Posts Tagged ‘tree bark’

Stem Flow

Stem Flow

We’ve had on and off rain recently.

Chemicals from the pine bark form a white flux when it rains.

It only flows from near the base of our only pine tree,

and can easily be seen from a distance.

 The foam gradually slides down the bark of the pine tree and evaporates on the way down.

 It will dry rather quickly after the rain stops, and the sun comes out.

 

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Grass Spiders

October 2, 2015

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 For some reason, it surprised me to find grass spider webs this late in the season.

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I couldn’t find the entry tunnel for this one.

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I couldn’t see the spider until

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it came to the mouth of the tunnel.

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Their eggs overwinter in an egg sac, which is usually outside the web, sometimes under the bark of a nearby tree. The spiderlings disperse in the spring and build small webs apart from each other.

They are a quick-running spider and depend on speed to catch their prey.

I was also intrigued with the reflections on the dense dew drop covering the webs.