by Carl Strang
It’s time to shake more photos out of the bag, as we are well into the seasonal transition. Back when the weather was hot, a male blue dasher posed at St. James Farm.
A few weeks ago some odd looking mushrooms came up beneath a cluster of conifers at Mayslake.
Recently I shared a photo of a greenstriped grasshopper nymph. At the time, I wondered whether the brown colors of males and the green colors of females might appear as early as the nymph stage. The earlier individual was brown.
So both colors at least are present in the fall. Though I cannot say for sure, the simplest explanation is that the gender-specific colors appear this early in development.
Also last week, a young house centipede explored my office walls.
Of course, one advantage is that the many feet provide lots of little grippers.