Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Arboretum 8-2-05

This was my first chance in a while to walk the arboretum without having to study a particular area for an upcoming tour.

It's going to be a good year for spiders.

This was a large funnel web spider that had actually stepped out of its funnel.

Not sure what kind this is, but I like the pattern on the abdomen.

On the Red Wine Iochroma Plant:
I always like it when a single plant has a lot of different bugs on it. This is a species of nightshade. Poisonous, but it still has it's community of insects. The most interesting is the 3 lined potato beetle. Their larvae do some serious damage to the leaves. They excrete their waste through an opening in the middle of their backs. The mud-like coating is full of the toxins from the plants, so the little grubs are protected from predators.

Beetlel larvae with their protective layer of toxic poop.

close up

Death of a hornworm. This caterpillar was huge, and gross. What killed it? Who can say. Just another interesting thing to see on this plant. (I also saw flies, wasps, and the adult potato beetles on this bush.)

Wasp nest on a palm frond .

Look closely, you can see the eggs!

I never get tired of grasshoppers
especially when they are so colorful. These are all gray bird nymphs.

Basic green

Nice pattern/colors

This white one looks like it's saluting. It's really just grooming its antenna.
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