Ocean Art Wednesday: orb-weaver spider

Orb Weaver Spider

Orb Weaver Spider

It is spider season! Seeing lots of spiders busy building webs and hanging out in the trees and bushes. This spider is called the Orb-Weaver spider, it is about 11mm long and has distinctive white markings on its back.

These spiders make the classic “orb” webs that are flat with radiating spokes and a spiral of silk connecting them together. Making spider webs is instinctive for spiders just like smiling and yawning is for people! Some web strands are sticky and others are not and the spider knows just how to get around while other bugs get stuck.

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Ocean Art Wednesday: whirligig beetle

whirligig beetle

whirligig beetle

The Whirligig beetle is amazing. It spins around at high speeds using two powerful front legs. It can dive under water to catch food. Also, it has wings so it can fly to another pond if need be.

The Whirligig beetle has eyes that are actually split in two. One half looks up into the air, and the other half can see what is going on in the water below.

If another bug tries to eat the Whirligig beetle it will get a mouthful of something that tastes like rotting fruit.

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Space Art Monday: Capella critter

Capella critter

Capella critter

The night sky is changing with the seasons now that autumn has arrived.

The brilliant star Capella above the northeast horizon is a sign of cooler nights to come. Capella is in the constellation Auriga  also known as the Charioteer. It is shaped like a face under a pointed cap.

In another few weeks the constellation Orion and its neighbours will be dominating the evening sky.

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Ocean Art Wednesday: beer beetle

beer bettle

Beer Beetle

Summer is officially over but we are still having very warm temperatures so that’s why the post today is on the Beer Beetle. The Beer Beetle is about 6 mm long and is shiny black with some reddish yellow spots on it’s back. Some people call them Sap Beetles. They like to eat rotting fruit. That is why they are attracted to beer mugs that are left out on the patio.

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Space Art Monday: andromeda creature

Andromeda creature

Andromeda creature

The Milky Way hasn’t merged with another large galaxy for a long time. But the Milky Way in the future is going to eat two nearby dwarf galaxies in about four billion years.

Wow! Did you know that the Andromeda galaxy will devour our Milky Way in about 5 billion years!

So what kind of creatures live way over there in the Andromeda galaxy?

Here is one that just might live there. Don’t be fooled by its mini wings; they can really power along.

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Ocean Art Wednesday: water scorpion

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Here on the west coast you make be lucky to see a water scorpion. They live in ponds and look like a praying mantid. Like mantids they do catch their prey with their forelegs. The water scorpion is different in that their heads do not turn and swivel to look all around them.

Also, they have piercing, sucking mouthparts, not the chewing mouthparts like  mantids. Adult water scorpions grow wings so if the pond dries out they can fly to another one close by.

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Space Art Monday: galaxy jumpy bug

Galaxy Jumpy Bug

Galaxy Jumpy Bug

This small bug can jump from one galaxy to the next!

That’s just my guess, because when things get too hot in one place critters have to move on somehow and what better way than with a long tail to spring a big jump.

The Milky Way galaxy is our home in space. It is a massive galaxy of approximately 400 billion stars, and probably a similar number of planets.

Jump, jump, jump……..

 

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