I was too tired to look at the blog yesterday.
This afternoon, the last thing I (thought) I would do before I quit for the day was to cut off a couple of old hydrangea flower heads whose stems had broken.
There were spiders among the drying petals. I went for the camera.
|Worn out dark blue hydrangea|
The spiders were all tiny, some barely big enough to cover a pinhead, some slightly bigger, but more mobile.
|I snapped umpteen variants of this; Ma spider just slipping around to the far side of the stem.|
And as I chased spiders, I found a whole community of critters, so small that I hadn't realized they were there. So that's what all the spiders have been eating!
|Snail, a couple of millimetres across.|
|Whiteflies. About 1 - 2 mm. A pest, but they weren't too numerous. And winter is coming.|
|Baby American house spider. Probably eats whiteflies; they're about her size.|
|Another one. These were so small that I couldn't see what they were with the naked eye.|
|A small meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius, about 1/4 inch long. Another of the critters that keep moving to the far side of the leaf.|
|A very small weevil that I couldn't identify. I like his back markings; the back side of a comic-book hawk? A Sasquatch in a rain cape?|
|Earwig hiding in the crotch of a flower stem. A composite; one photo had the head in focus, another had the tail. And none had the middle. And then the 'wig ran away.|
|This earwig was from a few days earlier, on a rhododendron leaf. I really want to get a good photo because I love the markings on the thorax. Try again!|
|This spider, and several others like her, fell out of the flower heads as I de-leafed them. They're very fast runners.|
Chased but not caught: a flock of those orange flies with the red, red eyes. And I put my head, again, through a cross spider's web.