Little Wonders Program: A New Way to See Some Common Critters
by Photographer & Naturalist Sharon Mammoser
Have you ever been in a field on a dewy morning and noticed the hundreds of thousands of tiny water drops clinging to everything? When the sun shines just right, they look like diamonds sparkling magically, especially when they are hanging from thin strands of silk. Do you know much about the spiders who create this “art”? Have you seen the wings of dragonflies, beetles or butterflies decorated with these miniature beads of dew, “frozen” in the moment in time until the warmth of the sun allows them to fly again? Maybe in your own yard you have come across 6 or 8 legged creatures that you brushed away or ignored, never really looking closely or thinking much about them.
Did you know that at any time, it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive? And that most of them are NOT considered pests? Insects, spiders, and other invertebrates are part of our ecosystems and are essential to life as we know it.
Join us for an informal evening with old and new friends as we look more closely at some of the small creatures with whom we share our yards. With stories, beautiful photography and lots of interesting discussion, this program is sure to be memorable– and informative. You just may acquire a new appreciation for those animals so many fear or dislike.
This FREE Program is at The Compleat Naturalist in Biltmore Village on Friday, June 26th from 6:30 -8:30. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Address is 2 Brook Street, Asheville NC 28803
Check out some of the pictures we’ll be looking at in the program. Click on any of them to make larger and then use the arrows to look at more images. Have fun! I hope to see you there!
If you attended the program and would like more information, CLICK HERE FOR THE LINKS.