Living in a Forest


This is a place where I post pictures of cool stuff I find living in a forest in Central Virginia

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia dorsal view.

Is this spider dangerous to humans and/or pets?

All spiders are venomous, so in theory they can bite a person or a pet if molested enough. But their venom isn’t dangerous enough to kill unless you have an allergy. In fact they are so massively helpful! They are insectivores that help us by killing mosquitoes that carry diseases, and moths whose caterpillars destroy crops. They are large and scary. But this spider here, she was just as sweet as could be. She didn’t mind me bothering her to take pictures at least :D

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia dorsal view.

Is this spider dangerous to humans and/or pets?

All spiders are venomous, so in theory they can bite a person or a pet if molested enough. But their venom isn’t dangerous enough to kill unless you have an allergy. In fact they are so massively helpful! They are insectivores that help us by killing mosquitoes that carry diseases, and moths whose caterpillars destroy crops. They are large and scary. But this spider here, she was just as sweet as could be. She didn’t mind me bothering her to take pictures at least :D

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Jewelweed

Jewelweed

Creek downstream from the spillway

Creek downstream from the spillway

Spillway

Spillway

This was a wedding that took place at the lake. It was so pretty I needed to take a picture of them taking pictures!

This was a wedding that took place at the lake. It was so pretty I needed to take a picture of them taking pictures!

Spider

Spider

Sparassis crispa Cauliflower Fungus. While it is called “cauliflower fungus” to me it looks more like egg noodles. This was about a foot wide and I saw it when I was on a hike at the park. This picture was taken the day after a hard rain which is the best time to look for cool mushrooms

Sparassis crispa Cauliflower Fungus. While it is called “cauliflower fungus” to me it looks more like egg noodles. This was about a foot wide and I saw it when I was on a hike at the park. This picture was taken the day after a hard rain which is the best time to look for cool mushrooms

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia ventral view.

Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia ventral view.

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia dorsal view.

Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia dorsal view.

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This is the most beautiful spot. I wish I could have sat here all day

This is the most beautiful spot. I wish I could have sat here all day

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Red and Black Mason Wasp Pachodynerus erynnis They are great pollinators, this one was found next to the butterfly bush in front of the office. They are called mason wasps or potter wasps because the makes nests in the mortar between bricks in a building and they also make nests that look like clay pots hence the name potter wasp. As larvae they eat caterpillars that might be harmful to gardens so that is another benefit. They have beautiful purple wings which is what drew me to investigate this guy. They are solitary, not living in colonies and they are less aggressive than other vespids

Red and Black Mason Wasp Pachodynerus erynnis They are great pollinators, this one was found next to the butterfly bush in front of the office. They are called mason wasps or potter wasps because the makes nests in the mortar between bricks in a building and they also make nests that look like clay pots hence the name potter wasp. As larvae they eat caterpillars that might be harmful to gardens so that is another benefit. They have beautiful purple wings which is what drew me to investigate this guy. They are solitary, not living in colonies and they are less aggressive than other vespids

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Giant Leopard Moth Hypercompe scribonia These guys are so pretty. I found this on the wall of the office. It is so named because of the spots which are supposed to resemble leopard’s spots. It is in the family Arctiidae

Giant Leopard Moth Hypercompe scribonia These guys are so pretty. I found this on the wall of the office. It is so named because of the spots which are supposed to resemble leopard’s spots. It is in the family Arctiidae

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These are some shots I took today around the park. These are spots in the park near where Geocaches are, but I didn’t give enough clues to find exactly where they are!

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Narrow-leaved Lady’s Tress Orchids. I thought this was a type of flowering grass until I looked it up. It was in a spot of grass between trees in the campground. Spiranthes vernalis

Narrow-leaved Lady’s Tress Orchids. I thought this was a type of flowering grass until I looked it up. It was in a spot of grass between trees in the campground. Spiranthes vernalis

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Female Zabulon Skipper. She was just hanging out in the window in front of the office. The flashes of blue is what caught my eye. I tried to pry open her wings to see what they looked like, but she got mad and left. Poanes zabulon

Female Zabulon Skipper. She was just hanging out in the window in front of the office. The flashes of blue is what caught my eye. I tried to pry open her wings to see what they looked like, but she got mad and left. Poanes zabulon

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