Of course I am still looking for spiders and I found this one from the genus Tetragnatha. There are 25 species in North America to choose from I think this one is Tetragnatha straminea. Also notice how long the legs are; they are about ten times the length of the carapace.
The walk along the river was really nice. Spice bushes are always good places to search for insects and it smell so nice as I turn over leaves.
To my surprise I found this fun looking colorful caterpillar out in the open. It is a Spicebush caterpillar (Papilio troilus) pretending to look like a snake. I think Disney should make a movie about caterpillars. This one could be one of the main characters. When it is in the early stages of growth it looks like bird poop so there could be a lot of fun teasing about that in the movie.
I have this whole cast of caterpillar characters in my head and maybe later this winter I will do a blog featuring them. For now I just want to show this one.
Here is a photo of two adults taken at an earlier time.
When I turned around to go back to my car I spotted a Praying Mantis eating a couple of bees.
Hello, do you want to join me? I have two bees.