I saw this gorgeous green legged spider with metallic abdomen on the garden gate:
I believe it’s an — Orchard Spider (Leucauge venusta)
...looks like the photos here https://www.decemberized.com/ribugs/index.php?ID=247
Identification: These two very different forms had once been considered separate species.
...The two forms hybridize where their ranges overlap, creating various intermediate forms
...The White Admiral form usually occurs north of a line through north central New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota. The Red-spotted Purple form is usually found south of this line.
Observation date: Jul 01, 2019
Submitted by: tom nolan
Region: Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
Verified by: Will Kerling
Verified date: Jul 10, 2019
applestar wrote:I finally took some photos of the Question Marks
-- alarming-looking, like I said...
They have been transforming into chrysalises (7 so far)
Look at the fancy schmancy silvery spots:
(They actually look like liquid silver)
Hummingbirds dive to dazzle females in a highly synchronized display
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/12/ ... ed-display
Groundhog - Wikipedia
‘red-tailed hawks can take groundhogs at least of up to the size of yearling juveniles’
I mentioned about it in 2016, too —applestar wrote:I nearly missed it, but there must have been one of those hatching events that attracts dragonfly and swallowtail flyovers yesterday. [...]
After coming inside, I was looking out of the upstairs window and noticed the swallows flying over the house and garden, and then also noted the dragonflies flying mid-level.
Subject: 2015 Backyard bird and butterfly (and dragonfly too) watching
September, 2015applestar wrote: I think I posted about one of these before – there was some kind of insect hatching event in my garden again.
The videos I took today were pretty low quality, but, [...]
Here are a couple of stills extracted from the videos (tap/click to enlarge):
applestar wrote:There was a swarming event of dragonflies over our front lawn again yesterday. I only noticed around 10:30 AM and I didn't see very many swallows this time. Not sure if it's because it was earlier this time or because I missed them -- I had to water yesterday and my attention was focused on the ground, so I didn't look up at all until then
Subject: identify this tomato disease >> Tomato Russet Mitesapplestar wrote: RUSSET MITES
...I had my suspicions after lower leaves of some of the plants started to wither, so I finally broke out the kids' "toy" digital microscope. Very old model and lousy quality, but you can see them.
...now to go retrieve the license serial number from my old computer so I can use this updated software properly (the trial copy only let me use pixels as measurement unit). The 200X was actually a video clip but flickr only uploaded a photo --- guess I'll have to figure that out later.
applestar wrote:I'm seeing TRM on some of my Winter Indoor Tomatoes
But not a severe infestation (yet) -- but some of my plants are losing leaves one by one from the bottom -- only thing is they don't get totally russeted as I would expect but just dry up.
I looked under our (basically a toy) digital microscope and I only see a mite here, a mite there,... On the entire dried up leaf. Not sure what exactly is going on.
If you look at the top right photo, there are brown "something" sprinkled all over. They seem to be covering the entire surface. I tried to get some close ups, but I can't seem to get any good, focused image.