Chocolate Tube Slime

Harvestman(Eumesosoma roeweri)

Notice the red mites on its several of its legs. Mites do this to get a lift to a new place. I had read about this sometime ago so I was so excited to see this!
The difference between true spiders (Araneae – order) and Harvestmans (Opiliones – order) are that Harvestmans have the broad fusion of the two body segments, so that the body appears to be composed of a singular segment.

This one’s legs are not as long as the Daddy-longlegs species that we all know well.

Great Black Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus) on 
Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)

 Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) on Frostweed 

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis) on the ever delicious Frostweed.

 Snowy Urola (Urola nivalis) on grass. I have seen a lot of this species lately. It is less than a 1cm (3/8″)

Chocolate Tube Slime (Stemonitis splendens)! I don’t see this often but love it when I do! The little tubes (10-20mm or  1/2 – 3/4″) will sway in the breeze. This is actually a species of slime mold. I find it on dead rotten wood.

Another day of great stuff!

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  1. It worked! I have wanted to know the species on those Harvestmen since we have so many. I was calling them Daddy Short Legs.
    The slime mold would not be appreciated just with the naked eye. Your closeup is so neat! It is incredible.

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