Buzzing, flying, crawling summer insects and creatures are abundant currently all around the Center. It’s nearly impossible to walk through a prairie, or even just up the walkway to the Great Hall and not be captivated by the multitude of insects that are gathering pollen, moving from plant to plant. Disclaimer: I am not an entomologist, so some of the insects below are only identified to the family level, and not to the species.
Wasps and Spiders. These creatures do not have the best reputation, but they are essential to our environment and the ecosystems in which they are a part of. They are intricately patterned, and can be really fascinating to observe…from a distance of course!
I’ve saved my favorite part of my walk in the woods for last. While this post is entitled “insects, up close and personal,” this last creature is not an insect, but an arachnid, called the Garden Spider. I observed this spider for about twenty minutes, and it was fascinating! Different insects would get caught in her web, beetles, grasshoppers, a dragonfly. She would drop down once they were entrapped, enclose them in silk, and then inject the insect with venom to finish killing it, if it was not already dead. The spider would then leave these enclosed insects in the web, saving them to eat later.
Visit this weekend, and soak up the rest of what summer has to offer.