This isn't the only unique thing about A. aurantia. The male literally dies of a heart attack after inserting his second sperm laden palp into the female. The whole story is too gruesome for this blog (but you can read it here).
As we were getting back on the bus, another student found this beautiful Argiope trifasciata, the common banded garden spider. Its worldwide presence is thought to be due to accidental human introduction, to Central & South America, Australia, the Mediterranean region, Africa, Sri Lanka, the South Pacific Islands, and China.
this video. The first half is somewhat out of focus but you will get the idea. When last seen, the millipede was tightly wrapped for a future dinner.
Discover Nature Schools is a curriculum created by the Missouri Department of Conservation to give students "hands-on learning, teaches problem-solving, and provides authentic and local contexts for learning." DNS prepares teachers to teach students from pre-K through high school about Missouri’s native plants, animals, and habitats and connects them with nature.