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Old Sep 25, 2015, 6:14 PM   #1
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Default Some September "Critters"

The early autumn meadows here in East Tennessee are rich in small wildlife! Mornings in the meadow are gemmed with varied spider webs.
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Old Sep 25, 2015, 6:15 PM   #2
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This little Argiope (?) spider got itself rather gemmed with morning dew!
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And here's a rather bold Autumn Meadowhawk - on a very patient child's finger...
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Common Green Darners hardly every perch, but the cool of an autumn morning kept this one still for just a moment. Tried to get a second shot without the plant obstructions, but she took off...
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Was sharing nature education at a nearby school recently, when the children noticed LOTS of tiny dark frogs. It's a species that spends more time burrowed in than out and about. Notice the fold of skin above the eye - helps keep out dirt while the little Eastern Narrowmouth Toad is feasting on ants!
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Another sharp-eyed student spotted this Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar at their school. Normally green, they turn yellow soon before they pupate. Those eye-spots just might fool a predator!
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One more schoolyard critter discovery - it's a Carolina Mantis. Not the non-native Praying Mantis, but his native cousin. This one was waiting for lunch in the goldenrods.
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Hope you enjoyed a few glimpses of the common small lives of the East Tennessee fields. Thanks for any comments and critique!
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