Anyone know what kind of spider spins these double cobwebs in fields? They look cool when they’re covered in morning dew, anyway.
As far as I can tell, this brown/black butterfly with yellow spots (or “bands,” or “stripes”) is a Giant swallowtail butterfly.
…I didn’t realize until I started processing the photo that it’s missing a significant chunk of its left wing tail. Guess that’s why it stayed still and posed for my camera for so long.
This little orange butterfly is (as far as I can tell) a Pearl Crescent! It’s very similar to Silvery Checkerspot butterflies, except those silvery checkerspots have ring-spots on their hind wings, not polka-dot-spots.
…Truth be told, at the time, I was just happy to photograph a bug that stayed put long enough for me to take its picture.
Just what you needed to see on a Monday: copulating Japanese beetles. You ask— well, actually, nobody asked— but I deliver for you, all the same.
Japanese beetles are very pretty bugs, but they’re an invasive species and have a reputation for being awfully destructive to American plants.
The dragonflies are out!
When I read a book about evolution a couple months ago, I learned that dragonflies are in a (disputed) evolutionary group called Paleoptera— “primitive wing.” Most insects can fold their wings back over their abdomens (making them Neoptera, “new wing”), but NOT DRAGONFLIES. Unfoldable dragonfly wings are the kind of wings that bugs had back when bugs first evolved wings.
I saw a bunch of red admiral butterflies! I think they were mating. Mostly they were zipping around way faster than my camera could catch them, but occasionally they’d rest on the ground near me for a minute or two.
(By “I saw a bunch” I mean “I saw more than one.” I’m not sure whether I saw two or twenty.)
Representatives of the Liberty Science Center, which is located about an hour away from us (in Jersey City), came out to Maplewood’s Green Day to give demonstrations on composting (among other things).
In order to compost, you need worms, right? So they brought some red wigglers along, and let the kids hold ’em.
As you’d expect, the red wigglers wiggled a lot.
Because it was an educational science demonstration, they got into the science of how and why you need worms for composting.
There was even an anatomical model of the innards of an earthworm (shown above), which is quite honestly the thing that drew me over to the booth, because I am a giant nerd.
This concludes my coverage of Green Day! ‘Til next year.
Until I Googled “coneflower” just now, I didn’t know that coneflowers = echinacea. But you probably did.
In case you, like me, DIDN’T know… echinacea (commonly pronounced “ek-in-AY-shuh”) is supposed to naturally boost your immune system. Studies still seem to be conflicting as to whether or not it actually does much good, but since the main side effects seem only be problematic if you’re allergic, ya might as well try it (as long as you have an epi-pen nearby).