It was good morning to walk. We saw all kinds of stuff! Skippers, a little Gray Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus), some orb spiders, a crab spider, two different kinds of praying mantises, a dragonfly and some damselflies, leaf hoppers, Harlequin Bugs, a cranefly, bees, and a Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar. I also found some Small Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmia), and I moved in to get some photos of them, the little ones jumped on the larger ones back and she ran off with them. Hah! I then found a whole colony of Leaf-Footed Bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus), a couple of mamas and babies of all sizes from hatchlings to juveniles. Hordes of them on the pods and leaves of the big Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides). It was kind of neat and kind of creepy at the same time. On one of the oak trees I also found a variety of wasp galls. Some were cone-shaped (from the Red and White Cone Gall Wasps, Andricus kingi), some were blobby (from Wooly Leaf Gall Wasp), and some were spiky (from the Spined Turban Gall Wasps, Antron douglasii). It was kind of neat to see them all clustered together in the same area. Around the duck ponds we saw Blue Herons, Green Herons, a large white Egret, crayfish, and a mama Wood Duck with her ducklings amid the ubiquitous geese and ducks. I tried to get as many photos as I could.
After walking for about 2 hours, I drove over to Raley’s and picked up a few groceries — including a locally grown yellow watermelon for supper — before heading home.