Cross Orb Spider

Rain is a wonderous thing. Many days of smoke saturated skies slowly began being refreshed as droplets scoured away wildfire-created carbon. Soot, dust, and stink were washed from the air, and Nature slowly started to get back into her routines. In the garden, a Cross Orb Spider's quest to capture food was revealed by droplets... Continue Reading →

Future | Bumble Bees, Please!

Bumble Bees are excellent pollinators, and they add a fascinating dimension of beauty to our landscapes. The hairs on their bodies have forked tips which helps with the gathering and transporting of pollen. Bumble Bees include some species with long tongues and others with short tongues. This means they can forage on flowers with both... Continue Reading →

Backyard Pollinators

August 2018... In flight, I thought this was the largest bumble bee I'd ever seen. However, when "they" landed in the garden, what a surprise. Mating Yellow-faced Bumble Bees. The Yellow-faced or Bombus vosnesenskii is native to the West Coast of North America from British Columbia to Baja California. Red salvia has been a popular attraction... Continue Reading →

Dense | Hair

The Wooly Bear certainly must have more hairs on its body than any other caterpillar. I wonder if having such dense hair allows this species to have an acute sense of touch? Caterpillars sense touch through tiny hairs (setae) that are all over the caterpillar's body. These tactile hairs grow through holes in the pinaculum(dark, flattened... Continue Reading →

Shadow | Hydrophilic?

Gerridae  | If water striders have the unique ability to walk on water because hydrophobic microhairs cover this insect's body to repel water... Could that mean their shadows are hydrophilic- wetted to mix with water as they follow along below the water's surface?

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