Spiders, Insects, and Plants Oh MY!

In yesterday’s post, I concentrated on the False Foxglove. Besides looking closely at the flower, we also observed other neat stuff at this site. We found these additional things near the False Foxglove.

On an Eastern Red Cedar., the Western Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) was nestled in its web.

This snail was attached to the Greenbriar, however it was not alive. On that day, we found multiple instances of dead snails stuck on plants.

A funnel spider waits for its meal.

Can you imagine the work that goes into making its web? Moreover, the web was covered with dust from the road. Yet I wonder if that hurts its chances for catching prey.

Next, the shade loving plant Elm Leaf Goldenrod (Solidago ulmilfolia) is blooming now. It is almost always in the understory. On the other hand, the Hairy Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus) can also be found in full sun.

The Spined Assassin Bug (Sinea diadema) is in same family as the Wheel Bug! In other words, caution is advised!

So we were careful not to touch it as I tried to get a better angle.

Lastly, an aster (Symphyotrichum) supporting a Wild Trailing Bean.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


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