From most of the pictures on this blog, you might think that the only animals we saw this summer were the ones that flew into our nets. Not so!
Of course, whether I can identify these non-birds is a different matter entirely. If you see anything you recognize, please comment and let me know what these exoskeleton-clad creatures are.
The antennae on this moth look like equipment for SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence). Some male moths use their antennae to follow trails of pheromones through the air to find females who are ready to mate.
These alkali bluets (I’m 80% confident on that identification) have already mated. Now, the blue male keeps hold of the brown female to make sure that she doesn’t mate with anyone else before she lays eggs.
This guy was fantastically colorful. He drummed and waved his legs, either threatening or courting us—unfortunately I don’t speak Jumping Spider.
And finally, my favorite: can you find him?