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Arboreal Orb Weavers

There are several species of Neoscona and Araneus orb weavers in Missouri, and some are quite difficult to distinguish, even by specialists. Often, one must note small details of their anatomy in order to “key them out” to determine the species.

Neoscona species have a slightly triangular-ovate abdomen with a pattern resembling an upside-down spruce tree. On each side of this midline may be black, brown and greenish-brown markings. The legs usually are gray with brown rings. The carapace may be gray with brown markings. Araneus species may be similarly marked and colored, though some are quite showy and less hairy.

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Size: 

 Length: usually about 1/4 inch (not including the legs); males are smaller than females.

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Habitat and conservation: 

 These rather large and often hairy spiders are common in open woods, brushy fields, in tall grassy areas, and around fenceposts and buildings. They are common on the eaves of houses and barns. They may build their webs wherever structures are present for support and where flying insects commonly pass through.

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Eating a daddy long leg spider. 
Foods: 

 Flying insects such as moths and crane flies are the principal prey. Once caught in sticky strands of the web, they are bitten and trussed by the spider, which later eats them. Many orb weavers are nocturnal and have the peculiar habit of eating and rebuilding their webs each day. Webs are built at dusk and used for snaring prey during the night. At dawn, the spider reingests the strands (along with moisture that has collected on it as dew) and recycles the nutrients in making the next web.

Human connections: 

 The amazing web patterns have fascinated humans for millennia. E. B. White wrote his classic “Charlotte’s Web” about an Araneus spider. Orb weavers control populations of flying insects, many of which are pestiferous. Orb weavers don’t bite unless molested, and their bites are not dangerous, anyway.

Ecosystem connections: 

 These spiders control populations of flying insects. Although they may seem ferocious, outside their webs and hiding places these delicate creatures are quite vulnerable to predation themselves. Also, their egg sacs are relished by many species and, for example, provide winter food for many birds. For more information please check it out at http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/arboreal-orb-weavers#

Beautiful Autumn Colors

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I am just so ready for beautiful colors and weather. The Autumn season is my favorite time of the year.

Captured at Brynesmill, Mo. 2012

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Capture at a near by Lake 

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Capture at Washington State Park in Missouri

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This one of my favorite! Artist capturing a Artist on the Old Byrnesville Mill Bridge

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My Cardinal Bird Captures

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The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals dont migrate and they dont molt into a dull plumage, so theyre still breathtaking in winters snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

True Love Cardinal Mates for Life

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Memories of Old Times

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Great Portrait Shoots

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Bucks and Babes Deer Captures

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Elk in the meadow
I captured this photo of this beautiful Elk while hiking. I had to hurry up take the picture and get the heck out of the area. It is rutting season and I wanted no part of those antlers.

Taken on my hike in a park. I was being very still and quiet in between the trees. I sat there for a long while wanting to capture a tender moment. This is as close as I got to come. They looked right at me.I just love my deer.

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This was captured at Jefferson Barracks Park. This little baby doe was lying on my Dad’s Grave 🙂 It made me cry, but such a great felling because my Dad Love Deer!

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Oh When Is It Friday

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I was taking pictures of the Boxer Puppy and this picture reminded me so much of a long week  we all have probably had .

That droopy face says it all!!

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The Beauty of Butterflies

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This page is dedicated to the enjoyment of butterflies, some of our world’s most beautiful creatures. The species I have photographed here are all Missouri native, with each specimen being a beautiful creature in its own unique way. Unfortunately, this kind of simple beauty that butterflies possess can often be overlooked in the busy-ness (business) of life. Thus I created a little interesting facts on different kinds. I hope you enjoy!

The Anise Butterfly
There is so many various kinds of Swallow Tails. Colors also depend on Male and female.The elegant Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is often mistaken for the Eastern Black Swallowtail . The caterpillars look nearly identical! The adults definitely have differences in markings, that, when compared side-by-side, are evident. Captured this is my back yard.

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I captured this at Shaw’s Nature Reserve in Missouri.

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This is the Black Swallow Tail

The black swallowtail, also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma.

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This is the Eastern Blue Butterfly

Eastern tailed blue butterflies can easily go unnoticed with their small size. Sneaking up on and capturing in the cameras view finder can be challenging. This eastern tailed blue landed on white clover. .Eastern tailed blues facts: wingspan 3/4 to 1 inch; males irridescent blue above and summer females brown above; found practically anywhere except deep woods; flies low to ground and perches low; lays eggs on legumes, especially clovers, beans and tick.

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This is the Paper Kite Butterflies Not from Missouri

The Paper Kite Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. The way the light shines through the wings is just amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass.This was capture at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Mo.

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The Blue Clipper

The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Painted Butterfly

This is one of the most common butterfly species in the world. The only places it doesn’t live are on Antarctica and some remote islands. It even migrates to Hawaii and Iceland!

