|Yellowjackets - Vespula maculifrons|
|Jumping bush cricket- sluh.org|
Stick insects are now clinging to the sides of our house. After spending the summer feasting on the leaves high in the trees, the wind, falling leaves and temperatures are dropping them to the ground where they optimistically start climbing up again. Earlier in the fall they would be found clinging together in a reproductive embrace. Now they are simply putting off the inevitable, as the adults die in winter, leaving the future to the eggs they deposited randomly last month on the forest floor.
Frost flowers have already appeared twice in Bull Creek valley where cold air drops earlier. This year they "blossomed" again on the morning of the WOLF school field trip. They will continue to bloom unless the ground freezes hard. In 2001 we saw frost flowers on 40 mornings. Look for Verbesina virginica, white crownbeard, the best source, along roadsides and fields early on a freezing morning before the sun reaches them.
|Bald-faced hornet nest - Wikipedia|