A honeybee visits the flowers on a French mulberry. Honeybees and other pollinators are having a hard time this summer with temperatures consistently near or exceeding the 100-degree mark.
Venom on the hoof
According to entomologists at the University of Florida, the Io moth caterpillar, Automeris io, has a row of tubercles with spines that connected to poison glands. This insect can have two generations a year and overwinters in the pupal stage. Did not know any of this when I took the photo and am glad not to have picked him up.
The itsy bitsy spider
Tarantulas are beautiful creatures. Because of their round bodies, thick legs and hair, they almost seem cute, in an arachnoidal (is that a word?) way. This little one was on the sidewalk this morning as I made the rounds with the mower and weed whacker. He was about an inch and a quarter in diameter.
Jumping spiders are also cute, with their fuzz and their big eyes, but tarantulas take the cake.
East and west
Days of drought were interrupted by a pair of popup thunderstorms. The light from the setting sun hit the mist left by the storm creating a beautiful yellow light. It was a given I’d run out with the camera. The picture hardly captures the beauty of the sunset. Took the shot and turned to go and download it to the computer. That’s when I looked east and was stunned by a beautiful double rainbow.
Arkansas is going through a bit of a dry period, not uncommon in the summer time. However, summer is also good at cooking up pop-up thunderstorms. This anvil skirted about 30 miles to the south of Little Rock. Its roiling water vapor beautifully lit by the setting sun.
A July 4th ride in the more isolated areas of Perry and Saline counties yielded some interesting sights.