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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Summer "Critters"

Here's a sampling of some of the miscellaneous "critters" encountered on the trail this summer.

It's been an excellent summer for White Tailed Deer - plenty of rain and warmth means plenty of vegetation.
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Perhaps the deer are a bit too tame for their own good!
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Land Snails like it warm and wet too. This White-Lipped Forest Snail was slowly climbing a stick at Flint Rock on Holston Mountain.
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Lots of summer "bugs" means lots of "lunch" for the spiders. Here's an Arrowshaped Micrathena "hanging out" in its web.
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Warm wet weather is also perfect for odonates. Here's a 12-spotted Skimmer on his favorite pondside perch.
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A Blue Dasher at the same pondů
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And a pair of Variable Dancers laying eggs in the same pond.
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Ebony Jewelwings prefer streamside locations.
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And Meadowhawks hunt in the damp meadows.
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This Black-Shouldered Spinyleg was also hunting in the meadow. Notice the big spines on his legs - helps him catch butterflies, etc., on the wing!
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