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The Tiger Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly

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The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucas) is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and body (some females are brown or black, mimicking the poisonous pipevine swallowtail). This relatively common butterfly has a wingspan of 3.5-6.5 inches (9-16.5 cm). Southern subspecies are larger than the northern ones.
These butterflies are called swallowtails because they have long “tails” on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a type of bird).

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For more information on butterflies
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Tigersw.shtml

Salute To our Men and Women

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank you!!!

We salute every soldier who’s served this great nation. And offer a heart of thanks and appreciation! I salute each member of our armed forces. And are thankful for their efforts and resources! I salute every son and daughter lost in a war. YOU are what serving this country is meant for!

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Can I Bug You ? My Photography of Macro Dragonflies

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I was visited by this funny green little guy while fishing. He came up on me just like he was asking me what ya doing.. Some interesting information.The dragonflies agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.I am amazed at these little insects. They are just amazing to sit and watch the behavior. 

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As nymphs, dragonflies live in the water.
There’s a good reason why you see dragonflies and damselflies around ponds and lakes – they’re aquatic! Female dragonflies deposit their eggs on the water’s surface, or in some cases, insert them into aquatic plants or mosses. Once hatched, the nymph (or naiad, in this case) spends its time hunting other aquatic invertebrates. Larger species will even eat the occasional small fish or tadpole. After molting 9-17 times, the dragonfly will finally be ready for adulthood, and the nymph will crawl out of the water to shed its final nymphal skin.

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A dragonfly nymph breathes through its anus.
A damselfly nymph breathes with gills at the end of its abdomen. The dragonfly nymph’s gills, oddly, are inside its rectum. That’s right, it breathes with its butt. The dragonfly nymph will pull water into its anus, where gas exchange occurs. When the dragonfly expels the water from its rear, it propels the nymph forward, providing the added benefit of locomoti

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The male dragonfly has secondary sex organs.
In nearly all insects, the male sex organs are located at the tip of the abdomen. Not so in male dragonflies. His copulatory organ is on the underside of his abdomen, up around the second and third segments. His sperm, however, is stored in an opening of his ninth abdominal segment. Before mating, he has to fold his abdomen and transfer his sperm to his penis.

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Long before the dinosaurs walked the Earth, dragonflies took to the air. If we could transport ourselves back 250 million years, we would immediately recognize the familiar site of dragonflies flying in pursuit of prey. Griffenflies, the gigantic precursors of our modern dragonflies, took flight in the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.DSC_2452 DRAGON FLY YELLOW NAME

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Old Chevy Truck 1950’s

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I just love this vintage trucks. Hope you ENJOY! as much as I have.

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The 1950 model year brought about the end of the postwar seller’s market. Now, suddenly, America‘s insatiable appetite for anything on wheels came to an abrupt halt. Buyers were starting to pick and choose again (though they would make 1950 a record-setting year for car and truck purchases, spurred on to some degree by the start of war in Korea). Trucks had sold well during the previous four years, and Chevrolet had topped the market; total Chevy truck registrations had reached 345,519 by ’49. But with buyers now in control, Detroit recognized that the sales race was about to heat up. 
Even so, not much changed on 1950 Chevrolet trucks. Horsepower and torque did increase by two on the Thrift-Master, to 92 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 176 pound-feet at 1,000-2,000 rpm, thanks mainly to a revised Rochester carburetor and slightly bigger exhaust valves. Tubular rear shocks became standard, and the three-quarter-ton pickup now used eight-leaf front springs.

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It is OFFICIAL MY “MIRACLE” LITTLE GIRL IS MINE :) Dog Rescued!Loved!Mine!

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      FEB 6, 2013   UPDATE, UPDATE   ,UPDATE  

Well it has been a year we have had Miracle and  I just wanted to show you a picture of the difference and tell you she is a great Blessing. We just love her so much.            

 THIS IS THE BEFORE AND NOW PICTURE 😉

                                                                       

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Hello everyone!! Sorry to be absent again for way to long ! I have missed you all! Trying to get acclimated to my new job ,Taking care of my Miracle!!

 I wanted to give you a update on Miracle!! 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words! In this case it is!! She is doing FANTASTIC ! And she is MINE! SHE IS A OFFICAL PRETEND CORGI ! 

I decided that I could not give her up to after what she had been through. I just did not trust anyone to give her the care and love she needed. So my little GIMP is mine! 

WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY CAR AND LEFT  IN DITCH FOR 5 DAYS and Rescued That was the day we fell in LOVE!

Pelvic and Hip Fractures They did not expect her to live . So I fostered this little dog and the rest is history!

                                                                       THIS IS NOW!! HEALTH HAPPY LITTLE GIRL

 AND THEY SAID SHE WOULD NOT MAKE IT!! HA HA SHOWED THEM THAT IS WHY SHE IS NAMED    

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My Favorite quote

                       ANIMALS ARE SUCH AGREEABLE FRIENDS-they ask no questions,they pass no criticisms