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