|Emerald Lake along the Bear Lake trail|
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Trail to Bear Lake|
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I recently got back from another visit to the park and am still settling in. Thursday will be a better day of posting, and the goal is for next week to be hummingbird week!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
|Bold Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax|
The bold jumping spider occurs throughout much of North America from Canada to Mexico, east to Florida. The iridescent green chelicerae and spotted abdomen help distinguish this species. As with many salties, this species is an active hunter feeding on a variety of insects and other spiders. They are common with breeding occurring into late spring, and eggs being laid over the summer. Juveniles will seek out refuge when temperatures drop and go dormant for the winter.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|Rio Grande Chirping Frog, Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides|
While I have already written a decent post on these guys, I only recently managed a semi-good photograph. This guy almost became another animal's food so he was moved to safety. Unfortunately, he didn't stick around after release for a better photo/camera!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Crab spiders of the family Thomisidae do not build webs for capture, but are cryptically colored, waiting predators. Their well-developed first and second legs allow for easier ambush, and their color variation allows them to blend with their surroundings. A few species can even change colors to match the flower and seasonal differences. Often, these spiders are found among leaf litter or within flowers, reached through a series of draglines and ballooning events.
The sixth largest spider family, the most commonly seen of Thomisidae are of the flower-inhabiting genera Misumena, Misumenoides, and Misumenops. These flower spiders are often as brightly colored as the flowers they are lured to. Those within other genera of the family of Thomisidae are often more subdued in coloration due to their habitat preference such as bark or leaf litter. Common prey for these spiders include mosquitoes, bees, moths, flies, and other insects, as well as nectar from the flower.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
|Yucca Moth, Tegeticula sp.|