There were quite a lot of amphibians of two species in this pond. Five individuals are visible in this photo. Can you spot them all?
A caterpillar that is nearly invisible on grass.
Flies are very common to see on daisies.
And if you look a bit more closely, crab spiders are also common on daisies.
And sometimes, both are on the same flower, and we can only guess what comes next.
These beautiful spiders don't spin webs, but like to sit on white flowers and wait for an insect to land. Very camouflaged! This one is a female, as the males are much smaller.
There are a lot of cicadas out there. Here is one from the island of Borneo, Malaysia.
The Camouflage Inn is a must visit if you are anywhere near it. Which is to say somewhere north of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and just south of Dubois along route 119.. Yes, it is a bar, so 21 or older to go there.
The people you will meet there are awesome, and if you have time they have stories to tell. Plan a couple hours, as this is not a usual bar and well worth the time visiting.
This coming weekend is Biker Week, so if you have a Harley or similar you will find many friends there.
You can find out what is going on either on their Facebook page:
or their website (which is just getting fired up) at:
UPDATE: I just read the comment from Warren, and it came to me. A crenulated bug. Well, not quite, maybe, but that was enough to get me to the Family: Aradidae (the flat bugs) and the Genus: Aradus.
Not so long ago I put up some pics from Lake Frank. Rock Creek Regional Park is pretty much just across the road, and leads to Lake Needwood. I went up there a second time to have a look at the Rock Creek end of things.
There were deer all over the place, so I took a few pics.
And just to make this post as complex as possible, I am including a camoflage animal shot. Can you find it and name it? Answer photo is at the bottom of this post.
And now, if you have read this far, it is quiz time. A bird and a feather. What species do you think these are (from).
As no one has taken a stab at this feather, I will tell you it is from a northern flicker.
And, since you have been waiting, here is the close-up of the camoflage animal.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist