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Old Sep 8, 2012, 8:38 PM   #11
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And the same kind of spider from below (you can see the spinnerets/opening where the silk is produced.)
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Old Sep 8, 2012, 8:41 PM   #12
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Our East Tennessee meadows and forests are rich with small discoveries these fine almost-autumn days. Hope you enjoyed a few of the 6-legged and 8-legged discoveries, and that you will share your comments, critique & suggestions!
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Old Sep 8, 2012, 9:02 PM   #13
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Mole, these are wonderful, as usual. I wonder if the State of Tennessee realizes what a talent they have working for them? You are a great ambassador for the State, and the Park Service.
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Another excellent set.
Thanks for showing us your amazing part of the world.
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Old Sep 9, 2012, 4:39 AM   #15
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Mole, these are wonderful, as usual. I wonder if the State of Tennessee realizes what a talent they have working for them? You are a great ambassador for the State, and the Park Service.
+1. Well said indeed.

A lovely set with some superb butterfly shots but the highlights for me are of course the Clearwing Moths, which fascinate me, and most especially the weird & wonderful Arrowshaped Micrathena.
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Awesome spider shots.

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Amazing detail Mole, This is the first Clearwing Moth I have ever seen, very interesting series. Things are cooling off here and there was very little action around my pond this weekend.

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Old Sep 12, 2012, 5:39 PM   #18
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Hawgwild - You are too kind!

Bikms - Thanks so much!

Kevin - So glad you enjoyed the little Clearwings. All the Micrathena spiders are amazing creatures - many are studded with various thorn-like growths - probably to make them harder to swallow!

Rodney - Thanks! Spiders sure fun photos subjects, as well as fascinating animals.

Hans - Glad you liked them. Clearwings are not that scarce, but easy to miss. It's easy to think, "Oh, that's just another bumblebee," and not even really see them. Their flight is much like a hummingbird's, but they are much smaller.
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Wonderful photos of some remarkable creatures. Thank you for reminding us that there is wonder all around!
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Another wonderful series Mole. My favorite is the Nursery Web Spider, fabulous detail!

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