Wow, it’s well into the new year and I haven’t posted since September. Okay, the fall was really busy!
I’m not sure of the reason why, but we had a couple of weeks in September when Bordered Patches invaded from Texas. So we added a new butterfly to our list here at Windhaven.
The were particularly abundant on the Golden Crownbeard flowers, which I refused to mow, since it was the only wildflower thriving in the drought conditions. At one point I had to wade through them to hang my laundry.
We had some wonderful spiders here last fall as well. I managed to capture this marvelous mama Wolf Spider (those are all her babies on her back). She was very cooperative (but thank goodness for a macro-zoom in my camera).
We also had quite a few Argioppe spiders. This particular had set up her web on one of our lawn chairs, and a tiny male (top of the picture) was trying to sneak up to her to mate. By accident I discovered that I can detect wolf spider at night using an LED ball cap. The spider eyes sparkle at night. Unfortunately, you have to be wearing the hat to find them. Peter thinks I’m crazy, because he has yet to find one, but I can locate them without fail.
|Male and female Argioppe spiders|
We also had quite a few Argioppe spiders setting up shop around the house. This particular female decided to build her web on one of the lawn chairs. A male of the species, trying to be inconspicuous, is sneaking onto her web to try to mate. Sexual selection has favored the tiny males that don’t look like a worthy meal.