Hint, Hint

I have very little time to A) write this post and B) get it uploaded, so today’s post is going to be VERY short! In fact, it’s so short, it’s just going to include a few photos hinting at what will come next Monday.

These are among my favorite photos I’ve taken over the last few days:

ant tending aphids

Ant tending aphids

An ant doing what ants like to do.  It’s protecting the colony’s aphid herds from predators while sucking down the sweet juices (honeydew) that the aphids excrete.  This isn’t the most fabulous, Alex Wild style photo in the world, but it’s the best I’ve ever gotten.

Spider on web

Spider on web

A really cool spider that had a huge web running between a railing and a high ceiling on a good, old-fashioned midwestern porch.  This shot was taken at night.  I think it’s a wolf spider of some sort, but I’m not sure.  Anyone want to help me out here?


Spider at porch light

Another cool spider (possibly the same as the other one), hanging out on the porch by the light at night.  Good place to be if you’re a spider!  And finally:

hover fly

Hover fly

A hover fly.  There have been TONS of these out in eastern Missouri.  They like to lick up dried sweat apparently.  They swarmed backpacks and other sweaty items like mad!

If you’d like to know what these four photos have in common, check back next Monday for the explanation.  And to all of you Americans out there, have a great labor day!


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