Invertebrates

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Invertebrates account for 70% of all known species of living organisms-microbes, plants, and animals.  If we just consider animals, 96% of known species are invertebrates.

--J. Reese Voshell, Jr. 

 

  • Marbled Orb Weaver

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    Orb weavers do not have good vision, but rely on vibrations from their web to alert them when a meal is caught.  These boldly colored spiders build new webs daily and prefer areas that are moist and near a water source.  Females are double the size of the male. You're more likely to see this species of spider during the summer or autumn seasons.  

  • Eastern Pondhawk

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    While canoeing, boating, or walking trails close to the water, you may encounter an eastern pondhawk.  These dragonflies are boldly colored and fun to watch.  When males and females first become adults, they start out bright green in color, but over time, the male develops a waxy coat that gradually turns his body bright blue (underneath that waxy coat, they are still bright green!).  They are great to have around because they hunt for their meals, which just happens to be other insects...especially mosquitoes!

  • Freshwater Macro Invertebrates

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    Scuds, midge larvae, earthworms.  These, and many more freshwater macro invertebrates, play an important role in the diet of waterfowl.  These invertebrates give ducks and geese the protein they need to be able to have a successful clutch of eggs.  Freshwater macro invertebrates are also fun to catch.  Take a net to your nearest lake, pond or stream and see what you can find!  You will be amazed at the number of invertebrates you have never noticed before!