Silver spot underneath
This turtle is laying eggs within inches of her nest last year. I will place a small chicken wire cap over the nest to protect it from lawn mowing and some predators.
a very heavy bloom of these this spring.
I planted a few of these at the edge of my meadow on the advice of VA wildlife. I am not sure that was a good idea, they can be invasive
Ant is carrying a white insect. I followed it for some distance but did not see the ant next. Is this food or some juvenile form being moved.
On one deep branch in the pond, I counted 6 of these spiders each with a 30 cm web. As sun hit the water in the morning, a hatch of small full bodied insects swarmed and many were caught in the webs within minutes. The spiders were very fast in immobilizing their prey and moving on to the next.
My 500th observation on iNaturalist. Thanks everyone for this wonderful community.
I made my ID based on seeing the parents.
In profuse bloom along the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially MP 169 area.