We got your birds and your arthropods today. First, reader Mark Sturtevant has a sort of quiz:
It turns out that for both of these photos your readers might enjoy answering the question: What is going on?
- This harvestman (possibly Leuronychus pacificus) has something stuck on its front leg. What is it? [Click to enlarge.]
- I crawled through tall thistles to take this picture of a female banded argiope (Argiope trifasciata) because I saw she had a smaller companion. I was astonished when I uploaded the picture to my computer to see a scene that was rich with depravity. What is going on? Look carefully:
Here’s a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) from reader Diana MacPherson:
From reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho:
And a song sparrow (Melospiza melodia):