Friday, August 15, 2008

The banks of the Moira River

Cinquefoil, a member of the Rose family

Bull Thistle (Composite family)

Daisy Fleabane (Composite family)

Sow Thistle (Composite family)

Jewelweed or Touch-Me-Not (genus Impatiens)

New England Aster (Composite family)

A Flower Spider lurks on Joe-Pye Weed

The common Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)

Grasshopper nymph (Melanoplus femurrubrum)

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) female

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) male

Spread-winged Damselfly (Lestes sp?)

A Harvestman ... this individual has only six legs. The legs of these distant cousins of spiders (order Opiliones, these arachnids produce no venom or silk) are very easily removed and will continue to move after they are detached ... possibly to attract the attention of a predator while the "daddy longlegs" makes good its escape?