Oct 272015

So we watched the Alabama-Arkansas game from the seventh floor of Gulf Shores Plantation, with the balcony door open to admit the delightful breeze of a 66º fall evening on the Gulf.

We also admitted this dragonfly.


There’s nothing here to indicate scale, but this is a huge insect. It’s easily 5″ from head to tail. It made a lot of racket bumping around until it finally settled, but then—how do we get it back safely outside? Nate found a plastic canister with a hinged lid that fit it perfectly. Cupped the dragonfly, then coaxed it into the bottom of the canister, and finally closed the lid. Release on the balcony. All good.

 Posted by at 9:54 pm
Jun 022013

I was rather unprepared to get a truly good shot of this jumping spider yesterday afternoon, but I got a couple of serviceable ones. This is on the south kitchen wall.  There’s nothing else in the shot, so there’s nothing to establish the spider’s size.  Imagine it as the size of a house cat.  Nothing […]

 Posted by at 7:23 pm
Sep 062012

This hoverfly hung around for half of Nathan’s soccer practice tonight.  He really dug something on my shoe. I poked around a bit trying to get a specific identification, and it’s tough because there are so many.  I’m confident I have family Syrphidae here, but no idea beyond that.

 Posted by at 9:51 pm

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