As the wildflowers slow to a trickle, I’ve had to find something new to be fascinated by and take photos of. Lately it’s been insects and arachnids.
There are a lot of these small but beautifully-patterned spiders on webs along the trails at the moment; after poking around through some photos online I’m fairly sure they’re something in the genus Leucauge, perhaps what’s called an orchard spider.
I posted recently about the fun I had identifying golden-backed snipe flies online, and I finally managed to get a decent photo of one.
Harvestmen, aka daddy longlegs, are everywhere right now. My last group of kids for school camp was roughly divided between those who were so terrified of daddy longlegs they wouldn’t sit down on grass, and those who were so fascinated by them they had to pick up every single on they saw and let it crawl around on them. Sigh. (Interestingly, for the most point it was the boys who were scared of them and the girls who picked them up!) I also had numerous kids tell me about how these are the most poisonous animals in the world but have mouths too small for them to bite humans. Somehow this myth keeps getting perpetuated. It’s absolutely not true; harvestmen don’t have any venom glands at all.