How Many Shots

Thank goodness for digital cameras! I would not be able to afford the processing of a film camera with all the shots I take.

The bee barely in view.
The butt end. A shot like this might help in ID’ing it.

Out of the multiple shots I got a front facing one. Though it turned out this was the first shot in the series. LOL And no I did not try to ID the bee except to say it was a sweat/furrow bee (Halictinae). BugGuide says “400 spp. in 10 genera of 2 tribes in our area”. That’s a lot of species!

Then the bee was gone. πŸ˜‰ Oh and the plant was False Gaura (Oenothera glaucifolia syn Stenosiphon linifolius).

Next challenge was on a wild plum (Prunus). Assuming it was a spider cocoon we carefully tried to get a peek inside. Further most cocoons are incredible tough to open. This one was no exception.
So it was a spider’s nursey as I had suspected. Several were clearly visible. In fact more were further inside.

And just like the tiny bee above, they were trying escape the monster (me).

Finally a shot of the face of the tiny spiderling. So clearly this had the characteristic eyes of a jumping spider (Salticidae)!

A few more were revealed. Most however were still protected in the dense fibers of the cocoon. Smushing the cocoon back together we wished the little spiderlings good luck!

So of course thank goodness for the digital cameras so we can document so much!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. I’ve also thought about what a great equalizer a smart phone or digital camera is. Assuming you can afford to buy one, photography is no longer an expensive hobby.

  2. I’m so glad to no longer be miserly with photos taken or having to wait for the film to be developed to know if they turned out.
    What cute little baby spiders!

    1. Plus I like the computer storage and being able to sort through the photos easily because I try hard to keep up with naming them. Much easier to search. 😊

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