Webs and use what you got

Early start to the day which is the only way to go now to beat the heat. The spiders were the stars of the first part of the hike. The dew was heavy and soon our shoes and pants were wet. Not a bad thing on a warm day.

A little bit of fog on the way to the grasslands this morning!

The Engelmann’s Daisies were thick at the gate!

The mesh weavers make such interesting webs on the Fleabane.

Spiders of all kinds were easy to spot with the heavy dew. This is an orbweaver.

The Speckled Sharpshooter (Paraulacizes irrorata) is a fairly big leafhopper at about centimeter in length. They are hard to get a photo because like many other critters they move to the opposite side of the plant.

Imagine how the mind works when you just get a glance at something out the corner of your eye. This made me think snake for just a nano-second from about four feet away and not directly over top like this view. LOL.

The dew was heavy and it was easy to walk around all the dew laden spider webs.

I thought this web looked like angel wings. πŸ˜‰

Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) with a mesh weaver web. Parts of it look like puzzle pieces to me.

I thought this web was pretty cool. It was not flat but had the wave in the web.

The walkingstick and the dew drop!

The mesh weaver and its web!

Close up the mesh weaver!

The mesh weavers were out in force!

Even the purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea) had a web!

Sometimes it would be nice to have a rope to get up a steep creek bank.

A grapevine would have to do. We had run out of a place to walk beside the creek.

Made it to the top! But thanks to the grapevine it was not a bad climb on the muddy steep bank and we didn’t have to back track!

Watch the video in the article too.

Scientists capture the inner workings of the click beetle’s explosive jumps

Keep looking!


  1. I think you and Jeanne have more fun than anyone i know. Love the spider webs. So interesting so many different kinds.

  2. What a great morning! That dangerous snake reminds me, Wes kept thinking my previous green and black garden hose was a snake and so did Paula πŸ˜‚

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