Harbinger of Pawpaws…

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The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of the Pawpaw tree. When searching for the pawpaw fruit late in the summer, it is always a good indicator of nearby trees when these zebras are sighted. I was surprised to see them this early in the spring since I had seen no butterflies of any kind before today, and the pawpaws have just barely started to leaf out. The several days of 80 degree weather must have stimulated them.

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Honeycomb…

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I don’t know what to make of these honeycombs out in the open. I suppose they were made by bees, but I thought there should have been some kind of structure surrounding them. There was no evidence on the ground below of anything having fallen down. Maybe one of you onlookers can shed some light on it.

Harvestman (Opiliones)…

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Some people call them “Daddy Longlegs” or “Granddaddy Longlegs”. Although they belong to the class Arachnids, they are not spiders. Actually, they are more closely related to scorpions than to spiders. The Harvestmen have the ability to detach a leg to avoid predators. The legs have a pacemaker-like organ in a leg joint which can make the leg continue to twitch for quite a while after becoming detached (presumedly to distract a predator). This one looks like it has lost a couple of legs since it is only sporting six instead of eight.

Dewy Web…

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I enjoy taking a walk in the woods on a foggy morning…you’re a lot less likely to walk face-first into a hidden spider web.

Spider Socks…

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Sawdust in the shop is kinda slowing her down.

Eggy Deposit…

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Spiders??

Wasp on Wasp Mayhem…

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