The Other Stuff at the Low Water Crossing Creek

We checked out other stuff at the creek too. Nothing escaped our curiosity. LOL

If you find bruised anthers, this is an indication that pollination has occurred. No bruising was found on the anthers on this Buffalo Bur (Solanum rostratum).
A small walnut tree was loaded!
Cedar Elm leaves and algae made a nice contrasting colors on the rock.
A moss with branches spread across the rock like a spider web.
Another moss stretching its reach.
The wolf spider carried its babies in the bluish sac. I tried to ID her and came up with a tentative ID of Pardosa. So this was only one that had a blue sac. “Common Spiders of North America”, says Pardosa can be identified by the nearly perpendicular spines on the hind legs”.
Another wolf spider (Lycosidae) had a white sac. Both spiders looked similar in appearance. However I am certain like most critters the devil is in the details. The wolf spiders attach their sacs to their spinnerets at the rear. My bet it was also a Pardosa with the nearly perpendicular spines. So why the different color sacs? Of course they went shopping at different stores. LOL

Do you recall the two faced rock Jeanne pointed out yesterday, Santa Clous and the elephant? Well, before I looked at the “big picture” I saw this Megachile bee fly into one of the rock holes.

What was most interesting in fact was that it was making a home. Perhaps you can see the leaves on her right. So this might not have been the smartest place to build a home if the creek ever runs. However maybe she knows something we don’t. 😉 James says they really are not very picky in their home choices. He has even seen them build in old mud dauber nests. And thanks James for confirming my ID.

The Balloonvine (Cardiospermum halicacabum) pods are three sided. Cuties!

Furthermore the tendrils are pretty cool in my opinion!
The Balloonvine flowers are really tiny. There are four petals. Plus the four sepals have two sizes, small and large.

One more gastropod fossil! Time to head to the next destination!

Why does Earth have 4 seasons every year?

Ants, little but tough

Keep looking!

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


    1. Good question. I have only noticed the Solanum bruising. I don’t know about or some other genera that might bruise. However other genera for example the Meadow Pink (Sabatia campestris) anthers curl after it was pollinated. Something to keep our eyes out for, eh.

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