Polyporus squamosus (Dryad's Saddle)
William C. Roody in Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians says, "Only the young fruitbodies and tender cap margins are suitable for eating. Squamosus means "full of scales."
While there I came across this Millipide. I’m not sure what kind it is. Most of the ones I see are shiny but this one has a dull brown surface which helps it to blend in with the dry soil. It appeared to be stopped and looking into a hole or something. When I knelt down to take a closer look it scurried on as you can imagine.
Lytta aenea (Blister Beetle)
Next was a really beautiful beetle with a beautiful name, Lytta aenea, scurring across one of the bolders next to the river.
From there I drove up to the Blue Ridge Tract to see what was new. I passed a lot of May Apples in full bloom. They have been blooming for at least a week and always a delight to see peeking out from under the supersized leaves.
It is certainly greener than when I was here last.
The Dogwoods (Cornus) were in full bloom.
I became totally involved in looking at leaf rollers and all the interesting shapes. I took tons of photos and will have research to do for the next couple of weeks. I will blog about them at a later date. For now I want to share with you one of the more beautiful looking folds. It reminded me of Origami.
Assassin Bug Nymph - Zelus luridus
Another leaf roll had a Assassin Bug Nymph (Zelus luridus) sitting on top probably waiting for the little larvae to come out or this could be it’s shelter, I just don’t know. It is a member of the Reduviidae family. They grab unsuspecting insects in their raptoral front legs and the sick them with their sharp beaks to suck the life out of them. They also inject a small amount of poison that paralyzes them. It is a tough world out there for insects.
Rhagio - Snipe Fly
Back at the parking lot I found some deer hair and bones. A lot of the hunters leave carcasses there and it can get smelly but I also find some good skulls. The hair is interesting because deer hair is hollow and can be useful for fly fishing ties when they use the floating capability of the hair.
My car side mirror was being attacked by a Cardinal defending its territory. I think he probably felt successful because he chased my car away and we both had a successful day.
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