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Cepaea nemoralis

Cepaea nemoralisSlicking up the back door. Faster than you think.

Step into my funnel

funnel1Appropriation of the unnatural: this fence post has been taken over by what I think is a sheet-web building grass spider of the genus Agelenopsis. Note the funnel descending into the post. That’s where she hangs out. funnel2I picked up a leaf and gently tapped the other end of the webbing, which brought her out alert and curious. About 1.25″ long.

In the Hudson Highlands

panoramaOn the flank of Mt. Taurus above Cold Spring, NY, yesterday. (Click on this image to view a larger version.)

Leaf Color Chat

leaves1What are the leaves saying?leaves2These colors maybe signaling something. Several somethings, in fact. leaves3I’ll be talking about our friends the leaves tomorrow night at OutdoorFest’s Mappy Hour, 7-9, at the brand new Threes Brewing Co. in Gowanus. So new that it hasn’t opened it; this is a preview event. See here for more details.sumacLeaves, beer, and then maps. A good trio.

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Cobras!

Gleditsia triacanthosWellllll… not exactly. Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) pods posed to show off their curls.pod1So I brought these pods home, and two weeks later, they gave birth! Actually, some… thing emerged, cutting out circular escape passages after devouring the no-doubt tasty seeds within.pod2Here’s a list, which we must presume is only partial, of insects that enjoy this tree.pod3The cut-out portion of seed pod, and the bug.pod4

Dead Skeeter

skeeterSome of you, I know, enjoy my necropsy photographs from the human/mosquito war. Here’s a recent one. She either squeezed through the screens or made it past three doors.

Squirrels

Sciurus carolinensisSciurus carolinensis.Sciurus carolinensis


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