Not only does Autumn produce some pretty landscape scenery, but pretty scenery on a smaller scale as well....pretty scary!
|Autumn on the Edge|
|The banded garden spider, Argiope trifaciata waiting for the morning dew to evaporate.|
|Araneus marmoreus rebuilding its web. You can see its back leg pulling the web from a spinneret on the abdomen tip.|
|Found around houses, Neoscona crucifera is one of the most common orb weavers people encounter.|
|Another Neoscona crucifera. Notice the glue droplets on some of the web strands. Not all web is sticky, but even the spider can get stuck in its own web if not careful.|
|Ocrepeira ectypa hangs out on the tips of twigs and looks just like a bud of a tree when still.|
|An orange and black color variation of the Eastern hognose snake, Heterodon platyrhinos. Notice the flattened head of the snake on the right side. (Photo by Chris Bedel)|
|Gray rat snake, Pantherophis spiloides, found on side of road. They use the warm roads in fall for temperature regulation.|
|2 brown snakes on the road. One was inflated and acting aggressive, which shows a more striking pattern through its scales.|
|Many of these brown snakes I find under cover boards occupied by ant mounds. They are known to utilize ant burrows in winter.|
|An American toad crossing the road on a warm and rainy fall night.|
|Gray tree frogs were out in force the night of Halloween.|
This fall Rich McCarty came across a bat roosting on the side of a tree. This species of bat has only been observed a few times by the staff. Usually it is viewed flying over the Ohio River, and can be recognized mainly by its size. But on this lucky day, right after Halloween, Rich saw this bat...and if these pics don't induce shivering.....nothing will.
|What would you think this hair ball on the side of a tree is?? (Photo by Rich McCarty)|
|A hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus, hanging on a tree waiting for nightfall. (Photo by Rich McCarty)|
|These migratory bats move north in summer and back south in winter and hibernate in trees and leaf litter. |
(Photo by Rich McCarty)
|Okay, maybe this is why bats are synonymous with Halloween! (Photo by Rich McCarty)|
|Our largest bat, and I might say the most attractive bat with its bi-colored wings, frosty highlighted hair and buff colored face fur. (Photo by Rich McCarty)|
DISCLAIMER: The animals depicted in this post are not dangerous of course. They have just been selected many years ago as the cast of our horror stories and nightmares.
Posted by: Mark Zloba