

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A Morning Surprise … a Big Surprise!

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   I recently started going for mornings walks around our backyard about 7 a.m. to look for spider webs.

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   Then Sunday morning (October 3) I woke to a dense fog. It didn’t take me long to get outside with my camera. I couldn’t see the back of the yard from the house. We have two acres.

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Obviously, there were the “common-shaped” webs. I found ones in all sizes, from the small  ones to ones from three feet in diameter.

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Some weren’t completely finished. This one looked like it came apart near the center.

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This web was in the magnolia tree. It looks like a tangled “mess” that would capture prey.

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How can this web hold its shape with all the multi-sized drops lining every strand?

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I wonder how long silk will remain from the web.

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I saw a few webs like this one up to three feet tall.

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This web is designed to capture insects that enter the separated area.

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I wondered if this web was completed or if it was what remained.

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The hackberry tree above appeared practically covered with webs, especially at the top.

These are only a few of the 240 pictures I took that morning!

What I don’t understand now is, “where did all the spiders go?” Where had all the spiders been before this web-a-thon?  I only found three webs the next morning and one this morning.

No Name Dragonfly

For some reason, I find dragonflies that I’m unable to identify.

I still enjoy them immensely.

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This one liked the exposed perch of the copper trellis.

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The wing veins look so delicate and intricate … and downright fascinating.

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The dragonfly and damselfly numbers are low this summer. At least I can see a few daily, not like the butterflies … I haven’t seen one in the last few weeks.

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It would fly out to capture tiny flying insects.

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This angle shows all the details of its body except the dark tips of its wings.

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This picture shows a lot of details of its anatomy. Interesting. I couldn’t find out what the parts are that I see in its head.

 

 

Moth Mullein

This is my last groundhog blog. They moved out sometime yesterday afternoon. There’s two of the few pictures I took of them yesterday morning at the end of this blog.

I’ve been taking ground hog pictures several times a day, since the first of May.

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During this time there’s been a plant in my line vision that was often between me and the groundhogs. I thought it was a moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria), but wasn’t sure. Two of them grow beside the moon garden, the only two in the yard.

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They have finally started blooming.

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The flowers are absolutely beautiful inside, with so many colors to attract the insects.

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They have such a tall inflorescence, that they will bloom for a while. Luckily, the groundhogs don’t show any interest in them.

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I was working on this blog, looked out the window and there was a young groundhog.

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It went back under the barn, and one of the adults came partially out, probably  to see of I was still around.


Both of these pictures were taken at noon yestererday.

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As you can tell, they were growing like “kids” do.

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And they liked to play.

They will be missed.

Butterflyweed

I don’t feel right not posting a blog about the butterflyweed  (Asclepias tuberosa) in my garden, even if it is past bloom.

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These pictures were taken between June 19 and July 6.

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Butterfly numbers have been much lower this summer.

 

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The butterflyweed would normally be a hub of activity.

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A large milkweed bug or two stayed among the flowers.

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The caterpillar numbers remained low too.

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Predators were present too.

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The hornet apparently found plenty of small insects to feed on.

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The butterflyweed was reduced to this by July 6.

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.

Crab Spider

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Crab spiders come in different sizes, with females being the largest.

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The angle of the sunlight made this one easy to spot.

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Shadows later made it much less conspicuous.