Zig zag

Last night after I posted we got .04″ more rain about 9pm. What a welcome surprise. Even more so that the grass was still wet on our morning walk. 🙂

The perennial Four-o’clock (Mirabilis) flower will only last a day. And don’t be fooled by the fused sepals that look similar to a flower after the white or pink flowers falls off. The 5-ribbed or -angled fruits are very helpful in keying to species.
There was not much left for identifying the species. However I still marveled at the beautiful wings.
An orbweaver with its prey. At this point I could not tell whether it was owlfly or an antlion.
However once the spider ran up its anchor line the long antennas were visible. So it was an owlfly. Antlions have short antennas.

Snow-on-the-prairie (Euphoria bicolor) is quite visible in the prairies now! Makes me think of the cool weather ahead! LOL The white sap can cause dermatitis. In fact, Shirley told me that the bellies of horses sometimes had reactions to it. Fortunately I have not.
The Fibonacci spiral can still be seen in the Clasping-leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis) seed head!

I sat and watched the girl for a minute or two. And was delighted to see her make her zig zag!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Some of your photos are just so awesome. Like the spirals of the coneflower. If I was in charge of the NPSOT photography contests I would have different categories like macro photography. It is a whole other world when you view nature up close.
    Cool that you got to see your argiope make her zig zag.

      1. Like stained glass. I can see it now, Mary making windows in the patterns of cicada and dragonfly wings with the veins being the leading part.

    1. I checked on her this morning and she caught a grasshopper. But the grasshopper escaped. I guess she wasn’t hungry because she didn’t wrap it up🤷🏻‍♀️

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