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Monday, June 30, 2008

My Town Monday

We went to the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve for a quick hike yesterday. Light rain started as soon as we stepped onto the boardwalk, but that didn't deter us.
A golden web orb weaver spider (working on a deer fly in its web.)



Bumblebee on an unidentified flower.

Pitcher plants & pink flowers.

A common wood nymph butterfly.



A flatid planthopper.

Katydid nymph on a bog button flower. The flower's about 1/4" across.

"My Town Monday" is the brainchild of Travis Erwin.

23 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I enjoyed the sprinkles. Kept things cool. I love our walks.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

A great walk! I especially liked seeing the pitcher plants. They are a rare sighting where I live.

Travis Erwin said...

As always great shots. I need to take a walk near my house and share the sights. Maybe that is what I'll do for next week.

debra said...

Lovely photos, Lana. Looks like you had a nice walk.

Rob said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lana. I have been mis-identifying that Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider for several years now. I had it as an Agriope. They're all over CrabAppleLane.

Rob said...

Argiope he meant to dsay.

pattinase (abbott) said...

You really do need to publish a book of these photos. Outstanding.

Steve Malley said...

This post was the next best thing to actually walking through the summer woods. Thanks.

Aine said...

Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos! Jason and I love to go on hikes like this, too. But we find different critters up here in the north. Pitcher plants are a rare find for us-- yours are beautiful!

And I am impressed and amazed by the katydid nymph. Jason posted a photo of a visit from a tiny critter today, also.
:)

Travis said...

GAH! I need spider warnings.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; I do, too, baby. I enjoy everything life has to offer with you. :)

Sandpiper; The flatwoods are recognized as THE place to be to see carnivorous plants. There are lots of endangered plants there, as well, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. I wish I knew more about them...

Travis E.; That'd be cool! You may be surprised at what you find even just in the weeds along the road.

Debra; It was very nice, thanks!

Rob; I'd been misidentifying them as banana spiders, myself. ;)

Pattinase; Alas, I'll have to continue to post them for your free enjoyment here. ;) Thanks for the kind words!

Steve; Anytime! :)

Aine; I'm from the North, myself, so it's a great adventure to explore & learn about the local flora & fauna.

Travis; Perhaps you're best off just assuming my blog will have spider pictures? I'll try to remember (but I'm getting old & feeble now, you know...)

ivan@creatiwriting.ca said...

Makes me think of Henry David Thoreau's pond for some reason.

But such vividness.

You seem to paint the same way.

Barbara Martin said...

Lovely photos, as usual, Lana. Nice one of the stunned deer fly. One less to bite a human. They hurt when they bite just like horse flies.

The banana spider I saw once was a big hairy one like a tarantula that came out of box packed with bananas. The article in the paper said it would be able to eat a small monkey. Yuck. (Travis don't read this).

laughingwolf said...

great pics and education, lana...

here, i just call em 'garden spiders' ;) lol

i don't mind any critter, unless it gets in my face/hair, or sucks my blood... then they DIE! :(

ChrisEldin said...

Beautiful pics!!!
Are orb spiders poisonous? It's a pretty spider though.

Szelsofa's husband is a spider expert. In case....
:-)

Anndi said...

You take such beautiful pictures Lana. I can imagine how lovely that walk was.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

There are only a few places those pitcher plants will grow in Ontario and I have seen them... Amazing - Venus Fly-traps too!

Avery DeBow said...

Pitcher plants? That's what they're called? I'd seen them before, but never knew their name. You're a wealth of information, ma'am.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Great pics and write up, Lana. This is the first time I've seen pitcher plants. How amazing. We have jack-in-the-pulpits, which are somewhat similar, but not the same.

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

Ivan; Thank you. :)

Barbara; Yes...I think deer flies are more persistant, too. The monkey-eating banana spiders are a different variety than the one I'd seen & read about (which did look a lot like this one.) Nature's just amazing, regardless!

Laughingwolf; Trust me, you don't get spiders this huge up there (& not this variety, at all.) I never saw spiders virtually the size of my hand before I moved to the deep South. I agree with you on the face thing, though. Hair I can stand (depending on the creature--like the praying mantis that landed on my head last fall.)

Chris; I don't think these spiders are poisonous, but they don't seem to bother humans or get into houses, so it doesn't matter much.

Anndi; We're trying to take advantage of "cooler" weather whenever we can. Soon we won't be leaving the house much at all & come August, even our central A/C seems insufficient to the task...But I'm trying not to think about that...*LOL*

Michelle; The flatwoods is home to all different kinds of carnivorous plants, from pitchers (like these,) to sundews to bladderworts, etc. It's an interesting ecosystem to watch, too. Sometimes green anoles (those little lizards,) will hang out near the lip of a pitcher plant, waiting for lunch.

Avery; Thanks! In particular these are yellow & parrot pitcher plants. I'm still learning about all of our local flora & fauna, myself, & I like to share the info. :)

JJ; Thank you. :) We had jack in the pulpits where I lived in Ontario. These are definitely different, yes!

Debbielou said...

Amazing photos - not too keen on the spider one !!!!!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

debbielou; Thanks. Good thing the spider's slightly out of focus, then. ;) *L*

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