I've got to get something done - Anything - before the ground freezes and the shorter days become my excuse to sit and sit and sit - book in hand, computer on lap, old movies running endlessly on TV. So, here's to the Equinox and my role models - all the little and great creatures who are scurrying about as they ready themselves for the big sleep.
I couldn't figure out this Differential Grasshopper. Why was he being so patient with my nosiness.
Oh. Sorry, Madame.
Plants, insects - fungi - they're all concerned with DNA dispersal. You might easily guess the common name for this Caninus mutinus
(OK. I'll just whisper the common name: Dog Dickie )
This fly is acting in his own self interest as he gathers fungus spores for dispersal. If you've smelled this fungus you understand the fly's affinity. (For a real 'treat' - click on this fly)
This scene will go down as one of my favorites of late summer - for the glow, the leafy setting - for my best-ever encounter with this stalwart little spider.
We played a little 'hide-and-seek'. (Oh, please click, above)
He'd finally had enough and signaled, "Bug Off!" I did, smiling and smiling - holding my camera close and carefully with my recorded booty. Bev (looking through your gallery), is it Eris militaris, . . . do you have an ID on my brave little fellow? UPDATE! Bug Guide's Phidippus Audax has identical back markings. OK. So my little Bold Jumping spider is common. But he was 'uncommonly' cute.
So, think of me racing around - stowing summer away, filling the larder, organizing closets and shelves . . . . go ahead - dream a little dream of order and serenity - I am . . . . . dreaming.